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Tuesday, April 26th, 2005, 2:09 am

Towards On-Line Operating Systems

Servers lineWhile the title is an overstatement, it describes a trend which is yet to transform IT as we know it.

What is it all about? Moving all functionality to the Web server (analogous to computational servers), thereby using our workstation as merely a terminal to back-room dust-collecting equipment. Much like Web servers, load is better handled remotely, where parallelised infrastructures make maximal, persistent use of the hardware.

The use of AJAX-like technologies and increased bandwidth make this considerable step towards remote operating systems practical. There are a few unavoidable stepping stones though:

  • More widespread high-speed connections
  • Higher-capacity network backbones
  • Demise of desktop-side software
  • Closer Desktop-Web integration/coupling
  • Decrease in cost of storage devices (e.g. Conversation Comments Off | Mail Send this to a friend

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