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What happened to OpenStack?
> So, you see, creating a viable, open source, hyperscale cloud software solution was against the best interest of the companies most heavily investing in OpenStack’s development.

> When you’re looking at other cloud products, think about similar conflicts of interest that might be affecting your favorite spokespersons today… (I’m looking at you, kubernetes)

Spelled out:

> Even then, if you’re using Kubernetes, you probably won’t succeed, because it isn’t in Google’s best interest to let anyone else actually compete with GKE.

> And that’s probably OK. In fact, OpenStack + Kubernetes is probably just fine for what ever you’re building, and neither project is going anywhere any time soon.
cloud  google  kubernetes  openstack  opensource 
march 2019 by cote
Switching Costs and Lock-In
“Lock-in” is about switching costs (a Simon Phipps put it long ago, “the freedom to leave”) and can thus be considered strategically, even financially, rather than numbing, stupefying FUD.
digitaltransformation  enterprisearchitecture  lockin  opensource 
january 2019 by cote
AWS, MongoDB, and the Economic Realities of Open Source
> This leaves MongoDB Inc. not unlike the record companies after the advent of downloads: what they sold was not software but rather the tools that made that software usable, but those tools are increasingly obsolete as computing moves to the cloud. And now AWS is selling what enterprises really want.
charts  opensource  cloud  mongodb  aws  pricing 
january 2019 by cote
community, you keep using that word
> Selling something for more than the cost is the only business model ever. Everything else is figuring out how to facilitate and optimize the transaction. Sell something people value has to be the foundational strategy.

Community is had in any type of software, OSS, closed, aaS, or enterprise. Managing the sentiments of that community are what’s important.
opensource  community  devrel 
january 2019 by cote
A Pivotal Director, RedMonk Analyst Discuss the State of Open Source in 2018 by The New Stack Analysts
I was on a end-of-year podcast on open source, kubernetes, and vendor sports:

> It would have been difficult to predict the magnitude of open source’s role in today’s platforms and the explosion of choice on offer in today’s computing world thanks to its massive adoption.  On the industry side, IBM’s purchase of Linux giant Red Hat this year for an astounding $34 billion has come as an even bigger surprise.

> The state of open source in 2018, and especially, the IBM's Red Hat purchase, were discussed during a podcast with Rachel Stephens, an analyst with of RedMonk, and Michael Coté, director, marketing, at Pivotal Software, hosted by Libby Clark, editorial director, and Alex Williams, founder and editor-in-chief, of The New Stack.

