|By Mark R. Hinkle||
|December 23, 2005 07:30 PM EST||
I have spent the last 10 years implementing, using, and advocating Linux for a variety of applications. During that time I have watched the steady progression of Linux, gaining success as a server, desktop, and embedded operating system. The facts are indisputable: Linux is a success and it more than adequately meets the needs of many enterprise class applications and open source operating systems, chalking up wins in both consumer electronics and on the desktop. The next stage of important growth around open source is not in the applications we use but in the complementing applications we use to manage and expand already established software.
The term tool is very broad. It may refer to software used for software development, management, or monitoring. Within these three critical areas I believe that advances in virtualization, systems administration, and rapid application development tools hold the most promise. Virtualization is one of the hottest buzz words in information technology. For some time, storage virtualization has helped reduce the complexity in managing and dividing huge storage devices and storage area networks into discreet useful volumes. The newest trend is the virtualization of the whole machine, allowing virtual servers to span farms of commodity blade hardware or for desktop PCs to run both Linux and Windows simultaneously. Advances in the open source Xen hypervisor (www.cl.cam.ac.uk/Research/SRG/netos/xen/) as well as new offerings from upstart Virtual Iron (www.virtualiron.com) and established virtualization player VMware (www.vmware.com) are redefining the data center by helping to eke out even more value from the low-cost commodity server hardware. One popular theory is that in the data center of the future you will provision software into these virtual server farms rather than run individual networked servers. In hosted services we already see great success from SWSoft's Virtuozzo (www.swsoft.com/en/products/virtuozzo/), which allows for dynamic provisioning of virtual Linux servers. While Virtuozzo's approach is tailored more to toward maintaining policies for the commercial-hosted data center, the key is to have tools that are aimed at maintaining the intricate policies of the complex enterprise data center.
Other than virtualization, systems management is an area that I find fascinating these days. You see, as Linux rapidly came of age, the tools to manage Linux and other open source technologies have yet to match the progress of the platform. These technologies need to be distribution-agnostic and need to reach across operating system boundaries to manage not only Linux, but Unix and Windows.
With that said, I think there is real potential for products like Centrify (www.centrify.com), which helps to integrate non-Microsoft systems with Active Directory because it's helpful in managing and maintaining continuity among a homogenous data center. Another element of management is provisioning; in this space rPath (www.rpath.com) has its eyes on the interesting combination of provisioning and virtualization. Their method of provisioning is to build task-oriented Linux distributions (e.g., Web servers) on the fly and then allow you to either deploy natively or alternatively as an image that can be executed in a session running under Xen. Their technology builds a Linux distribution with all dependencies resolved so that the applications and operating system are able to be quickly deployed. I also like Levanta (www.levanta.com), which provisions Linux systems but is not distribution dependent, giving you the flexibility to choose the distribution you like or to have a combination of distributions if necessary. These types of tools are especially useful because they offer systems administrators a central point to deploy software and operating systems. Once you deploy, your next order of business will likely be to monitor the health of systems both virtual and physical using monitoring technology like OpenNMS (www.opennms.org) and to a lesser extent Nagios (www.nagios.org), which now draws corporate support from IT Groundwork (www.itgroundwork.com).
Finally more development tools that rival Microsoft's Visual Studio and other rapid application development tools must make their way into the hands of open source developers. Earlier this year IBM donated Rational Unified Process (RUP) to the Eclipse Foundation (www.eclipse.org) in hopes of fostering more development for robust Web server applications. For years the developers of KDE have been using the QT cross-platform toolkit from Trolltech (www.trolltech.com) to develop the popular Linux desktop environment. Both of these are good tools, but I recall how, in the early days of the Web, FrontPage became a force to be reckoned with because it put the ability to author Web pages into the hands of most any Microsoft Office user. Now the context and complexity of technologies are quite different but the ideally the impact of the software should be the same. Development tools that quickly expand the potential developers to a comparable degree will help advance open source technologies. This is especially true on the desktop where potential Linux users often suffer from application availability.
