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The combined notions of open source and the ‘community contribution' model of collaborative software application development are, of course, not new. The history of open source is actually traced back to early software exchanges between universities driven by academic principles of knowledge sharing in the 1960s. Sometime afterwards (August 25, 1991), Finnish computer scientist Linus Torvalds created Linux... and the rest is history. But this is not a history lesson; this is an examination of current realities. Formalization and codification We now have a variety of established frameworks and bodies dedicated to the higher-level formalization and codification of open source. Names such as The Apache Foundation's Hadoop, OpenStack and The Linux Foundation sit alongside Docker, Drupal and OpenDaylight in a world where these brands are as respected as any previously pro... (more)

How Can CIOs Cut Through the Poppycock and Bunkum?

This post is sponsored by The Business Value Exchange and HP Enterprise Services First and by way of clarification - as all fans of archaic English colloquial language will know, ‘poppycock and bunkum' are appealing euphemisms for a useful four letter word starting with C that rhymes with clap. Nuances of language out of the way so that we all know what we're talking about, there are (more than ever) an increasingly bewildering set of terms used today to describe our state of enterprise IT. How long have we been talking about converged clouds, Big Data analytics, new mobility c... (more)

Happiness Is… a Handhold on Hadoop

This post is sponsored by The Business Value Exchange and HP Enterprise Services As we know, the subject of Big Data and the ‘space race' to produce software application development functions that will enable us to extract insight and (therefore) value from the Big Data mountain remains one of the most discussed issues in information technology today. Increasingly prevalent and popular, if not quite as ‘predominant' as some would have us believe, in this arena is Apache Hadoop. This software library is a framework that allows for the distributed processing of large data sets ac... (more)

Does Big Data Need an HPC Boost?

This post is sponsored by The Business Value Exchange and HP Enterprise Services When should High-Performance Computing (HPC) be considered an integral and essential part of the so-called ‘business transformation' process? This is not a question often posed. We normally center our fascination with the business transformation process around any given firm's path toward secure (but productive) enterprise mobile computing, Big Data analytics, cloud computing flexibility and new age workflow constructs that embrace social media and online intercommunication. But how about plain old ... (more)

Planet @Hadoop By @ABridgwater | @BigDataExpo [#BigData]

What Kinds of People Live on Planet Hadoop? Labor market analytics firm Wanted Analytics recently assessed the market for technology professionals and found that demand for people with proficient levels of Hadoop expertise had skyrocketed by around 33% since last year - it is true, Hadoop is hard technology to master and the labor market is not exactly flooded with an over-abundance of skilled practitioners. Hadoop has been called a foundational technology, rather than ‘just' a database by some commentators - this almost pushes it towards being an ‘environment' rather than it bei... (more)