These days, computing processing power has advanced to the point where we can
collect a previously unimaginable wealth of information relating to virtually
everything. And it can be reasonably concluded that such processing power
will increase substantially in the years to come, just as it has in years
As we enter the age of big data, it’s more important than ever that
companies have the ability to process those vast amounts of data, analyzing
it in such a way to derive actionable information that can be leveraged to
improve business processes and better serve customers.
It’s increasingly looking like open source data architecture—like Apache
Hadoop—provides businesses with the tools necessary to process all amounts
of data. Whereas in the past, companies were more likely to collect
relational data, today’s information is so diverse that in a majority of
…all this and more in this week’s compendium of open source news!
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
Sounds like a Strauss Waltz? Almost. After 10 years the city of Munich’s
love affair with open source may be coming to an end. Despite saving $16
million by using the custom Linux distribution LiMux, the city is considering
switching back to Windows due to user complaints. Read more about the
motives surrounding the discussion at Network World.
Governments on GitHub
Governments across the globe have long been dabbling with open source
software. Use of Open Source products like... (more)
With many organizations incorporating open source code into their software,
business managers should have a basic understanding of what open source is
all about. After all, Gartner and Accenture report open source adoption rates
nearing 100% so it’s likely that your development team is already
incorporating open source code into their projects.
So, what is open source? When a developer chooses to make his or her project
open source, it gives third party developers the right to tinker and innovate
with it. Check out this comprehensive video for an in depth explanation.
Developers ... (more)
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)
Is open source positioned to become the next mode of standardization in the
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
The group’s project—Open Platform for NFV—wou... (more)