Platform as a Service, otherwise known by the techie crowd as PaaS, is the newest evolution within the cloud services world. Software as a Service (SaaS) is the ability for companies to outsource their software hosting and maintenance to a third party provider, running on an infrastructure hosting on the cloud. The “cloud” is nothing more than an infrastructure managed and hosted entirely by a third party provider and therefore invisible to the client who contracts out to the “cloud” infrastructure. Users have gotten fairly comfortable with the Software as a Service paradigm over the past few years and many web applications have become very successful in hosting completely in the cloud without having any customers on traditional IT platforms.
Once users and businesses became comfortable using software hosted on the internet cloud, they became more and more open to hosting larger parts of their IT infrastructure with cloud services. Amazon found early success offering the concept of Platform as a Service to customers, allowing users to upload and manage full operating systems on Amazon’s E3 infrastructure. Rackspace also found success in offering entire IT infrastructures, complete with firewalls and a DMZ, on their own hosted infrastructure in the cloud.
The next phase in cloud computing has evolved from large business users to everyday individual users through the PaaS consumer level concept known as the Cloud Oriented Operating System. Cloud oriented operating systems allow you to run a full operating system through your browser. This means that you can access a desktop image that is hosted on hardware in the internet cloud. This allows very fast boot up times and increased storage capacities from a hardware perspective. From a usability perspective, cloud oriented operating systems are available through any OS (generally speaking) and can be accessed via any computer with an internet connection, making it very easy to get to your desktop from anywhere. Here are a few of the most popular cloud oriented operating systems available today.
Joli OS prides itself on being able to support browsers up to ten years old. The idea that Joli OS promotes through its cloud operating system is that users may never have to upgrade their computers again as they can run all of their applications and full desktop through their browser.
Cloudo is a free cloud based operating system that provides full access to its desktop through browsers and mobile devices, allowing you to access your desktop anywhere and on the go. Cloudo offers several out of the box applications such as a word processor and spreadsheet and also provides a strong development environment for creating your own applications. Cloudo allows users to create joint accounts for project teams and also offer shared commercial services to start a small business based on your Cloudo environment.
Glide is a comprehensive cloud operating system that offers something for users of all sizes. For individual users, there is an ad free version of the operating system that offers up to 30 GB of storage space and access from any web browser and many mobile devices. For business users who need more space, for a fee of $50 per year users can get up to 250 GB. The premium account will also allow customers to configure up to twenty separate user accounts to access the Glide. Glide OS also provides a tool called Glide Sync to help you synchronize your local files with the cloud environment.
The Ghost cloud operating system is great for allowing users to upload any kind of content and upload it immediately through the Ghost Portal application. This user data can then be shared with friends by sending a simple hyperlink.
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