Encouraged by the uptake of open-source development and offerings, IBM outlined a roadmap for open-source development during a press conference at LinuxWorld in San Francisco on Tues., Aug. 15.
“Linux has had a very dramatic effect on customers,” says IBM’s Scott Handy, vice president Worldwide Linux and Open Source, and is “the fastest growing server operating system in the world.” Now the company wants to build an open-source business based on what it learned from Linux. To that end, Handy unveiled IBM’s development roadmap and business strategy for open source beyond Linux.
Eight open-source business opportunities were identified:
Client-side middleware -- Supporting the Eclipse Rich Client Platform project for hosting cross-platform applications. Development tools -- Built on Eclipse, a universal open-integration platform of frameworks and exemplary tools. Web Application Servers -- Based on Apache open-source projects like Geronimo. Data servers -- Building on the open-source Apache Derby and no-license fee IBM DB2 Express-C. Systems management -- Including open-source Aperi project. Open hardware architectures -- Community-driven collaborative innovation with Power.org and Blade.org. Grid computing -- Expanded support for Open Grid Services Architecture and the Globus Alliance. IBM Business Consulting and Technology Services -- Enabling customers to innovate with open-source-based solutions and development models.
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