Tuesday Sep 23, 2008

The Open Source Challenge

What is the challenge of Open Source? I keep on hearing from different places and over different times about are we giving away the "Crown Jewels". Similarly are we arming our competitors to compete with us more effectively? What I'd like to do is to lay out the challenge of Open Source to the developers and to the market place.

For me the challenge of Open Source is one of innovation. Essentially we are challenging ourselves to out innovate the competition. It is not about sitting on a pile of patents and saying we'll sue you or keeping everything hidden in the hope that people won't see how incredibly trivial the 'technology' we sell is. I see Open Source as making a bet on us. We need to come up with the ideas and the technology to make us successful.

A big part of this is execution. The time from idea to product needs to be very short so that we can be dynamic and attack the market in an efficient fashion. If the idea is out there and someone can more efficiently come to market it can certainly be a problem for this model.

For me this is a bet I want to make. I want to challenge myself to be able to outthink and outperform the competition. It doesn't meant that I'll always be able to do it ;-)

Friday May 30, 2008

Honeycomb 1.1.1 Open Sourced!

Today we posted the source code for the current 1.1.1 release candidate. This is a huge achievement by too many people to name. We are grateful both to the current folks who are working on Honeycomb today, and to all of those who have touched it in the past. This is a chance to re-engage as part of an open community built around Honeycomb and it's technology!

Monday Mar 17, 2008

Honeycomb Opensourced!

So we did it. We finally put the source code out there for Honeycomb. We put it in several locations: OpenSolaris, SNIA and java.net. So there are several questions about this, eg what did we actually open source, why three communities, etc.

So we released several pieces. We released the "Honeycomb Open Edition", this is basically a standalone java version of the Honeycomb protocol stack. It doesn't have the reliability, nor the RAIN architecture. However the bulk of the code that provides that functionality was in the drop. We also released the source to the VIM which will allow Honeycomb to work with the reference implementation of XAM from SNIA (note that the standard is still in the development phase). We also provided a photo demo which links XAM and honeycomb together. We used this as part of a demo at SNW last year showing our XAM compliance.

The obvious question is what can you do with all of this? We've provided the pieces so that it's possible to craft a single node instance of Honeycomb. You would be able to write applications to our API to this instance. It's also possible just to use the "Honeycomb Open Edition" to be an application development environment for Honeycomb.

So where are we going? This was the first code drop that we've done, we're not going to stop here. We are currently working on getting more of the pieces that make Honeycomb out. We are planning to start developing in the open very soon, so stay tuned!

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