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With Cloud Expo 2012 Silicon Valley (11th Cloud Expo) due to open in two weeks' time at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA - co-located with 2nd International BigDataExpo - let's introduce you in greater detail to the distinguished individuals in our incredible Speaker Faculty for the technical program at the West Coast conference... We have technical and strategy sessions for you dealing with every nook and cranny of Cloud Computing & Big Data, but what of those who are presenting? Who are they, where do they work, what else have they written and/or said about the Cloud and/or Big Data solutions that are transforming the world of Enterprise IT? CLOUD EXPO SPEAKER NAME: Jonathan Bryce TWITTER: @jbryce ORGANIZATION: OpenStack Foundation 11TH CLOUD EXPO OPENING KEYNOTE TITLE: Open Cloud – Place Your Bets! SESSION DESCRIPTION: http://cloudcomputing.sys-con.com/node/23909... (more)

Which Open Source Software License Should I Use?

I've recently been involved in several discussions that are variations on, "Which open source or free software license should I choose for my project?" Here is my way of looking at the large and growing collection of licenses in the wild. First let's make sure we all understand that I Am Not A Lawyer. This is not legal advice. Depending upon your needs and your comfort with risk around your software, you'll want to confirm your legal choices with counsel in your jurisdiction. The first and obvious consideration is whether or not the license is approved as an open source license by the Open Source Initiative (OSI). The OSI created the Open Source Definition in the late 1990s as a set of attributes that a software license must support to be considered "open source". Anyone can take a license to the OSI for debate and discussion and if approved as meeting the OSD, the... (more)

OpenNebula Cloud Computing Topic Launched on Ulitzer

OpenNebula Cloud topic launched today on Ulitzer, as the leading information source for this open source Cloud Computing platform. OpenNebula, which was was born as a research project in 2005 by Dr. Rubén S. Montero,  Dr. Ignacio M. Llorente, is an open and flexible tool that fits into existing data center environments to build any type of Cloud deployment. OpenNebula can be primarily used as a virtualization tool to manage your virtual infrastructure in the data-center or cluster, which is usually referred as Private Cloud. OpenNebula supports Hybrid Cloud to combine local infrastructure with public cloud-based infrastructure, enabling highly scalable hosting environments. OpenNebula also supports Public Clouds by providing Cloud interfaces to expose its functionality for virtual machine, storage and network management. The OpenNebula Cloud Toolkit is a widely used o... (more)

Open Source Compliance: Getting Started Guide

This article discusses Open Source compliance and the challenges faced when establishing a compliance program, provides an overview of best practices, and offers recommendations on how to deal with compliance inquiries. Introduction Traditionally, platforms and software stacks were built using proprietary software and consisted of various software building blocks that came from different companies with negotiated licensing terms. The business environment was predictable and potential risks were mitigated through license and contract negotiations with the software vendors. In time, companies started to incorporate Open Source software in their platforms for the different advantages it offers (technical merit, time-to-market, access to source code, customization, etc). With the introduction of Open Source software to what once were pure proprietary software stacks, the... (more)

Enterprise BI: Snaplogic and Mindtouch Team Up

BI at Cloud Expo Sophisticated and advanced analytics tools that can strategically aggregate relevant data is key to the success of every business. The right solution can be challenging to find considering that we grab information from a multitude of platforms today – enterprise, web, social networks, SAAS, you name it.. Snaplogic and Mindtouch have decided to combine their respective offerings in a package that they call Business Application Integrations (BAI) which they say will work out cheaper to meet enterprise integration requirements for medium sized businesses. SnapLogic is an open source data integration framework for integrating data on both sides of the enterprise firewall. MindTouch helps with simplified, user friendly presentations of this data. So if you are in need of one service, you are probably in need of the other as well. Their combined solution ... (more)

Open Source Software: More Reasons It Is More Secure

Software designed by open source standards has security built in and has been found to be fielded with far fewer faults per unit of code than proprietary development houses.  There are many reasons for this.  This factor is especially true when the open source code is commercially supported.  For example, Linux, which has the strength of a huge open community and also the strength of thousands of paid developers from great companies like IBM, Oracle, Sun, Novell and now even Microsoft (that is a long story, but a great trend I hope continues). There are many myths out there on this subject.  Some of those myths are just misunderstandings, I’m sure.  Others are the kind of things that sales folks or others with vested interest in their company’s stock price like to encourage.  Human nature is at play here, and when you mix in a misunderstanding with some bias the re... (more)

