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Open Source Hadoop Cloud Gets Commercial

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| Scaling systems on a distributed basis to handle petabytes of information is 
| no easy task, though it's one that the open source Apache Hadoop project 
| delivers for such big names as Facebook, Google and Yahoo.  


Open Enterprise Interview: Mike Olson, Cloudera

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| It's always hard to tell whether startups will flourish, but among the most 
| critical factors for survival are the skills of the management team. The fact 
| that less than three hours after I sent out some questions about Cloudera to 
| Mike Olson, one of the company's founders, I had the answers back would seem 
| to augur well in this respect.    
| Olson explains the background to the company, and to Hadoop, the software it 
| is based on: what it does, and why business might want to use it; he talks 
| about his company's services and business model, and why he thinks cloud 
| computing is neither a threat nor an opportunity for open source.    


Cloud Computing: Not Just Open Source, but *Like* Open Source

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| One of the many interesting replies that Cloudera's Mike Olson gave in his 
| Open Enterprise interview yesterday concerned whether cloud computing was a 
| threat or oportunity for open source. Here's what he said:  
| I think it's orthogonal. Cloud computing is about how you deliver software; 
| open source is about how you develop and distribute it. The big cloud players 
| are generally good citizens in the open source world, and open source 
| software powers the cloud companies and the Internet generally.   
| Nonetheless, one of the key issues is what is required to created truly 
| *open* cloud computing services. Open source software is just part of this: 
| portability of data stored in the cloud is also a key element. But there's 
| another vitally important aspect that I've not seen discussed much before.    


Free-floating ERP: SaaS-based, open-source enterprise apps sit on Amazon cloud

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| Compiere, a supplier of open-source, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based 
| business applications, says it has added the first full-scale ERP software 
| suite to the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud.   



Azure joins the “crash club”: down for 22 hours

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| Microsoft’s fledgling Azure Services platform, a beta offering that offers
| cloud computing services, suffered a 22 hour outage this weekend.


EUCALYPTUS: a Tree Growing in the Cloud

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| Most important for Linux Journal readers, “EUCALYPTUS is implemented using
| commonly available Linux tools and basic Web service technology making it
| easy to install and maintain”, they say.


Open Enterprise Interview: Mike Olson, Cloudera

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| MO: I started college at Berkeley in 1979. In 1980, I got a work-study job
| for the Computer Systems Research Group, which produced the Berkeley Software
| Distribution -- what most people call "Berkeley Unix". I worked for Bill Joy
| and Bob Fabry on that project (and the guy in the next office was a kind of
| geeky grad student named Eric Schmidt...).
| I dropped out for a few years in 1982 and returned to Berkeley as an
| undergrad in 1988. I got a job working for Mike Stonebraker on the Postgres
| project, where I was one of the key developers. I got my BA in 1991, MSc in
| 1992 and left grad school in 1993 to join Stonebraker's Postgres startup,
| Illustra. One of the last things I did at Berkeley was to write, with Margo
| Seltzer, an embedded database engine called Berkeley DB.


Zmanda Cloud Backup : Open Source Disaster Recovery Solution

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| Zmanda Cloud Backup is a cost-effective backup and disaster recovery solution
| for SMBs. Because putting together a comprehensive data protection strategy
| can be difficult for midmarket companies, the company positions Zmanda Cloud
| Backup (ZCB) has simplified the process.


Bottling the Magic Behind Google and Facebook

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| Hadoop is the open-source version of the file system and MapReduce technology
| developed by Google. Google has used such software to rewire its entire
| search index, making it possible for the company to run ever-faster searches
| on cheap servers and to ask questions of its vast data stores and receive
| coherent answers.


Ballmer Still Searching for an Answer to Google

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| "Forty percent of servers run Windows, 60 percent run Linux," he said. "How
| are we doing? Forty is less than 60, so I don't like it. ... We have some
| work to do."

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