Article: Open source is a community, not a brand

Cloud, Open Source, Software

Open source is a community, not a brand

While free and open, open source can be complex and require expertise to maintain, support and operate. According to the Perforce report, it’s important to partner with industry leaders to maximize open-source success through migration help, ongoing management and support. Additionally, an open-source strategy that can clarify the open source initiatives, governance, role of internal resources and external support can help pave the way for open source in the enterprise.

“Finding success with open-source software as an enterprise organization requires a fully formed strategy – especially as it applies to critical areas like support,” said Rod Cope, CTO at Perforce Software

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Article: Industry Collaboration and Augmentation – the OSS Way

Open Source, Software

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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Article: The Value—and Potential—of Enterprise Open Source

Open Source, Software

The Value—and Potential—of Enterprise Open Source

When the best of the world comes together, rapid advancements happen, and herein lies the open-source advantage. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated digital transformation for many enterprises as they worked to maintain innovation while meeting a customer demand that was dynamically different from that of a pre-COVID-19 world. Thus, it is no surprise that 53 percent of respondents cited digital transformation as a top use of open-source software, propelling it to third on this year’s survey.

Just as with application development, open source for digital transformation saw an increase by 11 points over the last two years. This shift of both together demonstrates that the strategic use of open source is the lifeblood of business services.

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Article: Building the Edge with Community-powered Innovation

Cloud, Open Source, Software

Building the Edge with Community-powered Innovation

There was a time when large technology vendors and enterprises wouldn’t touch open source software with a 10-foot pole. But now most embrace it avidly. What’s more, it’s almost certain that open source will be at the forefront of edge computing’s evolution.

“We are now seeing open source as kind of a platform that more and more companies are joining,” says Ishu Verma, senior principal product marketing manager for emerging technologies with Red Hat. Of particular note with regard to open source edge, he adds, is the community participation of companies like Bosch, big industrial players with a history of proprietary approach to software. “Companies see that, first of all, the speed of innovation is faster and they can help contribute to this.”

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Article: How open source databases drive rapid innovation

Open Source, Software
How open source databases drive rapid innovation

In a Red Hat survey, 52% of Asia-Pacific (APAC) respondents said they use open source databases, highlighting the prominence of open source in the region. Unlike proprietary databases, open source databases enable developers to ‘fail fast’, a concept in DevOps and agile, whereby developers work with small increments of code that allow them to detect problems early and fix them while still in development. Open source databases enable developers to rapidly try new capabilities that speed innovation and improve the efficiency of their projects.

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Article: Why Open-Source Is Here To Stay?

Open Source, Operating Systems, Software

Why Open-Source Is Here To Stay?Why Open-Source Is Here To Stay?

The rise of open-source software in 2020, amidst a global pandemic, can be attributed to the sudden spike in demand for the faster development of software programmes and applications. In March 2020, GitHub noticed a major uptick in open-source projects. Many streaming websites even cut back on bandwidth consumption by reducing video streaming quality and download speeds. This is where open-source software comes in. With proprietary software being more costly in terms of speed of deployment, more enterprises turned to open-source software. Integrating open-source code accelerates software development. It makes information more democratised and thus allows a technically diverse group to develop applications rapidly. Many developers usually back open-source software, thus finding solutions to software problems and creating new applications much more straightforward.

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Article: Red Hat Summit: Edge Deployments Go Mainstream

Hardware, Open Source, Software

Red Hat Summit: Edge Deployments Go Mainstream

“Until very recently, we’ve seen early adopters in edge computing building their own bespoke solution,” said Frank Zdarsky, a senior principal software engineer with Red Hat. “As part of this, they had to figure out some of the really fundamental problems of not only how to deploy compute and storage at the edge, but also how do you secure it? How do you do software updates? How do you manage at scale? These are all hard problems that were binding significant resources for them.”

Those problems have been largely addressed with edge solutions and services. Edge deployments have become commonplace enough that practically anything a company needs to accomplish has already been done by others, with best practices and software already developed. Even better, there is now an ecosystem of infrastructure companies that can offer expertise and guidance in all stages of staking out an edge location.

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Article: Interview: Open Source’s Path From Skunk Works to Mainstream

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Interview: Open Source’s Path From Skunk Works to Mainstream

“Hello and welcome to seven layers where every episode we look at a different aspect of technology, from literal wires in the ground to switches and routers and all the way up to the exploding amount of smart devices around us.

I’m your host Connor Craven associate studios editor at SDxCentral. This week, we are continuing to look at open source technology. In just a moment, you’ll hear from Deb Bryant, senior director of the Open Source Program Office at Red Hat. If you haven’t listened to our last episode on open source tech, I highly recommend going back and giving it a listen before Deb and I began our conversation. I won’t delay you any longer, please sit back and enjoy my interview with Deb Bryant of Red Hat.”

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Article: Red Hat Enterprise Linux takes aim at edge computing

Open Source, Software

Red Hat Enterprise Linux takes aim at edge computing

RHEL 8.4 also is positioned for greater flexibility for cloud applications, with a more “holistic” view of subscription deployment and reporting via Red Hat Insights Subscriptions and improved support for Red Hat Cloud Access.

RHEL serves as the foundation of the Red Hat Edge initiative, which is intended to extend capabilities of the Red Hat hybrid cloud portfolio to the edge, supporting applications from telecommunications and transportation to enterprise devices and smart automobiles.

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Article: Open Source: More Dominant Than You Think

Open Source, Operating Systems, Software

Open Source: More Dominant Than You Think

Simply, open source software is software that is licensed in a way that allows people to freely use, study, modify, and distribute the software. These open source licenses differ greatly from proprietary software licenses, where only the original owner can copy, alter, or distribute the software.

Since open source refers to a wide variety of software programs, the use cases vary greatly. However, a Red Hat open source enterprise report found open source software is critical to infrastructure networks.

95% of respondents said open source software was strategically important to the enterprise’s overall infrastructure strategy, up from 89% in 2019. Only 42% of respondents report using proprietary software, down from 55% in 2019 and respondents expect that to keep falling — this number is expected to be down to just 32% in two years.

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