Droplet Computing Unveils at Cloud Field Day at Rubrik’s Head Office in California
11th April, 2018 – Peter von Oven, CTO
Last week, on Thursday April 5th 2018, Droplet Computing finally came out of stealth mode – where we had been operating since founding the company in 2014 – , launching at the Cloud Field Day 3 event held over in Silicon Valley. At 08:00 PDT (16:00 UK time), the wait was over, as Steve Horne, co-founder, and CEO of Droplet Computing, took to the stage (and live stream).
This event was the culmination of many years’ research, development, and market validation, around how to really deliver true application portability without all the ties you expect when delivering applications to devices. At the heart of our approach was simplicity. How can we overcome today’s barriers of being tied to an OS, or having to use a particular application just because that’s the only one available for the platform a user wants to use? There was also the element of simplifying infrastructure, and not having to deploy racks full of servers just to get an old app into the hands of an end user. In a nutshell we wanted to give users the freedom to choose.
Our solution is simple and elegant and designed to decouple apps from the underlying OS and deliver them within a containerized environment. The container has the ability to run in any modern browser and contains our patent-pending technology coupled with your choice of apps and OS. Being abstracted at the browser level means that we can also decouple from the device architecture, being able to run on both x86 and ARM.
Getting back to the main event, the rest of the team tuned in back in the UK, hardly daring to breathe, waiting in anticipation to see if the assembled team of renowned industry experts would ‘get it’, and understand where Droplet Computing could take them. We need not have worried, the excitement and understanding from the delegates was palpable across the live stream, and soon the Tweets started to flow, which I will share some of the highlights with you.
Some of the first comments we first ever received back when we started were around whether we would be able to realize the ambition of enabling apps to run on devices they were not designed for, and once we started demonstrating the solution saw Tweets such as this from Justin Warren @jpwarren:
Followed by this from Keith Townsend @CTOAdvisor
It was great news that our goal of simplicity was resonating and some of the delegates even went as far as to say we had invented a whole new operating system and had effectively turned the browser into the computer! High accolades indeed.
As the presentations and demos progressed, more and more use cases for our technology were discussed. We had already talked about some of the more unusual problems we had solved, particularly with one of our early customers running OS/2 apps which we were able to containerize and deliver back on a Windows 10 PC, with OS/2 running in our container, and not a VDI desktop or published app in sight!
Droplet presentation was cool. Know why?— Jeff Wilson (@jeffwilsontech) April 6, 2018
They use Web Assembly in conjunction with their container tech to bring you a full Win32 app in your browser. No RDS/XenApp malarky. #CFD3 https://t.co/8xkxmXkJaS
One important aspect that was also discussed was around what we are not, so as not to be confused with existing solutions, which this Tweet sums up quite nicely:
I’ll just expand on that point as I think it’s key to understanding our solution The Droplet Universal Container is not app virtualization, nor is it app layering, VDI, or published apps. It’s an empty container which you decide what you want to run in it, and you decide on what device you want to run it from.
Our first generally available solution will be based on a Linux container running WINE, with other ‘flavors’ of container being launched in the coming months, and throughout the coming year.
And there we have it. Droplet Computing is now launched, and out there in the public domain, and we are excited to able to help organizations to deliver application freedom for their end users.
In summary I’ll leave you with a couple of my favourite Tweets from the event:
This @dropletcom presentation here at #CFD3 was phenomenal, easily the best I've been in in my three field days.— Jeff Wilson (@jeffwilsontech) April 5, 2018
A sophisticated application container technology using Web Assembly. Cutting edge stuff here in Silicon Valley. Whoulda thunk it! Thanks droplet team! #CFD3