Operating Systems for Open Source Servers Need to Evolve
July 14, 2010
Server virtualization manages a number of tasks that previously would be handled by Windows, Linux and other operating systems (OS) used foropen source servers. According to an industry analyst in this ZDNET report, the role of the operating system is changing, but the majority of virtualized data centers still have an OS of some sort within their architecture.
"Phillip Sargeant, research director at Gartner, said the role of OSes is 'definitely changing' but the majority of virtualized data centers still have an OS of some sort within their architecture.
"I've yet to see many virtual machines that do not contain a Windows, Linux or Unix OS,' Sargeant said in an e-mail interview. But, he noted that traditional server OSes have to evolve in tandem with hardware platforms and data center requirements to stay relevant.
"The analyst explained that these OSes must 'increasingly broaden their awareness of dynamic factors', both inside and outside the platform, to continue serving the needs of enterprise customers."