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DEFINITION: A virtual community is a community of people sharing common interests, ideas, and feelings over the Internet or other collaborative networks. A possible inventor of this term and one of its first proponents was Howard Rheingold, who created one of the first major Internet communities, called "The Well." In his book, The Virtual Community, Rheingold defines virtual communities as social aggregations  … 
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A Guide to Utilizing Virtualization in a Disaster Recovery Strategy
sponsored by Dell and Microsoft
EGUIDE: In this expert E-Guide, brought to you by SearchServerVirtualization.com and Dell, you will discover the steps essential for effectively integrating server virtualization into your disaster recovery strategy.
Posted: 20 Apr 2009 | Published: 20 Apr 2009

Dell and Microsoft

Collaboration solutions: Solutions for small and medium business
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RESOURCE CENTER: Check out this IBM resource center to identify collaboration software solutions specifically geared towards small and medium-sized businesses.
Posted: 18 Feb 2009 | Published: 18 Feb 2009

IBM

The Virtual Office Checklist
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WHITE PAPER: The technology behind remote access is called a "virtual private network," or "VPN," and it establishes a private, secure network connection over a public network, such as the Internet.
Posted: 10 Oct 2008 | Published: 10 Oct 2008

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Magic Quadrant for Team Collaboration and Social Software, 2007
sponsored by Socialtext
WHITE PAPER: The collaboration support market is being revitalized, with buyers and sellers looking to add social interaction in the context of broad collaboration support. Read this Gartner white paper which discusses new and established vendors in this market...
Posted: 05 Dec 2007 | Published: 24 Oct 2007

Socialtext

Grow Faster by Connecting Your People: IBM Lotus Connections Software
sponsored by IBM Software Group
WHITE PAPER: Read this paper to learn more about this software and how you can find and collaborate with experts; easily locate people and information; build closer partner and customer relationships; and foster bottom-up, community-based innovation.
Posted: 03 Aug 2007 | Published: 01 Apr 2007

IBM Software Group
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VIRTUAL COMMUNITIES DEFINITION (continued): …  that emerge from the Internet when enough people carry on public discussions long enough and with sufficient human feeling to form webs of personal relationships in cyberspace.Virtual communities might be thought of as subgroups within Marshall McLuhan's notion of cyberspace as a "global village." Before the Web, virtual communities existed on bulletin board services (BBS) and many still do. Some virtual communities or facilitators of them use the metaphor of a coffee house or something similar to help users visualize the community. In general, there are two kinds of communication among virtual … 
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