Article: WhiteSource Scores $75M in White-Hot Open Source Security Market

Code, Open Software, Open Source

WhiteSource Scores $75M in White-Hot Open Source Security Market

Open source security startup WhiteSource raised $75 million in Series D funding that its CEO says will allow it to acquire other companies and expand its application security platform. Pitango Growth led the funding round with participation by existing investors M12, Susquehanna Growth Equity, and 83North. This latest investment brings WhiteSource’s total funding to $121.2 million.

The Series D follows three years of growth for the company, which has seen a five-fold increase in customers and 800% revenue growth during that time. “We’re just on the cusp of 1,000 paying customers,” WhiteSource CEO Rami Sass said.

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Article: Open source, programmability and as-a-service to play a big role in future networks

Code, Open Software, Open Source

Open source, programmability and as-a-service to play a big role in future networks

As networks rely more on software, industry experts expect open-source to play a role in Layer2 and 3 functionality, and that data-centers will rely more on cloud-like services.

Networks of the not-to-distant future could feature many more open-source software components, advanced programmability, and be delivered as-a-service, according to experts speaking at the Future:Net 2021 symposium. Attendees of the virtual event heard predictions from vendors such as Cisco, Google, and Microsoft as well as academics and analyst firms such as Gartner and 451 Research.

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Article: The Future of American Industry Depends on Open Source Tech

Access, Free, Open Decision-Support, Open Software, Open Source

The Future of American Industry Depends on Open Source Tech

WHEN YOU STREAM the latest Netflix show, you fire up servers on Amazon Web Services, most of which run on Linux. When an F-16 fighter takes off, three Kubernetes clusters run to keep the jet’s software running. When you visit a website, any website, chances are it’s run on Node.js. These foundational technologies—Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js—and many others that silently permeate our lives have one thing in common: open source.

Open source is a technology development and distribution methodology, where the codebase and all development—from setting a roadmap to building new features, fixing bugs, and writing documentation—is done in public. A governing body (a group of hobbyists, a company, or a foundation) publicly manages this work, which is most often done in a public repository on either GitHub or GitLab.

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Article: Digital Data Helps Public Health Departments Keep Tabs on, Tackle the Flu

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Digital Data Helps Public Health Departments Keep Tabs on, Tackle the Flu

No one needs a reminder that this flu season was one of the worst in recent years. Preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control suggests it may have been worse than the 2009 season, when the swine flu pandemic strain swept the country.

The good news, however, is that digital data is helping researchers and public health organizations provide more timely predictions about the spread of the flu and assessments of seasons in progress. The advantage is that public health officials no longer have to wait for a Monday-morning quarterback approach to flu season, but can stay on top of its spread as it happens.

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