Virtual and distributed computing technology and applications
Monday, October 11, 2004
Open source startup interruptus? A skeptical opinion of startups SourceLabs and SpikeSource, aimed at supporting enterprise open source applications: "I find it hard to see how either company will be anything more than minimally succesful against the likes of Red Hat, IBM or HP. The semi-logical conclusion is that both companies were started with exit strategies already in place. Some free advice to the founders: Sell your companies. Sell them quickly. Take the first offer that comes in. "
A member of SourceLabs replies in a comment, "The goal is not to sell a certified stack, it is to sell support for a certified stack. We will give away the certified stack. You will only have to pay if you want support for it. Certification carries two purposes: the first is to make customers feel comfortable enough to run the stack, and the second is for us to make sure that it is stable enough to provide support for it." 10:39:14 PM
RAID 1 on Linux:
Some of the fine points of configuring disks on Linux. 8:55:40 AM
Polese steps into open-source fray: Kim Polese, a former Sun Microsystems executive who was the original product manager for Java, is now at the helm of SpikeSource, an open-source software services company that launched on Thursday .. Services will include support and product certification as well as consulting for corporate IT staff during the application development and installation process, according to the company. .. By the end of the year, the company intends to launch a beta test of its services for the LAMP and LAMPJ "stacks" of open-source infrastructure software, according to the company's Web site. ..
SpikeSource appears to already have a competitor. Another group of industry veterans, including former Microsoft executives Brad Silverberg and Adam Bosworth, is backing SourceLab, which launched last week. The company intends to offer similar support and installation services around bundled open source components on a subscription basis" 12:19:08 AM
IBM Virtualization Capabilities with Linux and POWER5
: Info on machine architecture and issues from their point of view. " Itís now putting the number of services per administrator as the metric to measure your IT infrastructure, as opposed to the number of servers per administrator. Thatís revolutionary, because originally we would measure an IT administratorís relative skill set based on the number of physical boxes he or she could maintain.
And those administrators with different platform expertise had different expected numbers. A Sun admin may be able to do 30 or 40, where a Microsoft admin would be expected to do 10 to 20. Thatís based on the number of problems, support required, updates, packages, problems of that nature. Essentially now weíre taking those physical boxes out of the equation. " 12:02:21 AM