a16z Podcast

a16z Podcast: The Datacenter Needs an Operating System

Benjamin Hindman and Steven Sinofsky

Posted January 5, 2015


With developers today building a new class of applications (which are really distributed systems), it’s time for a new level of abstraction for building and running them. Machines are the wrong abstraction — it’s time for a new operating system just for datacenters. But what does this look like? And what can we learn from previous OS experiences?

Mesosphere’s Benjamin Hindman, the co-creator of Apache Mesos (which came out of the U.C. Berkeley AMPLab), joins Steven Sinofsky, a16z board partner (who formerly oversaw the Windows division at Microsoft) for a discussion about all-things-OS.