Yes, I am a DevOps, Big Data, Security kind of guy and I use Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and OpenStack, as well as other smaller players. But I like to take a new diverse, contrarian look at stuff the Cloud community seem to have kind of pre-determined agreement.
I am sitting at the OpenStack conference and learning about the cool news ways it can give you an edge. I believe that Open Source and OpenStack is at the heart of getting an edge. You need mature, fully supported vendor based platforms. But you also need at some points to move fast, faster, fastest. At that edge point Open Source and Open Stack are the tools you want to use.Those "free" toys, do have a cost spent in learning curves, education, cultural change and efforts to workaround cases of immaturity. When they mature, they join your base tool set as other new roughly edged opportunities arise.
However, looking at Cloud platforms, it is clear what they ask for are applications that can be spread across many computing nodes. Most of the current applications enterprises use are not set for the cloud.
While everyone in the Cloud Community is expecting the Enterprise to re-write or convert their applications to the cloud, Enterprises naturally just want the job done.
What the "Legacy" applications want is "Duolc" ("Cloud" spelled in reverse) deployed on "StretchOS".
So "StretchOS", a term I just made up, should be able to group a bunch of resources and make it so it behaves as a unified single operating system running on a single computer. The CPU, Memory, Disk and Network resources will be highly available and processes will be able to be served on any of the computing resources.
I am not aware of someone developing something such as "StretchOS", but looking at the vast amount of applications that could immediately and effortlessly benefit of such a solution should attract a close look of entrepreneurs. This could be a cross-gap solution until most of the apps become cloud-enabled.
Now, as I dumped this crazy concept on your desk, I can go back to my Cloud deployments..