Saturday Nov 21, 2009

links for 2009-11-21: Using EC2 to bypass IT; Why not Affero GPL?; Wolfram Alpha

Tuesday Oct 27, 2009

links for 2009-10-27: Amazon RDS; SAP and Open Source

Tuesday Oct 20, 2009

links for 2009-10-20: Google Street View Goes Tricycle; Cloud or not?; Asay on EU and MySQL

Wednesday Aug 12, 2009

links for 2009-8-12: Apple a Monopoly?;Apple's Magic; VMware and SpringSource;

  • The Case Against Apple (AAPL) - Interesting read, but some of the arguments are flawed.  Unlike Microsoft with Windows, Apple does not have a monopoly and in general consumers have choice and can buy others phones, computers, and software.  The one place they may be in hot water is around the practices of App Store approval, particularly the retroactive removal and inconsistent logic in approving one app but not another.
  • The Science Behind Apple's Magic - A very good read, but this is excellent advice for lots of things: "Stop, step back from your product, and take a closer look. Without worrying about how much work you’ve already put into it, is it really as good as it could be?"
  • How we fixed the Power Outage -Plans to rehost and have a redundant backup got accelerated.
  • VMware plus SpringSource, more hype than substance, today - A good if not slightly biased (IBMer) analysis.

Monday Dec 15, 2008

links for 2008-12-15: MySQL 5.1, OpenSolaris 2008.11, Open Source SOA

Monday Aug 18, 2008

Mural, Master Index, and MySQL

I'm pleased to share that Master Index support of MySQL is now available in the Mural Community. See the announcement and go get the bits to try it out. The MySQL support is in both the stable and nightly builds.

This is an important milestone as it allows the community to now adopt an MDM solution without requiring an expensive and closed source database. MySQL has always been supported as a source of information to be indexed, but with this development the index itself can now use MySQL.

This is also the first step in delivering this support for our customers of the MDM Suite and Java CAPS. Stay tuned!

Wednesday Aug 06, 2008

links for 2008-8-6

Wednesday Jul 30, 2008

Open Source News

There has been quite a bit of open-source news the past week or so.

First, OpenSSO Express was announced at OSCON last week. This provides support for milestone builds from the OpenSSO community to licensees of Access Manager giving even greater flexibility to organizations looking to take advantage of open-source development and innovation. We think this model can apply to Java CAPS and Open ESB as well so let us know what you think!

Second, we announced an Enterprise LAMP Stack for Solaris and Linux, including the open-sourcing of the core components of our Web Server and Web Proxy offerings under the BSD license.

Last, Jonathan blogged about open-source and LinkedIn's use of MySQL. I particularly liked this paragraph:
"I'm seeing this with nearly every customer I meet, the invisible hand of open source - communities of individuals equally devoted to their employers, and to personal and peer productivity. These communities, within companies as well as across industries, are solving problems without having to involve procurement (while religiously adhering to policies surrounding privacy, intellectual property protection and software licensing). They're delivering unquestionable value."
as well as:
"Most progressive CIO's are trying to embrace this trend rather than fight it, figuring out how they can mandate as little as possible, not as much as possible - selecting only the most critical policies and standards to drive efficiency or compliance."
We are in a new open-source world and it is time to embrace it. You can do so by joining any number of our communities whether it is GlassFish, Open ESB, Mural, OpenSSO, OpenDS, OpenSolaris, or others.

Thursday Feb 07, 2008

links for 2008-2-7

Wednesday Jan 16, 2008

Sun, MySQL, Oracle, and BEA

It has been a busy news day!

To start with, the on/off again BEA acquisition by Oracle is now on again. See my previous post for what this could mean, but it is still early and there are many questions about what it is going to mean to Oracle's middleware and both Oracle and BEA customers. Some of the early quotes are interesting however.

Larry Ellison says at one point:
"...customers can choose among Oracle and BEA middleware products, knowing that those products will gracefully interoperate and be supported for years to come.”
This sounds like they are acknowledging that they have overlap and that they don't plan on rationalizing that overlap for "years to come".

Alfred Chuang states:
“our two businesses are a natural fit.”
but then says the companies will work on a
“comprehensive integration plan”
It all seems a bit confusing with products continuing for years to come, but being a natural fit, but needing a comprehensive integration plan. We will all be interested to see what happens.

The other big news of course is Sun's acquisition of MySQL. There has been a lot written on this of course including: I'm excited about it as it will provide a variety of opportunities for the Java Composite Application Platform Suite (CAPS) which is Sun's SOA and Composite Application product offering. With MySQL, Sun now has a complete software stack from the operating system to Java to Software Infrastructure (i.e. middleware) including an application server, identity products, and an integration platform with Java CAPS, the majority already in open source with nearly all new development taking place in open source. This last point is a key differentiator against the competition.

Stay tuned for updates on how the MySQL acquisition can create more value for Java CAPS customers.




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