ARMONK, N.Y., Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it is bringing a greater level of control, security and flexibility to cloud-based application development and delivery with a single-tenant version of Bluemix, IBM's platform-as-a-service. The new platform enables developers to build ap...
|By Mark R. Hinkle||
|March 10, 2006 02:00 PM EST||
As time passes, the base of Linux users is growing in the data center, desktop, and even embedded electronic devices. Numbers from industry analysts point out that Linux server shipments have shown double-digit growth every quarter for over two years. In many cases these servers are being used for expansion or new projects. Inevitably they will be put into service to replace systems that once ran Unix or Windows.
In these cases there is usually an event like a hardware upgrade due to obsolescence or capacity concerns, software maintenance renewal, or other occasion that drives the migration. Rarely do we see a complete replacement of all legacy systems; it's commonly done piecemeal where one part of the infrastructure has been migrated in lieu of renewing an investment in other systems. This means migration to Linux. It also often means adoption of open standards that for the most part is a prime consideration for the open source community. Open source without open standards bears less advantage than a fully open system.
Linux migration is usually a matter of expansion, adding Linux into an increasingly diverse environment. Desktop PCs may be predominantly Windows, while file servers and application servers once hosted on Windows or even Novell NetWare might soon be hosted on Linux. In this case there are two hurdles that you need to overcome, especially if there is a need for communication between systems. The first is the obvious hurdle of moving from one system to another. This is a short-term problem. It's usually very disruptive and requires a considerable amount of planning and staging, though it's not especially unique as you face many of the same problems moving from one version of Windows to another or from one brand of Unix to another. The second problem is longer term and involves interoperability with existing systems. To lessen the burden in this area you should be planning well before a migration. The consideration I believe is most important is whether your systems lock you in and make it unlikely you can easily change vendors should you become unhappy with and want to investigate others. This applies to your data and network services. For example, could data stored in DB/2, Sybase, or Oracle be stored in MySQL or vice versa? Does one system have features you can't live without? Could documents originally authored in Microsoft Office be read in OpenOffice.org? If a new version of Windows becomes available, does it still allow you to access your Samba file system hosted on Linux? These are all questions you should be asking regardless of platform. For example, using Apache on a FreeBSD server is a fine choice, but if you decide that Red Hat offers a good value, can you move from one platform to another? The answer is likely yes. Does the same hold true for Web applications developed on Microsoft's Internet Information Server?
My advice is to adhere to open standards and portable file formats that are more easily migrated later on. Even if you decide to stay with one vendor, it's much better for you to select which solutions to use rather than your vendor making that choice for you. I suggest looking at things that are going on today in your enterprise. On the desktop you are likely using Microsoft Office. Their next-generation file formats are XML and intuitively should allow for easier collaboration between Microsoft and OpenOffice.org users. However, watch closely to make sure that they really do facilitate the sharing of files and that the hype is not the result of a clever PR campaign. Another thing to be wary of is the potential of a new feature in Microsoft's yet-to-be-released Vista operating system: encrypted file systems. Since the product has not gone live, it's hard to understand how this will affect cross-platform enterprises. My understanding is that this feature would likely include a level of encryption that protects the data on the hard drive (for example, the one on your Linux laptop). The idea being that if your laptop were stolen, it could not be booted under another operating system and the data would not be accessible. At first glance this sounds like a valuable feature. However, the question is: Would this prevent you from legitimately accessing that data from another operating system (like I do on my dual boot Windows/Linux laptop). In fact I often help Microsoft users migrate their data from an out-of-service Windows PC using a bootable Linux CD and a network. Will I still have this option with future products? Since this new technology prevents the bad guys from getting my data, I wonder if it also prevents me from accessing my data in a way that I choose? Is the encryption technology open source and does it allows me to authenticate my data from systems other than Windows? Does that make it possible for me to share files between systems that aren't licensed to use this new cryptology technology? I'm unsure of the answer.
I also worry about the inclusion of Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology in hardware. For example, DVI connections that are present on many modern graphics cards are very similar to the HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) cables that are being used to combine audio and video into one cable for home entertainment equipment. Eventually, computers will use this same interface. Now here's a bit of trivia: the HDMI standard includes an element called HDCP (High Definition Copy Protection, developed by Intel) that does little to add value to my personal experience (I'm sure the recording and movie industries will offer some statistic about how reduced piracy keeps prices lower for me). However, it could mean that if I choose to use a "standard" graphics card with a standard PCI-E interface, I also must make sure that they adhere to less obvious standards buried within my hardware should I want to watch a DVD or HDTV broadcast. Does HDCP add value to me personally? Does it help me get more enjoyment out of my system? Should I be concerned about what's going on within the widgetry of my system? I would think so.