In 2006 I am looking forward to the progression of tools that will help to develop, configure, manage, and monitor open source applications. The resulting developments will be the proliferation of the same caliber of tools that Windows and Unix users are privy to. I believe that the open source methodology will lead to a better breed of tools because collaboration between tool makers and the technologies are facilitated by a better level of communication and collaboration then with proprietary technologies.
|M ichaeldean 12/24/05 04:27:54 PM EST|
what a naive and sloppy editorial -- to lump thousands of separate efforts under Linux. As Apple has shown, Linuxdoedsn't even enter in the equation for a desktoop system that is good.
|LinuxWorld News Desk 12/23/05 08:34:51 PM EST|
LinuxWorld Editorial: It's About the Tools. I have spent the last 10 years implementing, using, and advocating Linux for a variety of applications. During that time I have watched the steady progression of Linux, gaining success as a server, desktop, and embedded operating system. The facts are indisputable: Linux is a success and it more than adequately meets the needs of many enterprise class applications and open source operating systems, chalking up wins in both consumer electronics and on the desktop.
IoT solutions exploit operational data generated by Internet-connected smart “things” for the purpose of gaining operational insight and producing “better outcomes” (for example, create new business models, eliminate unscheduled maintenance, etc.). The explosive proliferation of IoT solutions will result in an exponential growth in the volume of IoT data, precipitating significant Information Governance issues: who owns the IoT data, what are the rights/duties of IoT solutions adopters towards t...
Dec. 7, 2016 05:15 PM EST Reads: 242
Businesses and business units of all sizes can benefit from cloud computing, but many don't want the cost, performance and security concerns of public cloud nor the complexity of building their own private clouds. Today, some cloud vendors are using artificial intelligence (AI) to simplify cloud deployment and management. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Ajay Gulati, Co-founder and CEO of ZeroStack, will discuss how AI can simplify cloud operations. He will cover the following topics: why clou...
Dec. 7, 2016 05:15 PM EST Reads: 925
As data explodes in quantity, importance and from new sources, the need for managing and protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and cloud environments grow with it. Managing data includes protecting it, indexing and classifying it for true, long-term management, compliance and E-Discovery. Commvault can ensure this with a single pane of glass solution – whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enter...
Dec. 7, 2016 05:15 PM EST Reads: 1,739
Everyone knows that truly innovative companies learn as they go along, pushing boundaries in response to market changes and demands. What's more of a mystery is how to balance innovation on a fresh platform built from scratch with the legacy tech stack, product suite and customers that continue to serve as the business' foundation. In his General Session at 19th Cloud Expo, Michael Chambliss, Head of Engineering at ReadyTalk, discussed why and how ReadyTalk diverted from healthy revenue and mor...
Dec. 7, 2016 04:30 PM EST Reads: 1,674
The many IoT deployments around the world are busy integrating smart devices and sensors into their enterprise IT infrastructures. Yet all of this technology – and there are an amazing number of choices – is of no use without the software to gather, communicate, and analyze the new data flows. Without software, there is no IT. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, Dave McCarthy, Director of Products at Bsquare Corporation; Alan Williamson, Principal...
Dec. 7, 2016 04:15 PM EST Reads: 341
The 20th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Containers, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit your speaking proposal ...
Dec. 7, 2016 03:45 PM EST Reads: 2,253
You have great SaaS business app ideas. You want to turn your idea quickly into a functional and engaging proof of concept. You need to be able to modify it to meet customers' needs, and you need to deliver a complete and secure SaaS application. How could you achieve all the above and yet avoid unforeseen IT requirements that add unnecessary cost and complexity? You also want your app to be responsive in any device at any time. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Allen, General Manager of...
Dec. 7, 2016 03:30 PM EST Reads: 1,773
Successful digital transformation requires new organizational competencies and capabilities. Research tells us that the biggest impediment to successful transformation is human; consequently, the biggest enabler is a properly skilled and empowered workforce. In the digital age, new individual and collective competencies are required. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Bob Newhouse, CEO and founder of Agilitiv, drew together recent research and lessons learned from emerging and established compa...