Microsoft Passes Geeknet Open Source Test with Flying Colors

Open Source on Ulitzer Geeknet network, which includes SourceForge, Slashdot, ThinkGeek, Ohloh, and Freshmeat, has conducted a study initiated by Microsoft and found that at the end of 2009, over 82% of open source software was compatible with Windows Operating System. The results are a significant improvement from 2005 when only 72% of Open source software worked on Microsoft’s proprietary OS . In fact 23 out of the top 25 all-time-most downloaded projects on SourceForge also ran on Windows and 14 of them work exclusively on Windows. It’s not surprising that Microsoft is patting itself on its back for its headway on the OSS front. Scott Collison who is Chief Product Officer and Head of Corporate Development, at Geeknet, Inc.said: “In terms of actual numbers, this means that some 350,000 Open Source projects are now Windows compatible, out of a total of about 433,0... (more)

SplendidCRM for Microsoft Windows Azure

Azure Cloud on Ulitzer SplendidCRM solutions for open-source use, has entered the cloud with its release of SplendidCRM 4.0 Community Edition. This release has been specifically updated to run in Microsoft's Windows Azure Platform (http://www.microsoft.com/azure/). SplendidCRM can be installed to run just the database in SQL Azure, with the web application running locally, or to run the database in SQL Azure and the web application in Windows Azure. With this new capability our customers will be able to minimize the cost while maximizing the reliability of their customer data. A live Azure demo is available at http://splendidcrm.cloudapp.net. SplendidCRM continues to evolve with the incorporation of the Silverlight 3 Toolkit to replace the previous flash-based and hand-made charts. “We continue to pioneer the use of XAML-only graphics as a means to promote rapid a... (more)

Orchestra Hits 20,000 Views on YouTube for SAP Business One

As of March 10th, 2010 almost exactly one year after uploading our first how-to video, our videos are averaging 150 collective hits per day and have reached the 20,000 view milestone. Being the author of these videos, I am glad to see that people are benefiting from our content and really gaining some value from their SAP Business One systems. As we continue into 2010, our goals will be more heavily focused on the SAP Business One 8.8 release and how to utilize the new features in a more advanced fashion. We will, of course, continue covering the little tips and tricks as well. In response to the 20,000 views, we humbly offer 20,000 Thank You's We're honored to be providing small and midsize companies content that is found valuable enough to warrant the kind of attention it's received. We'll continue to create more, month in and month out, as always. Here's to 20,000... (more)

Cloud Computing Start-Up Picks the Lock on Hypervisors

Pete Malcolm Keynote at Cloud Expo Abiquo, a four-year-old Spanish open source cloud start-up bent on becoming a global player, should break out of stealth mode today bragging that it can end virtualization vendor lock-in and make public and private clouds interoperate. It says it means to change the way IT organizations operate their virtualized environments, making them more elastic and cost-effective. It has relaunched as an American company headquartered on Oracle's campus in Silicon Valley with $5.1 million in funding and a new British CEO to prove it. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! It says its infrastructure management software can automatically convert virtual machine images built for one hypervisor to any other hypervisor through a single drag-and-drop. Like VMware ESX or ESXi to Microsoft Hyper-V but the widgetry embraces... (more)

Mozilla Thunderbird Connector for Open-Xchange Now Available

Open-Xchange, which provides business-class open source collaboration software, has introduced a free connector for Mozilla Thunderbird, the cross-platform e-mail and news client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. The "Community OXtender for Thunderbird" software connector gives users full access to appointments and contacts stored in the Open-Xchange Server and enables them to use Thunderbird as a rich PIM (Personal Information Management) client to access data online and offline. The software packages and documentation are available at www.open-xchange.com/oxpedia#ThunderbirdOXtender. "Mozilla Thunderbird and Open-Xchange are a great open source alternative to Microsoft Outlook and Exchange," said Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange. "The availability of this OXtender lowers costs and will be attractive to educational institutions, public administrations, as well a... (more)