11 Cloud OS (Operating Systems) you might want to give a try

Cloud OS, i.e Cloud based Operating Systems are nothing but a set of applications and programs running on a system, much like your personal computer. Except that, the whole service relies on Internet, and the Applications available within the system (and the whole System itself), is not technically installed on your machine. Cloud OS is a very small part, or rather a branch, in the field of Cloud Computing.

Cloud OS is kind of a system which offers services on the go. It is not a full fledged operating system. It offers basic yet useful services like, office suite, music, videos, and numerous other services with enough storage space required to get the work done. Some of the Cloud OS’s have been available since many years, and thanks to the technology advancements in recent years, it offers more mobility with your data, by installing its app on your smartphones and tablets.  And the best part is, it is Free.

Below are 11 best available Cloud OS’s which you may want to give a try:

 

JoliCloud

Joli cloud OS screenshot

JoliCloud is one of the few Cloud OS ‘s in this list which also allows you to install the OS on your computer, which means you can use it offline as well. JoliCloud’s source code too is available on GitHub. JoliCloud claims that at present it powers 2 million devices. It has a list of more than 1,500 applications to choose from, which updates automatically. If you don’t wish to create JoliCloud account, you can simply sign on with Google or Facebook ID. JoliCloud’s app is also available for iOS and Android. It goes without saying that it also offers services like SkyDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox besides others.

 

iSpaces cloud computer

iSpaces Cloud OS screenshot

iSpace Cloud OS offers a seamless Cloud Storage solution. If offers 1GB of Storage space, besides the storage offered by services like SkyDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc., and all your data is stored in secure servers. iSpace is available on Windows, Mac and Linux and runs on Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox and Opera. iSpace also offers Zoho’s online suits for document creation. iSpace’s unique feature would be its Free Calling application, it allows you to Call or IM anyone or everyone. Another feature worth noting is Multiple Virtual Desktops, which allows you to keep your data organized in different environments. However, in order to use iSpace, it requires Java to be enabled. To know more about it, you can also watch iSpace’s Video.

 

Silve OS

SilveOS Cloud OS screenshot
Photo Credit – WEB OS?SilveOS? posted by (C)kyu3

Silve Cloud OS is perhaps the only OS in this list which makes you feel as if you are using Windows. It is complete with Windows like Aero User Interface, a task bar at the bottom with a Start button on the bottom left. Silve OS requires Silverlight to be installed in order to run. Currently, it only includes applications like File Explorer, Internet Browser, Video Player, Rich Text editor, an RSS reader, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, IM and some games. A unique feature about Silve OS is that it also allows you to install external softwares, provided that they are developed in Silverlight and are available on Internet or your computer.

 

Zero PC

ZeroPC Cloud OS screenshot

Zero PC is definitely one of the few Cloud OS’s that you may like if you are looking for a service which not only has a good looking UI, but also has some great and useful applications available, and which offers services on-the-go. Zero PC is also available as an app for Apple iOS , Android, Amazon Appstore and has an extension for Chrome browser. It offers applications such as SkyDrive, 4Shared, Google Drive, SugerSync, Dropbox, Box, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr Instagram, Picasa and many more. However, it offers combined storage space of maximum 40GB. You may also check their Pricing Plans. Zero PC’s unique feature would be Zero PC Photo Connect, which is a powerful photo management tool.

 

Cloudo

Cloudo Cloud OS screenshot

Update (11th July 2014): Cloudo website appears tobe down for past few days. We will update this section again in next few days once we know the exact status.

Cloudo operating system is still in Beta mode. Cloudo was built using LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL & PHP) technology. Cloudo looks like a Linux distro. As of now, it offers very basic set of applications like Calendar, Word processor, Mail, Music. It also has an RSS Reader and an app developer tool. Cloudo too has an Operating System like user interface. And it has an Application manager which also lets you install more apps or remove existing one.

 

Eye OS

Eye OS is more of a professional Cloud OS. Eye OS uses eyeOS Web Engine, a technology from Eye OS which transforms any Windows or Linux application into an HTML5 WebApp which can then be used on eyeOS Web Desktop. Eye OS offers eyeSync, which syncs all your data between your private Cloud and Computer irrespective of whether you are work online or offline. You can access eyeOS from PC, Smartphone or Tablets. However, there is no sign up option available so in order to use it, you need to get in touch with their team and wait for their response.

Update : Telefónica, a Spanish Telecom and Broadband provider, has now acquired Eye OS on 1st April 2014. Using Eye OS, Telefónica says they intend to offer an open-source desktop virtualisation service (DVS).

 

The Place A

Place A cloud OS screenshot

The Place A is one straight forward Cloud based operating system. It also looks like a linux distro. The site has a quick response rate. It has all the basic features and applications. It has an Auto Data Backup feature too. However, it only offers a storage space of 200mb as opposed to other Cloud OS’s who offer atleast 1GB.

 

Corneli OS

Corneli OS is another operating system besides JoliCloud which is available to download on your computer. It includes set of applications such as user manager, file manager, a Content Management System (CMS) and a database management system. It can be installed on LAMP servers and is available as free Open Source software under the GPL. It offers a Multi-user system experience and has a Virtual file system (VFS). You can also use Corneli OS (CIOS) to build other web applications and social networks. It is a kind of operating system that will appeal to IT professionals and developers.

