The Internet is a global network that connects most of the planet, but in its most basic form, the Web only connects the world at a networking level, enabling disparate endpoints to connect to servers and to each other.
The Internet today doesn’t have a planetary-scale cloud operating system, where applications and policy can move seamlessly from one node to another, across different vendor platforms and stacks. However, that is now changing, thanks to the cloud.
The emergence of a planetary-scale cloud operating system is a notion that Troy Toman, cloud architect at Rackspace, brought up during his OpenStack Summit keynote May 12. It’s an idea that relies on a network of OpenStack cloud platforms that are federated throughout the world.