My point in mentioning these things is not to cause you any undue worry or to preach doom and gloom. My hope is to make you aware that while you continue to adopt mainstream technologies, you may also unknowingly be adopting features that lock you into a product's technology. Some of these features will have benefits that will be useful to you; just make sure you are getting what you bargained for. Also, what happens if these technologies add an additional point of failure? For example, the reason I know so much about HDMI is because I recently bought a plasma TV and while running cables from my HD receiver to my A/V receiver to my new TV, I found out that the receiver or the set top box didn't properly implement the standard. The result was that the copy protection software inhibited my ability to legally use my equipment. HDCP never came up in the sales process nor were the installers of my system aware of the potential problem. Take the same situation in a different content: What happens if data stored on your Windows server becomes unavailable to your Linux servers because of some obscure DRM scheme? Does it shut down your operation? Does it add unnecessary complexity and inconvenience? These are the questions I would be asking before I made my next investment in new technologies. The freedom to migrate is one that I believe to be more important than the actual act of migrating. You see, I have made my decisions and continue to make them but do so on my terms, not that of vendors that are conspiring to lock me in. In the future I don't know which conventions might be widely adopted that would prevent me from using legally purchase products in a reasonable way (of course, the consumer's version of reasonable way and the vendor's are bound to be different). What I do know is that I need to be vigilant and watch for these gotchas, and take steps to avoid them. I would advise you to do the same.
Dec. 19, 2014 05:00 AM EST Reads: 2,947
SYS-CON Events announced today that IDenticard will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. IDenticard™ is the security division of Brady Corp (NYSE: BRC), a $1.5 billion manufacturer of identification products. We have small-company values with the strength and stability of a major corporation. IDenticard offers local sales, support and service to our customers across the United States and Canada. Our partner network encompasses some 300 of the world's leading systems integrators and security s...
Dec. 19, 2014 04:00 AM EST Reads: 2,365
DevOps Summit 2015 New York, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that it is now accepting Keynote Proposals. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that produce software that is obsolete at launch. DevOps may be disruptive, but it is essential.
Dec. 18, 2014 09:45 PM EST Reads: 1,459
“In the past year we've seen a lot of stabilization of WebRTC. You can now use it in production with a far greater degree of certainty. A lot of the real developments in the past year have been in things like the data channel, which will enable a whole new type of application," explained Peter Dunkley, Technical Director at Acision, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 18, 2014 11:30 AM EST Reads: 1,555
SYS-CON Events announced today that Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network and cloud communications, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN), a FORTUNE 500 and S&P 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications, including cloud computing and managed services, to businesses nationwide. The company also offers broadband, phone and digital TV services to consumers primarily in rural areas.
Dec. 18, 2014 11:00 AM EST Reads: 2,685
The major cloud platforms defy a simple, side-by-side analysis. Each of the major IaaS public-cloud platforms offers their own unique strengths and functionality. Options for on-site private cloud are diverse as well, and must be designed and deployed while taking existing legacy architecture and infrastructure into account. Then the reality is that most enterprises are embarking on a hybrid cloud strategy and programs. In this Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo (http://www.CloudComputingExpo.com), moderated by Ashar Baig, Research Director, Cloud, at Gigaom Research, Nate Gordon, Director of T...
Dec. 18, 2014 10:30 AM EST Reads: 2,865
The Internet of Things is not new. Historically, smart businesses have used its basic concept of leveraging data to drive better decision making and have capitalized on those insights to realize additional revenue opportunities. So, what has changed to make the Internet of Things one of the hottest topics in tech? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Gray, Director, Embedded and Internet of Things, discussed the underlying factors that are driving the economics of intelligent systems. Discover how hardware commoditization, the ubiquitous nature of connectivity, and the emergence of Big Data a...
Dec. 18, 2014 10:15 AM EST Reads: 2,650
"BSQUARE is in the business of selling software solutions for smart connected devices. It's obvious that IoT has moved from being a technology to being a fundamental part of business, and in the last 18 months people have said let's figure out how to do it and let's put some focus on it, " explained Dave Wagstaff, VP & Chief Architect, at BSQUARE Corporation, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 18, 2014 10:00 AM EST Reads: 2,297
"People are a lot more knowledgeable about APIs now. There are two types of people who work with APIs - IT people who want to use APIs for something internal and the product managers who want to do something outside APIs for people to connect to them," explained Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at SOA Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 18, 2014 09:00 AM EST Reads: 2,065
Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa, at more than US$500 billion, and ranks 23rd in the world. A recent re-evaluation of Nigeria's true economic size doubled the previous estimate, and brought it well ahead of South Africa, which is a member (unlike Nigeria) of the G20 club for political as well as economic reasons. Nigeria's economy can be said to be quite diverse from one point of view, but heavily dependent on oil and gas at the same time. Oil and natural gas account for about 15% of Nigera's overall economy, but traditionally represent more than 90% of the country's exports and as...
