Wednesday Oct 01, 2008

Software Freedom = Brasil

What is important in Brasil?  Obviously football, samba dance, carnival and if you come here to Brasil and talk to developers: open sourced softwareThis week in Brasil the community of developers, including students, came together for 3 days.  The above picture shows you the density of a city discovered in the year 1532.  The picture also represents a world leader, as a country, for progressing open sourced software.  Today 1 out of ever 10 software developers reside in Brasil!

I had the pleasure of personally thanking, on behalf of Sun, Sean Maloney EVP and Chief Sales Marketing Officer at Intel for his partner keynote at Sun's 1st 2008-2009 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Paulo. Sun's partner Intel along with our other partners from AMD and Ericsson certainly had lots of technology to share this past week.  Sean discussed Solaris innovation as a partner.  Innovation that is valuable to the open sourced community via OpenSolaris despite what others may think.

I keynoted after Sean and discussed value to and from the community when you innovate, collaborate and integrate together.  I demonstrated how opensourced virtualization software for the desktop enables a developer to work with multiple guest operating systems as virtual machines.  We had a OpenSolaris 2008.05 virtual machine (in local language - Brasil Portugeuse) installing and removing packages seamlessly with its package manager.  The OpenSolaris 2008.11 release coming next month just gets better.  Heck we even had the virtual machine check the followings of the U.S. stock market crisis via a Firefox browser and My Yahoo.  Finally we put the OpenSolaris virtual machine through some work to demonstrate storage data services such as ZFS and snapshots.  Important technology if your want to build open storage products. 

Keep leading the way Brasil!  Bravo.



Thursday Jan 31, 2008

Spending Time to Save $$$ or Spending $$$ to Save Time...

Mårten Mickos the CEO of MySQL hit upon a key trend occurring in the web core which is also known as SAAS, web hosting services,  the internet cloud, etc. . "Some people spend time to save $$$ and some people spend $$$ to save time."  In the open source arena the majority of folks (actually it's a pretty vast majority) are spending the time to save the $$$.  50,000 downloads a day of the most popular open sourced database is an eye opener.  That certainly sounds like a vibrant and active community to me!  People who help develop, enhance, promote, utilize, advocate, lead, govern, market, plan, discuss, etc. There is power in numbers  Are individuals using this database?  Yes in the droves.  Are companies using the database?  Wikipedia, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, SecondLife are using MySQL.  Would banks be interested in this technology alternative?  That is a good question.  Are some enterprise companies experimenting with CentOS today?  The answer is "yes."  Can you purchase commercial grade support on CentOS?  It is probably a barrier for certain application deployments in the enterprise today.  Seems like the potential is there... Commercial grade support from a Fortune 500 company can broaden the reach to new customers. A company that  generates new technology rather than simply gather and glue technology together in a distro can be an advantage as well as an attraction.

Does an open source business model want to shift enterprise customers from spending the time to spending the $$$.  Of course. When those customers are ready to do so on their terms because it is a business decision.  Think of "free" but drop the letter 'r' (for me it's easy since I'm from Boston) and you have "fee" for commercial grade deployment-- which typically means support, various service offerings and SLAs.  If you become "the" largest open source company in the world you drive for new and repeat customers via opportunities not by mouse traps.  Opportunities are generated by downloads, partners, OEMs and direct sales.  While the MySQL acquisition is subject to closing and regulation approvals it is clearly a move that complements nicely an existing software business that is growing.

How much data is currently being stored via this relational database?  I imagine it is many tables of stored data and many more tables of the relations between those tables of stored data.  Can MySQL help drive synergies with storage products and other offerings? 

A big yes.

This is making too much sense.


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