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Oracle Supports OpenStack: Lip Service Or Real Commitment?
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Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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12/13/2013 | 12:07:34 PM
Oracle, Open Source Culture Clash?
Oracle's corporate culture and the open source movement's culture present a stark contrast. Is Oracle starting a relationship with OpenStack that will be meaningful to customers, or is it just a means to avoid sales disaster? Tell us what you think.
Lorna Garey
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12/13/2013 | 1:07:58 PM
Prime swampland
If anyone believes this is anything but a PR move for Oracle, Larry has a nice island to sell you ... oh, wait, he does have an island. And he didn't get it by embracing open source.
cbabcock
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cbabcock,
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12/13/2013 | 3:30:07 PM
Oracle inside OpenStack, what's not to like?
Oracle has a poor reputation with open source developers, one that's richly deserved. If it's not in its own direct interest, it doesn't contribute. Oracle does produce code effectively for the Linux kernel under Wim Coekerts,. but, when Oracle wanted to turn away from Red Hat, its customers balked, wanting to continue to use Enterprise Linux, Oracle repackaged a RHEL knock off and called it Oracle Linux, hoping to undercut Red Hat's revenue. It choked off open source independence for Solaris, hobbled the Java Development Community and ended independence for MySQL. Oracle paid the former owners for the right to do this to their products; let's not labor under any illusions. But possession of open source and participation in the community that builds out the code are two different things. 
comay
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comay,
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12/15/2013 | 1:53:42 AM
Re: Oracle, Open Source Culture Clash?

I can't speak for all of Oracle but from the Oracle Solaris side, once the paperwork is complete we plan to be contribute our OpenStack Nova, Neutron and Cinder drivers along with bug fixes, code reviews and just be good, contributing community members.

As for the why, the answer is pretty simple. Solaris has a number of unique features in terms of file systems (like ZFS), virtualization (Zones combined with fine grained resource management), in-production dynamic tracing across the stack (DTrace), compreshensive fault management (FMA for hardware, SMF for software), network virtualization (Crossbow), safe software lifecycle (boot environments coupled with IPS), etc, etc. The infrastructure there makes ideal building blocks for building up IaaS on x86 or SPARC based systems.
Stratustician
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Stratustician,
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12/15/2013 | 8:42:50 PM
Behold, the power of OpenStack
Is it just me, or is it really interesting to see how much power OpenStack is building in relation to influencing the market.  When you think about the main platforms that generally comprised the bulk of cloud services, Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and VMware, the fact that OpenStack is really forcing its way into the marketplace as a strong contender.  My main concern is that since OpenStack is still a newer platform, are there really the right security controls and tools available to manage these environments?
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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12/15/2013 | 10:15:37 PM
Re: Behold, the power of OpenStack
This is a really good question - are all these security concerns addressed properly by OpenStack framework or the proprietary solution is needed from each vendor? Now it seems that the traditional IT giant like Oracle started to embrace open-source technology but I believe there is still long way to go before it prevails - to sale the product to enterprise, you need to get all concerns from IT head addressed properly.


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