There’s been a mixed response to VMware’s VDC-OS. Of course its all about the buzz/hyper/PR-Bonanza that is this cloud thing. I think the Register on this – comparing it to the various other attempts in the past.
Clearly, the last couple of years have questioned what we mean by the term “Operating System”. It is a kernel that handles memory, cpu, storage and network or is envolving into merely a “space” within which developers can write useful bits of code called programs.
I like to occasionally think like an end-user (although I try not act like one!). What do they want from us? What do they care about? As an end-user I want my applications (word, excel, outlook, msn, yahoo, skype, itunes) that I use on a daily basis. More over I want to be able to get to these applications either on my PDA, Online, Offline on my laptop. I think we sometime away from being able to write one application that will work in all of these environments.
The funniest thing I’ve read about clouds, is urban myth (urban truth?) that said the first cloud concept was created by guy who over resourced a datacenter, and had to think some way of bailing out the organization by reselling all the compute resources he had…
If you want to read what the register has to say – read on