We’ve been nominated as a Best of Interop finalist. I’ve talked with some of the folks at Interop, and it was great to learn they share our excitement about Solstice. More importantly Interop is an IT-focused conference, so they recognize Solstice for what it represents in the IT world: A revolution that will transform displays from individual hard-to-access hardware components into IT-managed infrastructure.
Solstice is the first software to move what are now more than 93 trillion pixels into the managed IT landscape. Those pixels are hanging in shared conference rooms, hallways, team rooms and offices around the world. Until recently, the only way to access those displays was through the one-presenter-at-a-time approach. Users had to stress about cable adaptors and worry about the resolution and format their device supported just to share a media stream during a meeting. Clearly these traditional paradigms for sharing media do not encourage collaboration.
Imagine if you could walk into a room and connect to any display in your environment with a click of a button on your iPad, smartphone or laptop. Enterprise displays become a single accessible pixel landscape, a landscape of visual resources that is managed through software. Your legacy displays just became something new.
This is what Solstice does. The idea that software can transform specialized and expensive hardware into more capable and cost-effective infrastructure is nothing new. Almost every aspect of our computing environment has undergone a price/performance explosion over the past four decades using the same recipe. Compute cycles, which were once housed in large specialized mainframes maintained by a few individuals, were replaced by more general computing platforms driven by the same personalized apps and can be maintained at the Genius Bar in your local shopping mall. I worked as a teenager in the Disk Memory Division of HP and literally sat next to a disk drive that was as big as a refrigerator and could hold a gig of memory. Nowadays four times that amount of storage is only a tiny fraction of the tiny iPhone. The same thing occurred with computer gaphics when specialized hardware platforms at SGI were transformed by software and open standards (OpenGL) into modern graphics cards at NVIDIA and other companies. One could argue this same trend transformed the hardware used on every street corner with public pay phones (which required specialized maintenance, closed networks, and legacy decade-long revision cycles) into the phones that reside in our pockets and are free of those constraints.
I’ve believed for more than a decade that the world’s displays represent that largest untapped infrastructure in the world – this is why we built Solstice. It’s exciting to see that Interop recognizes the potential as well by selecting Solstice as a Best of Interop finalist. Thanks!
If you haven’t seen Solstice in action, take a look at this short video to get a feel for what it does. If you’re going to be at Interop, please stop by our booth (#538) so you can see its full effect.