Industry Collaboration and Augmentation – the OSS Way
In the current environment in our industry, it’s often hard to see through the relentless noise related to private eco-systems. It’s also hard to see past how this approach will only get worse moving forward, with large publishers and other platform players increasingly following suit and an ecosystem of federated walled-gardens emerging as a result. At a glance it would appear that everyone is simply seeking to consolidate what they have in terms of audiences and solutions for buyers – and in the short-term, it may initially seem unlikely that we’ll see any increased levels of collaboration.
As a guiding example of active collaboration, one needs to look no further than open-source software and how it’s exploded over the past 30 years or so. Developers of software that has an open source license willingly allow anyone to download, collaboratively improve upon, and distribute the software without paying fees to the original creator.
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Kasten’s Ongoing Contribution to Open Source Bears Fruit for Stateful Storage
For the developer building applications that run in the cloud, it is also important to know “how fast your storage is,” said Bathina. “A simple tool [such as Kubestr] to just validate the storage is fast enough for me and is a good place for me to create my application or deploy an application,” said Bathina. “Just having that little bit of information is useful when you, as a developer, are building an application to know the limitations of your cluster.”
Weighing Open Source’s Worth for the Future of Big Data
“If you’re trying to overcome a technology like relational databases, which have been developed over decades and had gestation from every major university in the world that does computer science research, it takes a long time to climb that hill,” Kreps says. “What’s very different for us is there hasn’t really been this incredibly well-developed infrastructure layer in the space we’re entering. We get to kind of make it up as we go along, which is a huge advantage. “
This perhaps is the reason why — despite the availability of MySQL, MariaDB, and PostgreSQL RDBMs, the advent of modern NoSQL and NewSQL solutions, and scalable Hadoop and object-storage alternatives — proprietary RDBMs continue to drive the lion’s share of enterprise spending in the data management space.
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Phi Beta Iota: The time has come for a clean-sheet fresh start. The Internet was designed for machine to machine communication, it was never designed for humans or content. We process less than 1% of the Big Data we have in hand and that in turn is less than 1% of what is known. A post-Amazon post-Google Internet will be distributed and encrypted, including the 50% of humanity not on the Internet today, and enable paragraph level linking and weighting.