The concept was previously known as using “dummy” terminals linked to mainframe computers, or the “big iron,” and was largely prevalent throughout the 80's and early 90's.
Today, it's most commonly in the form of internet applications which can run on relatively low-powered PCs, by today's standards, which render & manipulate data typically housed on larger computers on the other end of the connection. “Think of Facebook, Google, or even Wikipedia,” says Jeremy Harris, lead developer and founder of zenOSmosis, “then you've thought about a web application which no single PC could nearly contain the complexity, much less the data, that these services provide, yet you are able to access more information than the mind can conceive with a very simple computer.”
Power users of today are familiar with remote desktop connections to remote computers, where one can usually work on a remote computer by using their mouse, much as if the remote computer was right in front of them. Yet, remote desktop environments have one major key drawback: They require additional bandwidth to transfer screen pixels to a remote computer so the end user can work with them.
ZenOSmosis is developing an application architecture which enables applications to be run directly in a web browser which resemble and act as if they were downloaded applications.
“When a user connects to a zenOSmosis-enabled URL in his or her web browser, a dynamic layout and screen processing architecture is immediately downloaded and transforms their browser to render an XML language architecture which we call zen+XML,” says Harris. “From that point forward, any information swapped to and from the server is typically small portions of data, which are typically much smaller than requiring the complete desktop to continuously be pushed from the server.”
“Our cloud applications resemble those of other's installed counterparts, and ours look and perform as if they were installed locally, or at least, in the most conceivable ways possible by today's standards. In short, our applications are a mixture of cloud and local, are very fast on all devices, and we're doing this without requiring the user to install additional software on their computer to run our software.”
ZenOSmosis' Navigator application, their forefront product currently in late alpha stage, enables a user to establish domain-based file sharing, with user & group controls modeled after the UNIX architecture, with a Raid-10 storage array backend, optimized for fault tolerance and housed on multiple servers for redundancy, which was developed in part by NASA.
The Navigator resembles Microsoft Window's Explorer utility and the Apple Finder, yet it runs in the cloud and the underlying storage is not contained on a single drive, nor even on the web servers the Navigator is hosted on.
“I don't know if our idea will ever succeed,” explains Harris, “but we sure are having a fun time developing it. If anything, it's a good addition to my resume.”
ZenOSmosis was conceived in the summer of 2010 and development of the current architecture was initiated in September of 2011. So far, several applications are being developed for the platform, including one designed for the medical industry, which permits a vast amount of medical provider information to be accessed and shared by doctors and the general public alike. ZenOSmosis will be available to the public sometime in 2012.
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ZenOSmosis, a pre-startup organization for cloud management, which seems to be a little ahead of itself in all aspects, is making some astonishing claims in regards to who they are as a company and where the future may lead in terms of personal computing.