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Guest Post: Finding the Right Cloud for Your Business


Unless you?ve been living under a rock, you no doubt have at least a passing familiarity with cloud technology. As part of our ongoing series on the cloud, several notable people in the tech industry have shared their thoughts on how cloud technology impacts everything from VoIP and application integration to the way sysadmins and developers work.

Gordon Haff, Cloud Evangelist for Red Hat, has an interesting take on how the world of cloud technology itself is changing. There will always be a place for standard public clouds, but more and more companies are discovering that private and community clouds have plenty to offer, too -- and one size doesn?t necessarily fit all.

Guest Post: How the Cloud is Changing the Way Developers Work

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Just because a business moves its systems to the cloud, it doesn't mean less work or opportunity for developers. Cloud computing puts more resources and tools at a developer?s fingertips, with scalable infrastructures and development platforms. Of course, there?s a lot of hype -- and some hype-sters would have you believe when it comes to cloud development all you have to do is open a browser, put in your credit card, and your apps are almost done. But the laws of physics still prevail -- developers need to monitor, maintain, and ensure their cloud apps are reliable.

As part of our ongoing series on the impact of cloud technology on the tech industry, Phil Marshall of Black Duck Software takes an in-depth look at what developers need to know about cloud computing, and how it's changing and shaping the nature of their work.

Guest Post: How the Cloud is Impacting Open VoIP Services

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When Mark Spencer, founder of Digium and creator of the Asterisk open source communications framework, first conceived of a PBX written entirely in software he was attempting to avoid the closed-market expense of a business phone system. The move opened the competitive door to a wave of new and unique cloud services that fly in the face of conventional telecommunications business models. By ?de-proprietizing? the telecommunications business and embracing the growth of both advanced IP networking services and open source development models, these technologies are redefining what is possible in the realm of business telecommunications.

As part of our ongoing series on how the cloud is changing the face of the tech industry, Bryan Johns, Digium?s community director, takes a look at how cloud architecture and open source technology are giving the traditional telecom business a run for its money.

Guest Post: How the Cloud is Driving Application Integration Up the Stack

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As part of our ongoing series on cloud technology, we?ve looked at how the workforce is changing for sysadmins and database administrators. Now it?s time to turn our attention to application integration and open data access in the cloud.

Juergen Geck, CTO of open source groupware vendor Open-Xchange, says the cloud provides the perfect means and opportunity to drive app integration up the stack and calls for a measure of data standardization for it to really work. Geck pulls no punches in this smart and funny essay on how to get the ball rolling so humans and computers can take their data-sharing relationship to the next level.

Guest Post: How the Cloud is Changing the Way Database Administrators Work

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Though it?s tempting to assume the proliferation of cloud computing dramatically changes the way database administrators work, that may not actually be the case. Sure, some of a DBA?s responsibilities decrease with cloud deployments, but not to the point where three-hour lunch breaks and no on-call weekends become the norm.

As part of our ongoing series on how the cloud is changing the face of the technology industry and its workers, Robin Schumacher, director of product strategy at EnterpriseDB, takes a look at what the cloud means for today?s DBAs and whether cloud deployments make their jobs easier or more difficult. The answer may surprise you.

A Look at Clustered File Systems: Interview with Gluster's Anand Babu Periasamy

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As the saying goes, few things in life are certain except death and taxes. To that, we should add another certainty: that the amount of data that you need to store and manage will continue to grow at a rapid pace. One way to deal with this profusion of data is with clustered storage, like Gluster.

Gluster is an open source storage platform for working with large amounts of data (terabytes all the way up to petabytes) that ties together everything from the operating system layer to filesystem and management interface. To get a deeper view on Gluster, we asked Anand Babu Periasamy, CTO and co-founder of Gluster, to describe the technology and give a glimpse into the project's roadmap.

The Silver Lining in the Cloud is Open Source

A lot of people are gloom and doomy about the prospects for free and open source software in the cloud. Some even argue that software as a service or cloud computing should be avoided, but you can't fix the market, you can only adapt. It's good to see that some folks in the FLOSS community get this, like Dries Buytaert.

Buytaert, creator of Drupal and founder of Acquia is taking a different tact to supporting open source in the cloud: Building a business around it. While some Software as a Service (SaaS) platforms are built around lock-in, there's no reason why a company can't reject that model and carry the values of free and open source into the SaaS/cloud computing model. Buytaert argues that it's time for FLOSS advocates to redefine the SaaS model:

Eben Moglen Live in NYC on Friday: Freedom in the Cloud

Eben MoglenIf you're fortunate enough to live near New York City, you can catch Eben Moglen at the NY Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-NY) on Friday, talking about Freedom in the Cloud. Specifically, Moglen will be talking about the implications of cloud computing on software freedom, privacy, and security.

Cloud computing does pose quite a few challenges for software freedom. In addition to software licensing, users have to worry about privacy, data portability, and more. Just having the source is no longer enough, when users do have the source. Software freedom in the cloud is possible, however. For example, as this report of a talk by Aaron Williamson of Software Freedom Law Center points out, the Identi.ca microblogging service is an example of how to provide a cloud service and maintain user freedom:

Funambol Readies v8.5; Demos "Build Once, Deploy Everywhere" Framework


February is a great time to visit Barcelona -- the sights, the culture, the history, and of course, the Mobile World Congress. As an astute mobile enthusiast, you've probably noticed that open source platforms, applications and services are cropping up all over the mobile industry. It's no secret that a few of us here are fond of Funambol, thanks to its cross-platform functionality and community involvement.

At the Mobile World Congress, Funambol will unveil new products to interest mobile users and developers.

2010: The Year the Desktop OS No Longer Matters?

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Last Friday, Sam's Buffer Overflow run-down featured a piece by Walter Koenning discussing why campaigning hard for Linux on the desktop is selling open source -- and the operating system -- short.

I agree with Vincent Danen that wondering whether Linux is ready for the desktop is silly, even irrelevant -- wider usage tends to foster growth in related sectors (think cloud computing and virtualization). But Koenning's made a particularly strong (and strangely parallel) point that encouraging non-technical end users to use open source software is a great way to ease vendors into supporting non-proprietary platforms.

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