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The latest technology buzz, after the Internet, telecom, and mobile, is cloud computing. Hype or not, in various names and forms, cloud computing providers - platforms and applications alike - are counting on more than $40 billion in revenue in 2011 alone, growing to more than $241 billion in 2020, according to a recent report on "Sizing the Cloud" by Forrester Research. Open Source Software in the Clouds Most software applications today incorporate some open source software directly or indirectly (dynamically linked). Developer's resourcefulness, code reuse, and efficiencies of development make open source an attractive option for all technology organizations. Cloud applications are no exception and many applications deployed in clouds are either entirely open source (think OpenStack or OpenERP Server), or have a significant amount of open source in them. According ... (more)

Is Open Source Becoming the De Facto Standard in the Data Center?

Is open source positioned to become the next mode of standardization in the virtualization world? It appears that might very well be the case following the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Industry Specifications Group’s decision to move forward with an open source project designed to meet that end. The group hopes that open source solutions can be leveraged to provide businesses with the interoperability in their data centers that previously resulted from standardization. The group’s project—Open Platform for NFV—wou... (more)

Leveraging Open Source and Avoiding Risks in Small Tech Companies

Today's software development is geared more towards building upon previous work and less about reinventing content from scratch. Resourceful software development organizations and developers use a combination of previously created code, commercial software, open source software, and their own creative content to produce the desired software product or functionality. Outsourced code can also be used, which can contain any of the above combination of software. There are many good reasons for using off-the-shelf and especially open source software, with the greatest being its abili... (more)

Netflix Focuses Attention on a Variety of Open Source Projects

Netflix, as we know it today, wouldn’t exist if not for Amazon. That’s because the world’s largest over-the-top provider relies on Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deliver its content digitally. In doing so, Netflix has worked to make AWS more reliable so as to provide a more resilient service to its customers. The company has embraced open source philosophies, working to improve AWS via its NetflixOSS projects, which are then shared for the public to see, use and build off of, accordingly. Neftlix now offers open source solutions relating to cloud management, availability, persisten... (more)

Enterprise Open Source Adoption Gets a Boost With Improved Security

While organizations across a variety of spectrums, including both government and the enterprise,  are increasingly drawn toward open source solutions because of the variety of benefits the technology affords, some have been reluctant to embrace them due to security concerns. But one open-source-inspired company is doing its best to alleviate that anxiety. Hortonworks, a California-based open source company, is attempting to enhance the security functionality of Hadoop, its open source database toolkit. In doing so, Hortonworks believes Hadoop will become a core technology across ... (more)