> Indeed, 2018 is even being touted at the “year of open source” in many circles, Stephens said. “The mega acquisitions and just tends to really validate open-source as the method of building in the future and as a viable approach for building your stack. And I think, at the same time, we contrast that with some kind of clouds on the horizon in terms of the growing tension between an ability to run an open source business in the face of cloud providers.”
podcast  redhat  opensource  Kubernetes  cotespeaking  redmonk 
january 2019 by cote
The Non-Compete Software Movement
> If I want to grab a piece of software and build a business on top of it through my own labor, I need to go elsewhere. I’m not welcome to do that in your house.
january 2019 by cote
DigitalOcean Survey Results Reveal the State of Open Source
"Nearly three quarter of developers surveyed say that their company expects them to use open source software to do their job. When deciding what projects to use, their companies place a premium on widely adopted technology (63%) with good documentation (48%) and active maintainers (42%)."
surveys  opensource 
october 2018 by cote
Cloud Native Computing Foundation Accepts Harbor Into CNCF Sandbox
“Harbor is a privately hosted registry, which allows running either on-premises or in any of the major cloud vendors, making it a possibility for organizations that cannot use a public container registry or want to implement a multi-cloud strategy. Harbor started as an internal VMware project and became open source in 2016. Multiple partners, including companies like Pivotal and Rancher, either use Harbor for their container-based environment or work together with Harbor to give the possibility of running the project on their infrastructure. For instance, the Pivotal Container Service includes Harbor as its built-in container registry. For Rancher, Harbor is one of the packages you can deploy to provide a container registry. Moreover, Harbor gives the option to set up multiple instances of these registries on several of these platforms simultaneously and allows replication between them. Through the signing and vulnerability scanning capabilities provided by the project, it turns these into trusted resources.”
cloudnative  containers  docker  vmware  registries  opensource  privatecloud 
september 2018 by cote
Google sets Kubernetes free with $9m in its pocket for expenses
“CNCF has reason to be magnanimous beyond the Chocolate Factory prize money – cloud-oriented enterprise software is all the rage. According to CNCF stats published on Wednesday, production usage of CNCF projects has increased more than 200 per cent on average since December 2017 and evaluation – companies testing said code – has risen 372 per cent.... Among CNCF survey respondents – 2,400 IT-types mostly from the US and Europe – 40 per cent of those from enterprise companies (5,000+ employees) report running Kubernetes in production. Over the whole set of people answering the survey, 58 per cent said they are using Kubernetes in production, with 42 per cent considering it for future deployment.”
cloudnative  surveys  containers  opensource  kubernetes 
august 2018 by cote
Redis Pulls Back on Open Source Licensing, Citing Stingy Cloud Services
“The modules in question are used to help create managed services on top of Redis, namely RediSearch, Redis Graph, ReJSON, Redis-ML, and Rebloom. Licensed under Apache 2.0 modified with Commons Clause, these can still be freely used in any application, though they can’t be used in a commercial Redis-based offering. For that, you will have to call Redis Labs and work out a paid licensing arrangement.”
redis  opensource  licensing  databases  cloud 
august 2018 by cote
Red Hat's James Talks About the Importance of Open Source Innovation
People always want MSPs is to add higher level services, to become more like public cloud. Also, some arch open source/lock-in talk.
opensource  lockin  platforms  msp  redhat 
july 2018 by cote
The full-time job of keeping up with Kubernetes
“In practice and actual fact, what really matters for older Kubernetes version support is the continued availability and exercising of its end-to-end testing pipeline. If the machinery to quickly update an old release continues to exist, and exist in a state of good (non-flakey) repair, cutting a patch release is just a matter of someone – you, your provider or your vendor – having the engineering gumption to push it through. If a critical security fix isn’t back-ported to an older Kubernetes version, that’s a strong sign that no reasonably professional team is using that version in production anymore.”
history  testing  opensource  cloudnative  kubernetes 
june 2018 by cote
The Kubernetes ‘fork’: Open source purists miss the point | InfoWorld
“Enterprises want stuff that works. As much as we in the open source world chatter and fret about vendor lockin, enterprises have demonstrated a remarkable ability to shrug off that concern and buy deeply into Microsoft, Oracle, and, yes, Red Hat’s OpenShift.”
cloudnative  redhat  opensource  kubernetes 
may 2018 by cote
Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth takes aim at VMware and Red Hat at OpenStack Summit
“A lot of institutions are figuring out that Ubuntu and upstream Kubernetes gives them 80% of what they need from PaaS, while the open Kubernetes ecosystem takes care of the remaining 20%. And that comes in at a third of the cost of Red Hat,” he said.

Also, he says they’re much cheaper than VMware and RHEL.
kubernetes  opensource  linux  cloudnative  canonical 
may 2018 by cote
Future of Jakarta Is in the Cloud, Not with the JCP: One-on-One with Mike Milinkovich
“Q: Just to be clear, the Eclipse Jakarta EE Working Group is where the new specification process is going to be managed entirely, and the JCP is out of the picture. Right?
A: Right. The JCP is going to continue to exist, of course, but it will be focused entirely on the Java language platform, the JDK, the JRE, that level of the Java technology. The Eclipse Foundation and its members and the Jakarta EE Working Group will define the future evolution of cloud-native Java.”
jee  j2ee  java  opensource  eclipse 
april 2018 by cote
Monitoring continues to be a valuable part of the hybrid cloud, as Sensu raises $10M
“Sensu Enterprise is the commercial version of that project, and it costs between $99 and $999 depending on how many servers you’ll need to monitor your cloud environment. You also get customer service that you won’t get if you try to install the open-source project on your own, a key part of the strategy of many enterprise startups building around open-source projects.”
funding  monitoring  opensource 
april 2018 by cote
Will open source software become a 'tragedy of the commons'?
I love this concept of tragedy of the anti-commons: “Strong management can stop this overuse. But because contributors haven't been able to derive value through a platform built just for them, they must look for other ways to gain value, perhaps through the addition of intellectual property. And this leads us into the tragedy of the anti-commons. We have seen cases where a fork of an open source software project or even just the threat of a fork can act as disincentive to steering or influencing for a particular group or provider's benefit, but this presents other challenges to the code moving forward.”
451research  opensource  techethics 
march 2018 by cote
WSO2: Our 2017 Results and 2018 Plan
2% profit margin is much better than no- or negative-percent.

