The beauty of open source software is that anyone can download the code and then install, configure and use it. The challenge is doing so in a production environment at scale. That’s what communications service providers (CSPs) face as they build out platforms at scale to operate cloud environments that serve millions of users. These cloud platforms include compute, networking and storage hardware as well as software to automate, manage, monitor and secure the platform.
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Why do salmon swim upstream? Scientists have deduced that if the riverbed was a good place for them to start, it will suffice for their offspring. Thus they spawn and their offspring return to the ocean to feed. But what if some of the fish, en route to the sea, took a tributary at a fork in the river? They might get lost, fail to reach the ocean and perhaps starve or exhaust themselves trying to find the original route. Developing software using open source principles follows a similar theory.
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When it comes to hardware and software, single-vendor, proprietary solutions are fewer and farther between. Now more and more companies are moving to best-of-breed models with the hopes of modernizing their IT infrastructure and reducing costs. In response, the industry has responded with “open” solutions designed to be interoperable. But what does open mean, and how is it different from open source? In an article I wrote, posted recently by IDG Connect, I explain some of the important differences.
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ICT and telco companies are increasingly evaluating open source technology as they consider recasting their infrastructures to cloud, software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). For some, the transformation has begun, but others are just getting started. We shared some of the basics of building a telco cloud using open source software in one of our Red Hat webinars. Want to know what they are? Read on.
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Just yesterday, at the Open Networking Summit 2016 hosted by the Linux Foundation, Red Hat was in the exhibit hall with a demonstration of a highly available OpenDaylight (ODL) platform running on OpenStack. ODL, by the way, is an open source, modular software-defined networking (SDN) platform for networks of any size and scale and is a collaborative project of the Linux Foundation. Lucky me—I got to see first-hand the demo as well as the conference—and wanted to share with you all some of the highlights from the Summit.
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Are you looking to modernize your platform and reduce costs by adopting open source software? Are you intrigued by the network functions virtualization (NFV) revolution? Tune in to our March 17 webinar to learn how to how to build a complete cloud, from storage and operating system to cloud platform and cloud management, on open source software.
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Suppose you could watch a cable TV channel from any provider of your choice and not be locked-in to only the channel selection from your provider’s set-top box. For example, imagine you can watch cable channels using your Apple TV. The result would be you have more choice of home entertainment and you wouldn’t have to pay a higher price just to rent the cable provider’s set-top box.
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Turn on the faucet (tap) and you expect water to flow evenly, not sputter. Turn on the light switch and you expect the light to shine, not flicker. Pick up the phone and you expect dial-tone and the ability to dial a number and hear the other person, not silence. This creates a consumer expectation of “always available.”
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