Re: Drivers -- below the OS?
Posted Aug 9, 2007 15:24 UTC (Thu) by heckler
Parent article: Re: Drivers -- below the OS?
Mr. Linus T. implies that virtualization is just another attempt to reinvent the wheel, focusing his analogy on the shape of the wheel. It turns out; his analogy is right on target as it helps to dramatize that the OS folks are running on empty when it comes to appreciating the reality of virtualization. It's not the shape of the wheel that virtualization is changing. Rather, virtualization is fundamentally changing the architecture of the tire while adding clear and present business value to the owner of the car. Where once our wheels were white walls with an inner tube and often they lost air, went flat and thus we carried around a full size spare in the trunk. We now have tubeless tires that resist punctures, self heal, alert the driver to low tire pressure, can be filled with Nitrogen to improve MPG and the full size spare has been condensed into a tiny little backup we seldom need to use. And when was the last time you needed to replace your everyday tires with special "snow tires" when the going got tough? While the wheel is still indeed round, today's tires, provide better reliability, are agile enough to handle changing conditions, improve energy usage, run longer and you need less full size items. So it's true the wheel remains round. However, what virtualization is changing, underneath the OS stack, is dramatic. Our tires will still be round, but with the value of virtualization, they sure run better, stay inflated longer, need to be replaced less often and decrease the amount of power I consume while keeping my business moving forward. Virtualization - the shape remains the same, while the value increase, or as others have more eloquently stated "Virtualization is the most non-disruptive, disruptive technology". Let's not lose site of the car while we're kicking the tires :-)
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