Google Chrome OS Offers Speed, Simplicity & Security–Not Cloud Computing!

Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS.” from the  Official Google Blog: Introducing the Google Chrome OS.

What hardcore, web browsing, Internet addict (like me) wouldn’t want that!  Google is once again rewriting (literally) the rules of the game when it comes to the world wide web.

While I wish Chrome was a bit more compatible with some sites that I visit, I very much appreciate it’s blazingly fast performance.   If Google can take this same approach to simplifying while at that same time speeding up the user experience,  it will be a winner.  (It takes my Windows notebook anywhere from 1-3 minutes to boot-just enough time to get coffee!)

No offense to a cloud expert, Reuven Cohen,  that I enjoy following on Twitter, but I think we’re taking the “cloud” too far by calling Chrome OS a “cloud operating system.”

Google makes no claim to or mention of  the “cloud” in their blog post and, in fact, it makes it a point to say that the Chrome Browser will be the access to the web.  Given that, Chrome OS is no more a Cloud OS than, say, Windows or MacOS.

If cloud computing is a new paradigm for delivering business applications as a service in a flexible & scalable way, I’m not sure how a lightweight “client” OS is planning on “serving” enterprise business applications much less offering the management tools & environment for scaling.

And what about Google’s  App Engine they launched in April 2008 which seems to be their cloud platform?   App Engine abstracts the complexity of the underlying infrastructure and allows web developers to build Python or Java-based applications and then host their apps on Google’s massive internal infrastructure.   Sounds more like a cloud environment than a lightweight OS geared for netbooks.

Chrome OS offers a lot of promise for those who have a “need for speed” but we’re streching it a bit to call it a cloud OS.

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2 responses to “Google Chrome OS Offers Speed, Simplicity & Security–Not Cloud Computing!

  1. Hi Bob

    I tend to agree – the term ‘Cloud OS’ is probably over-baking it a bit (I think I know where Ruv was going with it, as a tipping point is reached when you start relying on Cloud apps more than local apps).

    I do believe this “thin client” is going to be attractive not just to consumers, but to enterprises too (eventually).

    What I found interesting is that in the space of 24 hours, Google made 3 big announcements – that all shed more light on their overall cloud strategy.

    I wrote about it here: http://cloudsecurity.org/2009/07/08/google-native-client-google-chrome-os-coming-out-of-beta/

    Cheers,
    Craig

  2. I will preface this by saying I don’t know much about cloud computing. In fact, I don’t think that I fully understand the definition. If you look at what google has been doing for the last couple of years with things like development of applications such as gmail, google apps, chrome and now an operating system, aren’t they presenting an environment optimized to cloud computing or at a minimum virtual desktop. By adopting all of their applications, a user can walk up to any computer anywhere in the world, log in and have easy access to all of their software and files without making any investment in technology (didn’t SUN do this about 10 years ago). Adding a light weight operating system to the mix seems like it fits right into the strategy of minimizing the independent functioning of a PC optimizing for full dependence on getting data and computing power from a remote source rather than your local device. If you were starting a small business today, you could adopt an entire google strategy, eliminating the need for the traditional costs associated with email systems, software licenses and other basic investments typically needed to start a business. So while this operating system may not be the final interface in a cloud computing environment, it certainly may be a lot closer than some of the current providers placing more processing demands on the local machine. In some regards they have already allowed a move of some of the most basic functions of an end user into the cloud, why not keep moving everything in that direction.

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