Open-source software has gone from being esoteric technology to the center of enterprise IT infrastructure, Eric Knorr writes. "Hadoop is at the center of the Big Data trend. OpenStack has the momentum in private cloud. Open source frameworks and IDEs absolutely dominate app dev, while all the leading NoSQL databases are open source," he writes. Open source has become so critical that it's being fought over by VMware, IBM and other big vendors, Knorr writes.
Microsoft says it has bought cloud-monitoring startup MetricsHub. Windows Azure customers will get a free version of MetricsHub's Active Cloud Monitoring service. MetricsHub had been a participant in Microsoft's Accelerator mentoring program.
The growth of the Ethernet switch market will continue even amid decreased public-sector IT spending and a weak European market, Infonetics predicts. The big drivers are 10G adoption, data-center growth, server virtualization, video demand and mobility, Infonetics and IDC say. "While growth in the Ethernet switch market will largely come from 10GbE and 40GbE in the coming years, it is encouraging to note that the market for Gigabit Ethernet is holding its own, largely in campus, aggregation and network edge deployments," IDC's Rohit Mehra said in a statement.
Research firm Gartner asserts in a new report that the OpenStack open-source cloud computing effort is a commercial endeavor that has little vendor support despite hype about its capabilities. Supporters don't agree with that assessment, saying OpenStack is still in its infancy. "We're early on in this technology shift," rebuts Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation.
AT&T is supporting the OpenStack open-source cloud platform in a move that lends major-league credibility to the project, according to OpenStack leaders. AT&T has also built cloud services, called Cloud Architect, for mobile developers as part of its quest to be a cloud-services provider for big and small enterprises.