Article: 5 top open-source infrastructure projects

API, Open Infrastructure

5 top open-source infrastructure projects

Open source is at the heart of many technologies pushing enterprise infrastructure forward, and here are of the five most important. Open source software has been a key underpinning of enterprise IT for years, so it’s no surprise that it’s helping to drive the infrastructure part of the equation forward just as much as application development.

Some projects are much more influential than others, and here are five that are doing the most to help enterprise infrastructure keep pace with the demands of an ever-more sophisticated operating environment.

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Article: Top 6 Open-Source Networking Projects For a Cloud-Native World

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Top 6 Open-Source Networking Projects For a Cloud-Native World

With the ever-growing popularity and advantages of cloud and containers, organizations are increasingly adopting cloud-native applications and container-based infrastructure for running their business applications. To efficiently manage cloud infrastructure, networking tools play an important role. Having the right set of networking tools can help the network admin manage and operate the cloud-native apps.  Here are some open-source networking projects network administrators can use for their cloud-native worlds:

  1. Project Calico
  2. Cilium
  3. Envoy
  4. Jaeger
  5. Flannel
  6. Kuma

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Article: Open source cloud platforms and tools to consider

Open Software, Open Source

Open source cloud platforms and tools to consider

Many cloud strategies rely heavily on proprietary platforms and services. There’s no open source equivalent of a public cloud like AWS or Microsoft Azure, for instance, and it is unlikely that major public cloud vendors will open source their own services. However, there is a variety of open source cloud computing platforms, as well as tools, available.

Open source technologies provide more flexibility and less dependence on proprietary platforms, as well as cost savings. With open source, developers can inspect and modify the source code to fit their needs and requirements.

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Article: Open Source’s Strengths During A Global Crisis And How To Fully Leverage Them

Free, Libre, Open Software

Open Source’s Strengths During A Global Crisis And How To Fully Leverage Them

What do Airbnb, Dropbox, Pinterest, Square, Uber and Venmo have in common? First, all these dynamic digital brands got their start during the last global crisis, the Great Recession of the late 2000s. Second, open-source software is at the heart of what they do.

Flashback further to another time of upheaval, the post-9/11 downturn, and that’s when I saw Linux and other open-source software cross the chasm to acceptance as an enterprise-grade technology that would eventually power a countless array of today’s apps, devices and systems.

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Article: 7 Ways Open-Source Software Changed the World

History, Open Data

7 Ways Open-Source Software Changed the World

Whether you’re aware of it or not, open-source software has had an impact on the way you live your life. You may know of open source programs that are free to download and available for anyone to edit. But do you know how the term “open source” began?

The phrase comes from a movement in the late 90s to rebrand free software in a more ethically neutral way. Two men involved in this movement, Eric Raymond and Bruce Perens, founded the Open Source Initiative in 1998. This organization maintains an official definition of open source software and works to expand adoption of the concept.

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Article: Open source makes Dutch government cloud a reality

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Open source makes Dutch government cloud a reality

The Dutch government’s data centre in Groningen (ODC-Noord) is becoming the benchmark for all of the government’s cloud services. ODC-Noord combines the open source cloud infrastructure OpenStack with the open source storage platform Ceph. The resulting cloud service is proving enormously scalable, while keeping costs low. As a result, the list of government clients using ODC-Noord’s cloud services is growing rapidly.

ODC-Noord now has 18 central government customers, runs 1500 virtual machines, and manages 12 petabytes of storage over 400 nodes. Costs per storage node or per virtual machine in this government data centre are on a par with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and EMC² VMWare.

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