We Need a New Term

What do you call an image of a file server that runs in an environment in which it exists across multiple processors, pools of memory, and disk that in now way correlate to any specific pieces of hardware?

We cannot call it cloud computing, as this term means just about anything to just about anyone these days.  While the denotation of virtual server is correct, the connation is server image hosted on a physical server, exclusively or as one of several virtual servers sharing resources.  Granted, the “virtual server” may be hosted on multiple servers for redundancy, but any given instance of the server image only exists and runs on one host at any point in time.  The same seems to hold true for the meaning of cluster.

So, what do we call a server – an operating system that uses processors, memory, network access, disk, et cetera abstracted from a pool of resources?

2 replies
  1. Thomas Heffren
    Thomas Heffren says:

    I like “server instance” which I don’t believe would suggest the coorelation to a single hosted physical or clustered environment – but merely an “instance” of a server that could be spread across multiple resources as you’ve identifed.


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