nayan seth

Future of Operating Systems

published on 1st February, 2015 at 9:00PM

Note: This is a rough idea. Please feel free to share your views. This idea is specifically with respect to Operating Systems.

  1. At the moment we are just aware of storeage available online. What if the entire Operating System comes online? Yes you heard me right. I personally have this strong feeling that in future we will have Operating Systems on the cloud.

How?

  1. There will be a special server which will only be used for Operating Systems. The Server will be super powerful i.e. kind of Supercomputer. It will have huge amount of RAM, awesome Graphic Card (server based Graphic Cards are even more powerful). The recently launched NVIDIA Titan Z is just a small demo of what we might see commonly in future.

Investment/How to Proceed?

  1. Hosting Provider: The major investment will come from the Hosting Providers. It will be quite huge at first. But not to forget the fact, they will be looking at a huge user base. They will try to gain as much market share as possible (well this is secondary).
  2. Customer (Apun Public hai Boss!): Little bit of competition in this market will be super beneficial to the customers as each of these hosting providers will look to cut down the prices and provide amazing features. Customer will benefit a lot from this. They wil have to spend as low as INR 50,000 (~$810 just a rough figure) for the first year. This investment will include a new display, graphic card, processor, power supply, etc. This will be inside the display itself (AIO i.e. All in One PC). Right after the first year the investment will be just INR 5,000 (~$80 recurring). This will be equivalent to a PC which will be costing around INR 160,000 (~$2500 rough figure). And believe me, I am talking about a PC which is extremely powerful and a layman may not even venture out for such a PC. Just for an idea of how big it is, here is an example: 16GB RAM, Top Notch Graphic Card (the best in market), 27 Inch Display, Top Notch Processor (the best in market), etc.

    Many might be thinking why do I need a graphic card or a processor? Well, everytime you will obtain data from the cloud, you will need a good processor to display the content efficiently on the display. The graphic card is optional. It is primarily meant for gamers, cinematographers, developers, etc. An awesome part is that the user does not have to worry about the PC running 24x7, electricity, upgrading hardware, updates, etc.

    Many will say INR 50,000 (~$810) may look really huge at first. But 5 years down the line, you will be making an investment of just INR 70,000 (~$1150) which is way low compared to INR 160,000. This does not include the additional cost that you will incur for using electricity, etc. If we look at per year cost, 5 years down the line, it will be just INR 15,000 (~$250) which is half of what it would have been if you would have gone for an offline setup. Users are going to get great choices on displays. And guess what display companies are going to love this. More than that users are in here for some super high resolution displays (Sharp and Corning, I hope you are reading this :P).

    Some may even give users option for offline backup OS in case the internet goes down. But frankly, Internet will become something like electricity with super low downtimes. However, for offline OS the budget is going to be quite high. How can we forget Mobile Internet which is probably one of the backup we can use to access the OS online given that it is up and running.

What Hosting Providers May Do?

Note: The do part deals with how to increase revenues and profits.

  1. Every year when new upgrades are done, they can create some cheesy plans that will lure users to upgrade. Just like you get a new iPhone for just $199 on Contract.
  2. Huge customer base. Attractive plans and advertisements will help.
  3. Hosting Providers can tie up with Application Developers because believe me piracy is going to come down to a great extent. Cracking apps online won't be a piece of cake and more and more users would want to get done with the installation without a hassle. Users will be inclined towards buying apps just like most of us do on the mobile app stores. We will find costs of apps coming down. This will turn out to be beneficial to developers as well as users.