Dec. 7, 2016 02:30 PM EST Reads: 941
"IoT is going to be a huge industry with a lot of value for end users, for industries, for consumers, for manufacturers. How can we use cloud to effectively manage IoT applications," stated Ian Khan, Innovation & Marketing Manager at Solgeniakhela, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 7, 2016 02:30 PM EST Reads: 4,313
Financial Technology has become a topic of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities. Accordingly, attendees at the upcoming 20th Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York, June 6-8, 2017, will find fresh new content in a new track called FinTech.
Dec. 7, 2016 02:15 PM EST Reads: 2,199
Information technology is an industry that has always experienced change, and the dramatic change sweeping across the industry today could not be truthfully described as the first time we've seen such widespread change impacting customer investments. However, the rate of the change, and the potential outcomes from today's digital transformation has the distinct potential to separate the industry into two camps: Organizations that see the change coming, embrace it, and successful leverage it; and...
Dec. 7, 2016 02:15 PM EST Reads: 3,387
Bert Loomis was a visionary. This general session will highlight how Bert Loomis and people like him inspire us to build great things with small inventions. In their general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Architect at IBM Bluemix, and Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at Nvidia, discussed the accelerating pace of AI development and how IBM Cloud and NVIDIA are partnering to bring AI capabilities to "every day," on-demand. They also reviewed two "free infrastructure" pr...
Dec. 7, 2016 02:15 PM EST Reads: 1,116
"Dice has been around for the last 20 years. We have been helping tech professionals find new jobs and career opportunities," explained Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 7, 2016 01:45 PM EST Reads: 1,116
"At ROHA we develop an app called Catcha. It was developed after we spent a year meeting with, talking to, interacting with senior citizens watching them use their smartphones and talking to them about how they use their smartphones so we could get to know their smartphone behavior," explained Dave Woods, Chief Innovation Officer at ROHA, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 7, 2016 12:30 PM EST Reads: 639
SYS-CON Events has announced today that Roger Strukhoff has been named conference chair of Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo 2017 New York. The 20th Cloud Expo and 7th @ThingsExpo will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. "The Internet of Things brings trillions of dollars of opportunity to developers and enterprise IT, no matter how you measure it," stated Roger Strukhoff. "More importantly, it leverages the power of devices and the Internet to enable us all to im...
Dec. 7, 2016 12:30 PM EST Reads: 734
Extracting business value from Internet of Things (IoT) data doesn’t happen overnight. There are several requirements that must be satisfied, including IoT device enablement, data analysis, real-time detection of complex events and automated orchestration of actions. Unfortunately, too many companies fall short in achieving their business goals by implementing incomplete solutions or not focusing on tangible use cases. In his general session at @ThingsExpo, Dave McCarthy, Director of Products...
Dec. 7, 2016 12:30 PM EST Reads: 847
We are always online. We access our data, our finances, work, and various services on the Internet. But we live in a congested world of information in which the roads were built two decades ago. The quest for better, faster Internet routing has been around for a decade, but nobody solved this problem. We’ve seen band-aid approaches like CDNs that attack a niche's slice of static content part of the Internet, but that’s it. It does not address the dynamic services-based Internet of today. It does...
Dec. 7, 2016 12:00 PM EST Reads: 1,124
"ReadyTalk is an audio and web video conferencing provider. We've really come to embrace WebRTC as the platform for our future of technology," explained Dan Cunningham, CTO of ReadyTalk, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at WebRTC Summit at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 7, 2016 11:30 AM EST Reads: 690
20th Cloud Expo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy.
Dec. 7, 2016 11:15 AM EST Reads: 2,298
WebRTC is the future of browser-to-browser communications, and continues to make inroads into the traditional, difficult, plug-in web communications world. The 6th WebRTC Summit continues our tradition of delivering the latest and greatest presentations within the world of WebRTC. Topics include voice calling, video chat, P2P file sharing, and use cases that have already leveraged the power and convenience of WebRTC.
Dec. 7, 2016 10:30 AM EST Reads: 1,713