This post is written in association with Pentaho, a commercial open-source
(COSS) provider of reporting, analysis, dashboard, data mining and data
The history of open source has already been written and rewritten a couple of
times, so there's no need to go back to Genesis chapter one and revisit Linus
Torvalds' "just a hobby, won't be big" comments too often.
But open source became more than the sum of its parts and the hobbyists grew
successful in domains that traditionally belonged to their proprietary
Historical Note: If you do still want the history of open source, then the
YouTube hosted Revolution OS is about 100 minutes of the best open
development commentary you will find.
Open source grew up, we know that part. With a rich pedigree of success in
the server room, open platforms eventually moved upwards through the
If you had to pick a winning news, feature or blog headline to garner maximum
reader interest and the widest potential industry relevance these days then
how about trying... Open Source Mobile Touch-Based Social Chinese Clouds.
Of the eight words in this banner, we can probably say that seven of them
(excluding perhaps ‘based') encapsulate the bleeding and leading edge of
the IT industry at this moment.
Keyword #1: China in your handset
Look at the facts, commercial Linux player Red Hat is pushing massively for
cloud computing growth in China right now. Extolling the virtues of bot... (more)
Data is going up and data is going down. Its endless upward spiral to the
cloud is being lauded as the platform and paradigm that we must now adhere to
for future IT efficiency. At the same time, data is going down. It is being
processed and (crucially here) it is being ‘analyzed' at an in-memory
level, where new speed efficiencies outstrip the power of disk-based
Data is on the move too of course. Mobile data (and most important of all,
enterprise mobile data) is tracing a fast-paced location-aware fluid and
functional vortex around us as the devices now ke... (more)
Many firms still dismiss the importance of social networking and some of them
even ban employees from using these services while in the workplace. They
think that "social" starts and ends with Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and other
networks that might be best described as informal, consumer level and perhaps
It would be unfair to blame these old traditionalists who have dug their
heels in and insisted that their traditional trading systems don't need
fixing, let alone reinventing. It has been a so-called ‘paradigm shift' and
a change in mindset toward social is sometimes... (more)
Cloud security is in a state of flux. Actually it's not really, but
discussion is rife across the industry regarding the general state of cloud
data and application welfare. Questions flutter around whether particular
services are secure, whether multi-tenant clouds can be locked down and
whether "spun down" instances of cloud servers will remain secure so that old
customer data is deleted and non-accessible.
Where are we headed with the general consensus on cloud security just now?
A Cloud Is Just a Server
Of course we should start out from first principles and look to comments ma... (more)