In that sense, their importance lies in the fact they break a stranglehold that Microsoft(MSFT) and other big system vendors have had on exclusive tie between the application and the chip. They open the door to new ways of handling processing tasks for an application, reducing the exclusive role of the operating system. Hypervisors might even allow replacing the operating system someday through a new intermediary, like the Java Virtual machine. But such changes are many years away, and operating systems as of today remain a key component inside the virtual machine itself.Correct! OS administration has seen to rise at clients I have had contact with. Most of them have had to deal with a lot of OS administration, well not everything is OS administration , if you are moving VMs then it is a VM administration, if you are patching OS the same old fashioned way then its OS administration. But with tools like Shavlik, you will considerably reduce the OS and even Hypervisor (ESX or Xen) administration issues like patching etc.
Consider what Rosenblum said before his remark on operating system vulnerability. His main point was hypervisors displace -- not replace -- operating systems as the software that talks to the hardware.
So gradually robust security and process management will help us all also reduce OS administration, but I am not sure about the "time factor". Somehow virtualization suddenly gives an organization a feeling like we could do everything! You have several copies of OSes lyin around.
Anyways OS will be gradually displaced. Thats for sure! Read the rest.