Dec. 18, 2014 06:00 AM EST Reads: 1,150
The Internet of Things is a misnomer. That implies that everything is on the Internet, and that simply should not be - especially for things that are blurring the line between medical devices that stimulate like a pacemaker and quantified self-sensors like a pedometer or pulse tracker. The mesh of things that we manage must be segmented into zones of trust for sensing data, transmitting data, receiving command and control administrative changes, and peer-to-peer mesh messaging. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ryan Bagnulo, Solution Architect / Software Engineer at SOA Software, focused on desi...
Dec. 17, 2014 11:15 PM EST Reads: 2,094
"At our booth we are showing how to provide trust in the Internet of Things. Trust is where everything starts to become secure and trustworthy. Now with the scaling of the Internet of Things it becomes an interesting question – I've heard numbers from 200 billion devices next year up to a trillion in the next 10 to 15 years," explained Johannes Lintzen, Vice President of Sales at Utimaco, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 17, 2014 11:00 PM EST Reads: 2,130
"For over 25 years we have been working with a lot of enterprise customers and we have seen how companies create applications. And now that we have moved to cloud computing, mobile, social and the Internet of Things, we see that the market needs a new way of creating applications," stated Jesse Shiah, CEO, President and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 17, 2014 08:00 PM EST Reads: 2,107
SYS-CON Events announced today that Gridstore™, the leader in hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built to optimize Microsoft workloads, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Gridstore™ is the leader in hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built for Microsoft workloads and designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Gridstore’s hyper-converged infrastructure is the industry’s first all flash version of HyperConverged Appliances that include both compute and storag...
Dec. 17, 2014 06:30 PM EST Reads: 2,013
Today’s enterprise is being driven by disruptive competitive and human capital requirements to provide enterprise application access through not only desktops, but also mobile devices. To retrofit existing programs across all these devices using traditional programming methods is very costly and time consuming – often prohibitively so. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jesse Shiah, CEO, President, and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., discussed how you can create applications that run on all mobile devices as well as laptops and desktops using a visual drag-and-drop application – and eForms-buildi...
Dec. 17, 2014 11:45 AM EST Reads: 2,212
We certainly live in interesting technological times. And no more interesting than the current competing IoT standards for connectivity. Various standards bodies, approaches, and ecosystems are vying for mindshare and positioning for a competitive edge. It is clear that when the dust settles, we will have new protocols, evolved protocols, that will change the way we interact with devices and infrastructure. We will also have evolved web protocols, like HTTP/2, that will be changing the very core of our infrastructures. At the same time, we have old approaches made new again like micro-services...
Dec. 16, 2014 11:45 PM EST Reads: 2,081
Code Halos - aka "digital fingerprints" - are the key organizing principle to understand a) how dumb things become smart and b) how to monetize this dynamic. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robert Brown, AVP, Center for the Future of Work at Cognizant Technology Solutions, outlined research, analysis and recommendations from his recently published book on this phenomena on the way leading edge organizations like GE and Disney are unlocking the Internet of Things opportunity and what steps your organization should be taking to position itself for the next platform of digital competition.
Dec. 15, 2014 11:45 PM EST Reads: 2,506
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
Dec. 15, 2014 10:30 AM EST Reads: 8,118
As the Internet of Things unfolds, mobile and wearable devices are blurring the line between physical and digital, integrating ever more closely with our interests, our routines, our daily lives. Contextual computing and smart, sensor-equipped spaces bring the potential to walk through a world that recognizes us and responds accordingly. We become continuous transmitters and receivers of data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Andrew Bolwell, Director of Innovation for HP's Printing and Personal Systems Group, discussed how key attributes of mobile technology – touch input, sensors, social, and ...
Dec. 15, 2014 10:00 AM EST Reads: 3,270
In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect at GE, and Ibrahim Gokcen, who leads GE's advanced IoT analytics, focused on the Internet of Things / Industrial Internet and how to make it operational for business end-users. Learn about the challenges posed by machine and sensor data and how to marry it with enterprise data. They also discussed the tips and tricks to provide the Industrial Internet as an end-user consumable service using Big Data Analytics and Industrial Cloud.
Dec. 15, 2014 10:00 AM EST Reads: 2,395