"In 2017, we will exit our Annualized Recurring Revenue (ARR) between $24.5 — $25.5M, a growth of 52%, up from 46% growth the previous year. Our gross margin for the recurring business is 88%, and will increase in coming years. In 2017, we will turn our first profit with $603K EBITDA and generate $2.7M cash from operations."
revenue  financials  opensource  middleware  ws02  paas 
january 2018 by cote
The critics are wrong about AWS’s open source approach
"Is AWS selfish? Sure. Does that selfishness translate into greater developer productivity with machine learning and other enterprise software in the process? Yes. And it’s not merely a convenient byproduct: It’s the whole reason AWS exists."
opensource  ethics  amazon 
january 2018 by cote
​Red Hat on its way to becoming the first billion-dollar-a-quarter open-source company | ZDNet
‘I'll tell you something that's not fantasy. In the next few years, Red Hat will become the first billion-dollar-a-quarter open-source company, and that's real money... Here's how. First, as Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat CEO, said in the earnings call, "We anticipate exiting the fiscal year with an annualized run-rate of approximately $3 billion for total revenue."’
numbers  predictions  momentum  qtr_calls  redhat  opensource 
december 2017 by cote
Al on OpenStack, circa Nov 2017
“Its next few moves with new and existing projects, the acceleration of end-user adoption, multi-cloud management tooling, and the embrace of other open source communities will determine whether it stays a niche player in its private cloud habitat, or becomes an alpha competitor across all IT oceans.”
cloud  451  openstack  opensource 
november 2017 by cote
Google, IBM and others launch an open source API for keeping tabs on software supply chains
You probably still want to know who actually built a given container and what’s running in it.
IBM  opensource  cases  alm  grc  google  containers  links  via:Workflow 
october 2017 by cote
Elephant in the room: Doug Cutting on Hadoop and core enterprise tech going open source • The Register
Here, I'm mostly interests in the idea of managed private cloud crossed with open source: you don't expect public cloud companies to open source their stuff, so would you expect managed private cloud vendors to keep closed too?

