open source

In production and development, 'open source is a philosophy, or pragmatic methodology that promotes free redistribution and access to an end product's design and implementation details[citation needed]. Before the phrase open source became widely adopted, developers and producers used a variety of phrases to describe the concept; open source gained hold with the rise of the Internet, and the attendant need for massive retooling of the computing source code. Opening the source code enabled a self-enhancing diversity of production models, communication paths, and interactive communities. The open-source software movement was born to describe the environment that the new copyright, licensing, domain, and consumer issues created. Here's the Wikipedia page.

Beschikbaarheid, flexibiliteit en veiligheid dankzij Open Source

Als uitbater en beheerder van de luchthaven van Brussel, is Brussels Airport Company verantwoordelijk voor alle activiteiten op de grond en in de gebouwen. En dat is heel wat: vluchtinformatie, automatische check-in van bagage, veiligheid, vrachtafhandeling, begeleiding van vliegtuigen aan de grond enzovoort. Niet verwonderlijk dat Brussels Airport Company een vast IT-team heeft van een dertigtal mensen om de infrastructuur van deze bedrijfskritische toepassingen in goede banen te leiden.

The end of the Change Advisory Board?

Komt er een einde aan de Change Advisory Boards (CAB)? Ik denk het wel. Stel u voor hoe organisaties in de traditionele ITIL-aanpak omgaan met changes en releases: de change manager verzamelt alle verzoeken voor een change, zet ze op een rij voor de CAB en deze komt eens per twee maanden bijeen om ze te bespreken. Zo zal het in de praktijk lang niet altijd meer gaan, maar het vertegenwoordigt wel een jarenlange filosofie. Wie nu nog vertrouwen heeft in deze aanpak, moet zich oprecht zorgen maken over de continuïteit van zijn organisatie.

OpenShift, Red Hat's automatically scaling Platform-as-a-Service

Platform-as-a-Service is getting a lot of press lately, and with good reason. PaaS is an efficient way to develop applications, as you can start up a new development machine in a matter of seconds and take it down when you're finished with it. Or cater to specific needs easily, such as combinations of framework versions and databases.
Red Hat's Openshift is such a Platform-as-a-Service, ready for production after two years of beta testing.

CloudStack: open source Infrastructure as a Service by Citrix

CloudStack: open source Infrastructure as a Service by Citrix


CloudStack is open source software for creating, deploying and managing infrastructure cloud services. It started out as a proprietary project at a company called Kangaroot visited them in April 2011, just before they were acquired by Citrix. Citrix then released it as a 100% open source project in 2012, when it became an Apache project. CloudStack 4 was released in November 2012. Citrix also releases an officially supported product based on CloudStack, called CloudPlatform
It's a fully featured solution designed to manage a cloud through an easy-to-use web interface, command line tools and/or a RESTful API. CloudStack is also compatible with Amazon's EC2 and S3, for those who wish to deploy hybrid clouds. While there are several cloud management solutions, CloudStack is basically the only one that is ready for production as well as based on open standards. 

ownCloud: your own secure online storage platform

Kangaroot can install ownCloud on your premises

ownCloud is open source software that allows you to run your own online file storage platform. You can run it on your own server, rent a virtual machine from a service provider or get it on a per-user basis like Dropbox et al. In this article, we describe the software's features and how it compares to similar products like Dropbox. If you run ownCloud yourself, you can manage security yourself an add as much storage as you need. It has clients for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android - all free. Drawbacks are the necessity of maintenance and the higher startup cost.

Interview with Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat, on the changing role of the CIO

In a short interview, Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat, talks about the changing role of the CIO. Real innovation happens with big data and cloud APIs based on open source. At the same time, the expectations of the CIO and the IT department are defined by big companies such as Apple, Google and Facebook, while the CIO has to migrate from expensive legacy infrastructure systems.

Zimbra 8 groupware review: it's everywhere and it's friendly

Kangaroot can install a Zimbra groupware server on your premises

Zimbra started out as an open source project back in 2006, focusing on improving email collaboration. Zimbra is the collaboration and communication engine behind 85 million commercial mailboxes across 250 000 organisations worldwide, which makes it the number three email application behind Exchange and Gmail. Since 13 September 2013, Zimbra 8 is available to the public. Based on feedback from customers, VMware has invested lots of effort into unified communications, cloud integration and easier mobile user experience. We upgraded to Zimbra 8, read on for our opinion. Or ask us to show you a demo through a web conference.

Arch Linux: a simple, cutting edge operating system for your desktop

The main idea behind Arch Linux: provide a distribution which keeps things as simple as possible. A good example is the way they replace the classic sysv init system with a simple array of values. No upstart, no systemd, no tools necessary to create start/stop symlinks. The order in which you place the names of the init scripts, is the order in which they are started. Simple, no?

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