Tag Archives: open source

Reducing Integration Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

If you run IBM WebSphere ESB or Oracle SOA Suite, you can reduce your Integration Total Cost of Ownership by choosing an alternative with a significantly better value proposition.  Red Hat Fuse or WSO2 ESB will save your project sponsor millions of dollars over a three year period (see summary table below).

By decreasing spend on integration middleware, you may free up enough capital to invest in mobile, API management, or analytics without increasing IT spend.

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Apache Stratos brings Cloud-Native PaaS to Apache

WSO2 has proposed the Apache Stratos project at the Apache Foundation.

Apache Foundation

Apache Stratos will be a polyglot PaaS framework, providing developers a cloud-native environment for developing, testing, and running scalable applications.  With Apache Stratos, IT providers will gain high utilization rates, automated resource management, and platform-wide insight including monitoring and billing.

Apache is the obvious choice for a project that already embodies Apache values and is driven by developers who are committers on many other Apache projects.  By donating the project to Apache, WSO2 desires to attract open community members from the following constituencies:

  • Organizations adopting Private PaaS deployment within an enterprise and accelerating enterprise application deployment.
  • PaaS providers relying on a PaaS framework to build a PaaS that is customized to their particular vertical industry, ecosystem, or internal development processes.
  • SaaS providers requiring a widely-deployed and supported elastic, multi-tenant Cloud-native platform.
  • ISPs offering hosted application services with higher resource utilization capabilities than provided by IaaS layers.
  • IaaS vendors providing higher-level PaaS services to their customers.
  • Analytics, data, integration, and application server vendors adding cloud capabilities to their products through Stratos Cartridges.

The proposed committer list includes individuals from SUSE, Citrix, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), Sungard, and EngineYard.   Join the Apache Stratos community, participate in extending the 100% Open Source PaaS framework, and create a Cloud-Native fabric.

Apache Stratos

Figure 1.0: Apache Stratos Architecture

Recommended Reading

Apache Stratos Proposal

WSO2 Stratos Product Page




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Open Source Business Conference Impressions

At Open Source Business Conference 2013, conversations on innovation, disruption, and open source leadership dominated the sessions.  The conference chair, Matt Assay, crafted a program where each presentation and conversation reinforced how traditional business strategies are being disrupted by new market dynamics.   The dynamics are shifting power away from closed, proprietary corporate leadership towards open collaboration and user-led innovation.  The shift is disrupting traditional business strategies, IT operation practices, and market dominance.


Open Source startups (e.g. HortonWorks, 10gen, Appcelerator, GitHub, Netflix, SUSE, and WSO2) are leading their respective technology domains by encouraging open collaboration, micro-iterations, and user-led innovation.

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Open Source Community Participation

I wonder why more open source users do not actively participate in the open source community and become committers or contributors.  My open source participation led to a cost efficient and adaptable infrastructure for my company, and useful trade experience skills on my resume.  My open source contributions established a professional network of mentors and improved my understanding of the project.   Becoming an open source committer enhanced by personal brand, increased business opportunities, and filled important open source project gaps.

Interacting with open source community committers and recommending source code hacks is a valuable experience.   During 2001-2003, I had the opportunity to interact with many hard-core, professional open source luminaries (e.g. Sam Ruby, James Snell, Glenn Daniels, Dims, Steve Loughran, and Sanjiva Weerawarana) across multiple organizations while participating in the Apache Axis project.  I watched the distributed Axis team advance the project via IRC, code check-ins, and mailing list interactions.  After understanding the project’s capabilities and roadmap (by writing many sample code service clients and providers), I gained the knowledge to start directly hacking the source code and contributing useful extensions.   My everlasting thanks to Glenn Daniels for nominating me to be a committer!  The open source community and committer experience established my open source street creds, raised my personal brand,  led to presenting from the OSCON stage (and others), and helped build my consulting business.

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Free API Management with limits, or Freely Open API Management

The technorati and press are touting Apigee’s recent announcement, which declares a free API management offering.   The Apigee announcement does offer significant end-user value, unless you want to run the API management infrastructure on-premise, or reach critical business mass.

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Built on Apache Open Source Foundation

WSO2 Carbon application platform is built on a solid Apache Open Source Foundation.  Apache Open Source delivers innovative components and an extensive ecosystem of developers, educational resources, and committers.  Apache projects often surpass proprietary platform vendor offerings, and lead Apache project sponsors (e.g. Google, Twitter, Yahoo, Huawei, AMD) run their Internet scale business on open source project code.

When development teams adopt Apache open source projects, the teams undertake a challenging platform development task list:

  • Integrate Apache projects into the application platform
  • Synchronize project dependencies and versions
  • Maintain build repository and configuration scripts
  • Patch project codebase to fix defects
  • Upgrade projects and obtain new features

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Value Openness

I have recently met a few individuals who do not ascribe positive value to open source.   I had thought the open software versus closed software argument was decided circa 2005.   Unfortunately, a few renegade individuals are holding out, and believe in the goodness of autocratic companies who operate without transparency.   It took me awhile to dig into the bias and understand the root concern; an organizational need for competent technical support, high usability, and a viable roadmap.   Corporate sponsored open source solves these concerns.

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