Also, open source is still only something considered for infrastructure software, not so much applications.
privatecloud  community  opensource  hadoop 
june 2016 by cote
A new open source cloud management tool… from Walmart
"OneOps works with any public, private, or hybrid cloud that uses the OpenStack cloud environment (including CenturyLink and Rackspace), as well as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. It can automatically configure, repair, and scale up applications across multiple cloud providers. Like other tools, it also automates the creation of virtual machine instances for developers, handling security settings and other image configuration tasks. But it can also move applications from one cloud to another on a user's command as lower costs, better availability, available bandwidth, security, capacity, or other technological advantages dictate."
cloud  multicloud  walmart  opensource  cloudmanagement 
february 2016 by cote
South Korea Adopts Cloud Foundry as Its PaaS - Cloud Foundry Live | Altoros
Write-up of South Korean government choosing Cloud Foundry. They liked the open source nature of it, according to this.
CloudFoundry  opensource  ecosystem  government  cases 
january 2016 by cote
Half of AT&T's networks are controlled by open-source SDN code
'Donovan said there are now "millions" of AT&T wireless subscribers connected to virtualized network services – for example, many will be relying on the so-called AT&T Integrated Cloud (AIC), which is based on OpenStack.'
cloud  sdn  cases  moile  opensource  openstack  AT 
january 2016 by cote
Google Hopes Open Source Will Give Its Cloud A Path To The Enterprise
'"Google is not an enterprise company and we are trying to become cognizant of what the enterprise needs,” Craig McLuckie, Google’s product manager in charge of its Kubernetes and Google Container Engine'
EnterpriseSoftware  GCE  opensource  Kubernetes  containerorchistration  Google  cloud 
september 2015 by cote
Open Source Usage in Large Enterprises
Across "100 C-Level execs" usage at their company: "When it comes to the actual usage of open source software (OSS) in large enterprises, only 21% of them use it across the enterprise and 25% have deployed it in a business unit. The other 54% are either at the planning phase (21%), or use it for Internet-related programs (13%) or are running a pilot program to evaluate it (20%)"
numbers  Wipro  surveys  opensource  enterprise 
july 2015 by cote
Why CNCF? Why now?
It will take some time to realize the full vision.
Kubernetes  orchistration  opensource  cloudnative 
july 2015 by cote
IBM open sources apps in the cloud to boost software development
"By making Bluemix available this way, IBM will equip the developers of tomorrow with the capabilities and skills to join the workforce and create enterprise-class cloud applications at consumer scale, the firm said."
opensource  BlueMix  mobile  IBM 
july 2015 by cote
Capital One Out to Display its Geekdom with Open Source DevOps Dashboard
It's fun seeing non-tech companies do this stuff. Also: "what's in your dashboard?!"
dashboard  cases  devops  recruiting  opensource  monitoring 
july 2015 by cote
Open source technologies become kingmakers in enterprise | ZDNet
"Without an open source project at the core of an enterprise technology vendors will be facing a prolonged and difficult selling cycle." It could do with more charts, but hey, it stands OK as a brief piece.
RedHat  opensource  enterpriseIT 
july 2015 by cote
There’s a lot of people who’d like to make a lot of money off of this, so don’t get all shocked when things go weird. Last week’s podcast has us discussing open source foundations and their role in the vendor landscape. We talk about the ASF, the Linux Foundation, the Cloud Foundry Foundation, and a theoretic Docker foundation. If you’re into all that scenario thinking, it’s good stuff to start thinking about how things might play out based on the structures and cultures people are putting into place around this part of the IT world. See the full shownotes over on
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  mp3s  podcasts  thenewstack  opensource  tumblr:audio  audio 
december 2014 by cote
Another fine looking presentation - and slide - from Andrew Shafer.
opensource  AndrewShafer  dailywrap  businessmodels  community  presentations  OSCON  OSCON2014  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  tumblr:photo  photo 
july 2014 by cote
[Crowbar] Update on Dell and Crowbar
[I]t is time for Dell to allow an independent open source community to take the reins of the Crowbar project. Dell “will stop sponsoring engineers to be committing and supervising the [Crowbar] project,” meaning they that the company is no longer funding developers to work on Crowbar. As Crowbar lead Rob Hirschfeld points out in his post on the topic, he and other community members will continue to work on Crowbar as an independent project. He summarizes Crowbar’s positioning well: In the open DevOps bare metal provisioning market, there is nothing that matches the capabilities developed in either Crowbar v1 or OpenCrowbar. The operations model and system focused approach is truly differentiated because no other open framework has been able to integrate networking, orchestration, discovery, provisioning and configuration management like Crowbar. There’s an interesting crop of cloud provisioners out there now and 451 actually is getting a (though slight) rising interest in this topic, as counted by incoming inquiries. As OpenStack cloud is used more and more - esp. for private cloud where it seems to get a lot of interest, as you’d think - I expect the questions about the shortlist for cloud provisioners to rise even more. Crowbar was the first, as far as I know, bare-metal provisioner for OpenStack and other cloud stacks. It’s also notable as one of the few major projects innovated in-house at Dell, which typically adds new technologies through acquisitions or by participating in commodity markets (like servers, desktops, etc.). Back at DevOpsDays Austin 2012, I did a short presentation on best practices learned from doing Crowbar at Dell, "How a BigCo actually got some innovation done – The Longer Story of Crowbar," there were some fun tips in there.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  OpenStack  Dell  cloud  opensource  Crowbar  link  tumblr:link 
may 2014 by cote
Cisco belches forth mighty intergobblenator CLOUD OF DOLLARS • The Register
In the context of covering Cisco’s “InterCloud” announcement, the following is quoted: The Cisco Intercloud will be built upon industry-leading Cisco cloud technologies and leverage OpenStack for its open standards-based global infrastructure. We’ll support any workload, on any hypervisor and interoperate with any cloud. You see that notion frequently now-a-days, the idea of OpenStack being part of a cloud. As I recall, Oracle said they had (would have?) OpenStack compatibility. One would expect that IBM SoftLayer (built on CloudStack) will have something in this realm of “based on” and “plays nicely with.” Of course, there are plenty of others that are “100% OpenStack” (or as close as one can get) as well.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  cloud  cisco  openstack  opensource  link  tumblr:link 
march 2014 by cote
Back at SXSW 2009, Neelan Choksi was kind enough to invite me to be on a panel on open source. Mark Brewer and Sara Dornsife were also on the panel. Good times. Here’s the original, brief notes on it at my old RedMonk blog.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  mp3s  CoteSpeaking  panels  opensource  2009  SXSW  SXSW2009  SaraDornsife  NeelanChoksi  MarkBrewer  Austin  audio  tumblr:audio 
march 2014 by cote
Amazon's 'schizophrenic' open source selfishness scares off potential talent, say insiders • The Register
"In many cases in the big companies and all the small startups, your Github profile is your resume," explained another former Amazonian. "When I look at developers that’s what I’m looking for, [but] they go to Amazon and that resume stops … It absolutely affects the quality of their hires." I’ve been reading The Everything Store, the recent business history of Amazon. Given the culture there, it’s not too shocking to read that Amazon is not big into developers marketing themselves and getting involved in “the community,” as it were.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  Amazon  devrel  opensource  github  developers  link  tumblr:link 
january 2014 by cote
Red Hat and CentOS become Voltron, build free operating system together | Ars Technica
"Red Hat’s open source business is strong enough that CentOS is effectively a mindshare force multiplier rather than a RHEL competitor," noted Ryan Paul, Ars’ former open source guru. And, making it harder for Oracle too.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  RedHat  partnership  opensource  centos  linux  link  tumblr:link 
january 2014 by cote
Juniper open sources Contrail SDN software stack • The Register
Hey, it’s got XMPP in it. Also, long bits from Muglia, always fun to hear from.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  xmpp  sdn  opensource  BobMuglia  juniper  networking  contrail  link  tumblr:link 
september 2013 by cote
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