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Interactive Cloud OS Overview

General Overview

Interactive Cloud OS is a multi-functional operating system optimized and designed for virtualization and cloud computing. It is not based on any other operating system, but designed and built completely from scratch. It is based on the newest Linux Kernels.

Technical Overview

The Interactive Cloud OS is an operating system, sitting directly on top of the server hardware (confer to the black bar below).

On top of the hardware, you can find the Cloud OS. It contains several add-on modules (e.g. Firewall, Software Switch for Networking, Denial-of-Service Mitigation). It contains a Web GUI as well (red) to manage the server with a regular web browser.

Interactive Cloud OS Overview

Interactive Cloud OS Overview

It shows the hardware as fundament, the Interactive Cloud OS as the operating system and several important services and their connections integrated.

On top of the Interactive Cloud OS, there is room for plenty other Internet add-on services (blue) and Third-Party Software (purple), e.g., Monitoring Tools, Virus and Malware scan.

Abstraction Layer

Interactive Cloud OS is a Host OS, giving the ability to install other OS on the same machine (the Guest OS). Since we use the latest technology and optimize it for cloud computing only, we achieve high performance and high security.

From the administrator perspective it looks like this:

Interactive Cloud OS as Host-OS with Guest-OS installed above

Interactive Cloud OS with Guest-OS installed above

This shows many different Guest OS running on the Interactive Cloud OS (e.g. RedHat, SuSE Enterprise Linux, Microsoft Windows, Debian, Ubuntu…).

The amount of such Guest OSes is only limited by your hardware resources (CPU, RAM and HDD Space). It allows for server consolidation (many OS on one server) and centralized management and security.

In a deployment with more than one server, resources can be shared and balanced among your cloud, Virtual Machines can be shifted from one computer to another.

Main Benefits

  • Reduce costs by using less hardware
  • Enhance flexibility of your installation by moving your VMs locally or worldwide
  • Reduce the CO2 footprint
  • Balance the Load of your servers
  • Allocate more space dynamically when you need it
  • Use VMs for testing or updating procedures
  • Destroy a VM when a test fails and start a new one in seconds from your saved snapshot
  • Use snapshots to clone your installation
  • Use snapshots to backup and cold-standby your services
  • Secure your servers with central security management
  • Connect your cloud worldwide via strong VPN tunnels and act worldwide
  • […]

Summary

With the free and OpenSource Interactive Cloud OS, you can run many other operating systems on one computer in a fast, safe and reliable way.

By adding additional computers, you will be able to run your own cloud – up to hundreds of computers with virtual unlimited machines and applications.

Since Interactive Cloud OS is free and Open Source, there is no faster way to get into the cloud.

Build your cloud your own way!

John

May 21, 2013

Interactive Cloud OS now on kernel version 3.9.3

Interactive CloudOS is one of the first Linux distributions running on kernel version 3.9.3. This new kernel version went live today and is much faster than the old kernel versions of the 2.6x or 3.2x leagues used by most major distributions.

It’s time for the next generation operating system

The cloud offers huge opportunities

Technically speaking, the cloud is the virtualization of hardware and network infrastructure and has the goal to supply users with software and services hosted at redundant datacenters. It is a big market with high growth rates and will evolve.

There are several cloud operating systems (OS) on the market, mainly as commercial distributions, which are not specialized in cloud computing and security. Most of them derive from standard Linux kernels.

But operating systems are prone to be attacked

The design of these operating systems is based on huge distributions, which carry along a lot of unnecessary and outdated software. In connection with Internet usage, this opens the doors to attackers and malicious threats. Due to the concept of an underlying operating system, which has always to be run as the system’s foundation, this is the Achilles heel of these systems: If a hacker can take over the underlying OS, he would be highly able to compromise the guest OSs above as well.

Furthermore, the commercial packages are no fast followers of the newest internet and technology trends, but bound to tight company’s strategy.

Therefore we will create an open source Linux cloud OS

Linux has been proven for high security and availability, but has to be hardened and optimized for its proper usage. So it is time for a new Linux distribution, which is open source and dedicated to cloud computing only. And it is time to discard the burden of old technology and workarounds to accelerate processes with a newly designed OS.

By reducing the amount of packages from tens of thousands to numbers below 500, it would be easier, faster and more secure than any cloud OS available today.

The well known and accepted open source mechanisms allow it to be freely distributed. For commercial customers, the wide basis of independent installations ensures the production grade and quality.

On top of the OS which we identified as the first milestone in cloud evolution , there could be many services (e.g. free / commercial).