Empressr, A Flash PowerPoint Competitor

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A number of Ajax based powerpoint applications have launched in the past few month – notably Zoho Show and Thumbstacks (Thumbstacks also has a Flash option).

Empressr, headquartered in New York, is the newest entrant into this space. It’s a flash-based application with rudimentary features.

Online office applications are serious business with real acquisition possibilities. Writely, an online word processor, was acquired by Google earlier this year, and Google launched Google Spreadsheets, an online version of Excel, last month. Powerpoint web applications are probably next.

There are three key feature areas that I think must be covered if an online version of Powerpoint is to succeed. First, at least basic creation tools need to be developed. Second, the applications need to import and export in Powerpoint format. Third, the files need to be viewable online via shared or public hyperlinks. A PDF export feature would be nice as well.

Empressr allows sharing of presentations, but the creation tools aren’t there yet and there is no import/export to powerpoint (or PDF) available. Look for future versions to include these features.

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    Maybe Seagate is better to continue to wait on Flash SSD or go in a different direction. It has been shown for years that DRAM SSD already solves all I/O bottlenecks, working in a non-disruptive fashion with existing hard drive arrays, without the known Flash anxieties of suspect durability and non-sustainable performance. Also, as Tier 0 transaction-intensive data involves significant reading AND writing of information, why go through this standards exercise to solve only 50% the problem? Pairing Flash for incrementally faster Read performance with hard drives for Writes is a partial solution at best. With entry level units now under $10K, DRAM SSDs are actually less expensive than Flash SSDs, as less DRAM SSD capacity will provide more performance boost than multiple Flash units RAIDed together, while solving 100% of the bottleneck issues. Nothing on the market can compete on price or performance with a combination of DRAM SSD for Tier 0 needs and HDDs for capacity. For proof, use benchmarks such as Iometer or in house use cases. As for “DRAM SSD is volatile” concerns, so are servers and DRAM cache in existing storage arrays. Take the same precautions and all will be well.

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  • Robert

    Can you say “buying time” kids?

    Of course you need to wait, they don’t have product to sell yet. When they do, the waiting will be over.

    Anyway, to the above poster, pairing SSD’s for reads with conventional hard drives for writes, is exactly what I’m testing now, with the results being dramatic. Processes finishing 8 times faster…just to tease you with some results.

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