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platform

 [plat´form]
a flat horizontal surface higher than the level of the areas around it.
force platform a small platform that measures variations in downward force between different points on its surface, for assessing stability of stance and posture as a person stands on it. Called also force plate.

platform

a collective term for computer hardware and software components of a particular system.
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By working with Rackspace, channel partners and VARs can add the Rackspace hosted virtual desktop platform to their portfolio of offerings, without the additional expenses associated with purchasing the hardware and hiring resources to manage the environment.
With its complete set of standards-based video networking infrastructure and developer toolkits for voice, video, data and wireless communications, RADVISION is driving the unified communications evolution by combining the power of video, voice, data and wireless - for high definition videoconferencing systems, innovative services on converged IP and 3G networks, and highly scalable video-enabled desktop platforms for IP and emerging next-generation networks.
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Burns has over 25 years of experience with Intel serving as vice president and general manager of several groups including Intel's Information Technology Group, Desktop Platforms Group and the Platform Components Group.