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What Is a Cloud Operating System?

Every cloud environment is managed by an operating system at the server level. For example, cloud environments can be set up using products from Microsoft, the Linux community, and a host of others. However, these server-level software systems are not adequate for enabling end-users to complete their daily tasks. For this, you need a cloud operating system. 

A cloud OS creates the environment end-users see on their computer screens. It allows the user to do everything that is normally done through a standard, isolated operating system such as Windows or Mac OS. The difference is that the cloud OS is hosted, run, and controlled in the cloud. The machine being used by the end-user is nothing more than a terminal to access data. 

One of the primary benefits of the cloud OS is that it can be run within a typical web browser. This includes all of the applications within that are being accessed as services rather than standalone software products. Terminals utilised to access the operating system need only be equipped with an embedded web browser to enter and work in the cloud. This makes large-scale computing more efficient and reduces user-generated errors.

This answer was last updated on 17-Nov-2014 10:28 AM.