Bottom Line: Of all the available options, JoliCloud looks like it has the best of both worlds, it has the ease of use, it is visually appealing, more than a thousand apps to choose from, and if you wish to tweak it a bit, its source code too is available. Zero PC is another good choice to go with, especially if you are a photographer, with the photo management tool and apps like Instagram, Flickr, Picasa to name a few, it looks like a great place to store all the photos in one place. You can check other options too, and go with the one that appeals to you and more importantly suits your needs.

Few Cloud OS’s have not been detailed here but you can check them too, such as Glide OS, XOS and Zimdesk.

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Darshik Jariwala is an IT Professional from Mumbai, India, with 3+ years of experience and knowledge in various verticals in the IT industry. In his leisure time, he loves to write Blogs, Reading, watching Movies, occasional Photography and most of all having coffee with friends. You can also befriend him on , and .

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10 Responses

  1. John says:

    Hi,
    I wanted to point out that there are desktop cloud computing OSes and Server cloud OS.
    The desktop cloud OS are mainly designed to get information easily from remote sources (e.g. the cloud), whereas the server cloud OS are able to run various Guest OS (like Microsoft Windows, Linux, Unix etc.) on top of the server cloud OS.
    This allows sharing and locomotion of services and applications and support the desktop cloud OSes. A good explanation of a server cloud OS can be found at the OpenSource project http://cloudos.internet.de.

  2. Hi John,
    The main focus of the Cloud OS’s listed here is how it offers service-at-go to all the users, at the same time, some of them which are open source, also appeals to the IT professionals. That being said, I do agree with your classification and the OpenSource project you have suggested indeed looks pretty good. Thank you for suggestion.

  3. bernd says:

    I find the whole cloud OS vision flawed. It _seems_ to make sense at first, but for me, it fails on closer inspection. Few of these systems provide “local” applications, most are nothing but a fancy way to access other online services. It’s nice to use any modern browser from any device to access my “cloud PC,” but I don’t need this to reach Google Docs or Amazon’s Cloud Player, pixlr or whatever. These services are already readily available from any modern browser, any device. There is no need for a detour.

    (Some offer ‘local’ applications. I haven’t seen any one mature enough to consider, but tried a few systems listed above.)

    I suppose what I’d really want would be my PC in the cloud, with my choice of operating system and “local” software, accessible from any modern browser, any device. Something like a virtual machine with logmein (or similar) on top. Oh hang on. I can just run logmein (or similar) on my existing PC and I’m done. It would still be nice not having to own, host and maintain the PC in the first place.

    Maybe someone offers VM hosting already? Now, that would be a service worth considering, provided that I am allowed _to pay_ for it, rather than financing the whole thing through targeted adverts and granting permission for data mining.

    • JOhn says:

      Hi Bernd,
      there are _many_ VM hosters out there, just try a search machine for details. If you want, you can build your own cloud with a number of tools (I mentioned our project above as one possibility). Renting a server has become very cheap and your own installation allows you to do what you want. Be free.
      If you need more information, just get in touch!

      • bernd says:

        Thanks. I searched already and found a few VM hosting providers. Something to keep an eye on. I didn’t find any that appeal though, if you compare cost with cost and performance of a moderate PC at a 3 to 5 year lifetime. £10/mo for a very basic configuration (bigv.io), given that I still need some reasonably powerful client…?

        My point, however, is the pointlessness of offerings such as zeroPC, joli or cloudo. Nice looking things with shiny buttons and high gloss effects around a lot of hot air and marketing buzz with no or little substance of true value, if you ask me. OK, you didn’t ask me. Fair enough ;-)

        I am very keen on virtualization and switching from dedicated PCs to the cloud. It seems that I may need to give “it” five more years before looking at it again.

  4. John says:

    I really understand your point and it’s a good one (I don not prefer sexy front-ends, but want functionality!).
    You don’t need a supercomputer to have your own cloud. Just an Idea (sorry if it’s too much off topic): You could use an old PC, install the Interactive Cloud OS on it and run your own cloud at home. From outside all incoming traffic can be encrypted by the integrated tools (e.g. StrongSwan, OpenVSwitch) and you just need an NAT/VPN device somewhere outside to enter your private cloud…
    As in past, bandwidth pricing drops 20-30% per year, so it should be possible to get this redirection service next year below 5 USD.
    So, you don’t have to wait for five more years ;-)

  5. sasikumar says:

    Add this to the list.
    Its also like cloudos.

  6. Jacques says:

    Can anyone tell me if i can do the following:
    I want to setup a small server in the cloud with MY OWN Windows SBS2011 Standard Server so i can setup exchange on a pop collector mode. I already have such a server locally which works perfectly but i would rather have the exact same setup in the cloud. Is this possible ? Thanks in advance.

    • John says:

      Hi Jacques,
      we never tried with SBS2011 on our Interactive Cloud OS, but it is always good to make a try. Please vistit our website http://www.cloudos.internet.de and send me your email data via the website form. then we will enable an online install and you can try your installation task.

      Regards,

      John

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