Introducing the CloudOS

Operating systems provide significant benefits to personal computers:

  • They made the microcomputer into a personal computer.
  • They gave programmers incredible leverage through the services they provided.
  • They made it so your mom can use a computer and get something done.

An operating system can provide the same benefits to personal clouds. Because it allows you to act as a peer, a CloudOS orchestrates and coordinates online interactions, enables cooperating networks of products and services, supports intention-driven automation, and transforms the way you interact with the world.

Benefits of CloudOS?

CloudOS provides developers and users alike with significant benefits, including:

  • Less code to write for speed to market
  • Support for intercloud channels that support rich sharing.
  • Event-based for real-time interactions
  • User control of data and privacy-by-design
  • Open source

Who Uses CloudOS

The following companies or products use CloudOS:

The Live Web Whitepaper Series

Live Web Book

The Live Web Series is a series of white papers about concepts and technologies that are making personal clouds a reality. Our vision includes light-weight, cloud-based, virtual computers that we call personal clouds connected in a relationship web using personal channels, communication links of extraordinary power. Using these as building blocks, we envision a powerful and yet practical Internet of Things and new ways of conducting commerce.

The following white papers make up the series. We recommend that you read them in order.

From Personal Computers to Personal Clouds: The Advent of the Cloud OS—April 2012

The Personal Channel: The Extraordinary Benefits of Communicating Via Personal Clouds—June 2012

SquareTag: Making Everything "Smart"—June 2012

Introducing Forever: Personal Clouds Application Architectures—May 2013

There is a great deal of information on Phil Windley's blog, Technometria related to CloudOS. You might also find Phil's recent book, The Live Web, useful.