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AlienVault's Barmak Meftah: Time to Put Hackers on the Defensive
September 24, 2013
As CEO of AlienVault, Barmak Meftah faces enemies every day who play out their attacks from faraway lands using seemingly unbeatable weapons. One of the weapons AlienVault uses with the support of the open source community is a global report called the Open Threat Exchange that tracks threats to computer networks. The results make it possible to identify trouble spots and take corrective action.
Treasure Data's Hiro Yoshikawa: Taking the Open Road With Big Data
September 10, 2013
Businesses and government agencies are in a race to gather, quantify and clarify an ever-increasing stream of data. Housing the bits and pieces of their digital treasures can be just as much of a problem as deciding whether to trust traditional relational platforms or adopt more flexible databases designed to handle unstructured data.
Someone to Watch Over You: London's Recycling-Bin Spies
August 31, 2013
In June, Renew London equipped a dozen recycling bins in England's capital city with technology to track people's smartphones as they milled about the city. The devices went largely unnoticed until the appearance of an August article entitled, "This recycling bin is following you." The piece set off a bit of a media storm as people realized their every move was suddenly capable of being scrutinized and stored away.
Nexenta's Lockareff and Powell: Software-Only Storage for Everyone
August 27, 2013
In the cloud storage competition for customers, a battle is raging over innovative software-only storage systems and wannabe innovators still hawking yesteryear's legacy hardware solutions. Dollars and performance are the battlefield stakes. Nexenta, an open source provider of software-defined storage solutions, is waging the fight with its flagship software-only platform, NexentaStor.
Why Oslo Is Off-Limits to Apple's Aerial Photographers
August 22, 2013
Apple's taken plenty of flak for its mapping system, and some of it is well-deserved. After all, the maps have erroneously led drivers into the middle of nowhere and shown buildings that appear as though they're melting. Don't blame Apple if its images of Oslo, Norway, aren't crystal-clear, however. That one's not on Apple. Norway has denied Apple the license required to take aerial photos of Oslo.
Tokutek's John Partridge: Open Source Is Vested in Big Data
August 20, 2013
Ask Tokutek CEO John Partridge what makes open source such a snug fit for the database industry and for Big Data, and he'll tell you it is the decision-making by engineers that use open source. "For people who for whatever reason really need to access the latest technology, most purchasing decisions today are made by very capable engineers," Partridge said.
Legal Piracy: Antigua's Desperate, Fearless Ultimatum
August 17, 2013
About six years ago, the World Trade Organization sided with the itty-bitty Caribbean island of Antigua on its claim that the United States' ban on overseas remote gaming violated international trade agreements. The WTO upheld its ruling last winter, confirming once and for all that the island could suspend its obligations to certain U.S. intellectual property rights.
Coraid's Suda Srinivasan: Public Cloud vs. Private vs. Having It All
August 12, 2013
Cloud storage technologies and Big Data are driving rapid industry growth. Cloud storage developed around three models: Infrastructure as a Service; Platform as a Service; and Software as a Service. Merging with these cloud service models are technologies providing cloud computing space and backup services. Don't forget to factor in options such as public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud.
Cloudera's Mike Olson: Hadoop vs. Closed Source Is Not a Fair Fight
August 06, 2013
For many database practitioners, Hadoop is turning the tables on the relational database model. The rise of Big Data is driving what some see as a much-needed change in the platforms that process the massive infusions of aggregated raw data. Take for example, Cloudera founder and Chief Strategy Officer Mike Olson. His open source company harnesses Apache Hadoop-based software and services.
Porn, the UK and Search Engines' 'Moral Duty'
August 03, 2013
Britain's crusade against online pornography has ramped up. Prime Minister David Cameron recently gave a speech saying the pornography was "corroding childhood" and declared that every household in the UK should have pornography blocked by Internet service providers -- unless, that is, the homeowners specifically opt in to pornographic content.
Couchbase's Bob Wiederhold: Riding High on Big Data With NoSQL
July 30, 2013
NoSQL might well be called "the little database engine that could." It is quietly proving it is on track as Big Data transitions to cloud-based data storage and management. NoSQL is increasingly considered a viable alternative to relational databases, but it is still a relatively small category in a growing world of database technologies.
Shutterstock's Chris Fischer: Making the Most of Open Source's 'Huge Tech Edge'
July 23, 2013
Shutterstock has a nearly insatiable appetite for data storage. From its inception, the company -- a global provider of licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations and videos -- refused to pay higher prices just to stuff its storage needs into somebody else's cloud. Instead, the almost 10-year-old operation built its own server farm and created its own cloud software system at home.
How the US-French Connection Became a Digital Divide
July 20, 2013
Earlier this week, reports surfaced that the United States had thwarted France's plans to propose new international tax regulations targeting digital companies like Google and Amazon. This podcast examines France's philosophy toward tech giants and discusses whether or not France's annoyance with U.S. tech companies has anything to do with the fact that they are, well, from the U.S.
BoxTone's Brian Reed: Securing Android for the Enterprise
July 16, 2013
BoxTone's enterprise mobility management platform is designed to bring Android security up to levels better-suited to the rigors of the business workforce, but in making Android enterprise-hardened, the company left Android's open source trappings intact. As part of that EMM platform, BoxTone delivers its service in three categories of functionality.
Kaltura's Zohar Babin: Video Power to the People
July 09, 2013
In a world of mostly proprietary video platform developers, success for an open source startup requires very sharp cutting-edge technology. For Kaltura, part of the secret has been making sure that competitive edge is never dulled by settling for being just good enough. Adding a dual-license option often makes the difference between a free download and real sale.
Concurrent's Chris Wensel: The Open Source Path Is a Rocky Road
July 02, 2013
Big Data and open source software may be the next great unholy alliance in computing's current promised land, but open source is a broken business model that needs a better vehicle for supporting projects such as programming suites that build database applications. So argues Chris Wensel, founder and CTO of Concurrent. Wensel started the company in 2008 to focus on the open-source Cascading Project.
Everybody Loves Data Protection
July 02, 2013
In early June, the EU agreed to a "business-friendly" privacy proposal, but that did nothing to stop the privacy debate in Europe. Since then, a federal court in Germany held Google liable for autocomplete suggestions; France threatened to fine Google unless it changed its ways; and an advisor to the European court of Justice allowed Google to keep sensitive information in its search index.
EnterpriseDB's Ed Boyajian: Pinching Pennies the Open Source Way
June 25, 2013
Does it make good business sense to migrate corporate database software from costly proprietary platforms to free open source solutions or low-cost commercial open source replacements? The answer is a no-brainer, said EnterpriseDB CEO Ed Boyajian. Founded in 2004, EnterpriseDB began on a quest to disrupt the database stranglehold of proprietary database products.
Zenoss' Alan Conley: Doing the Dynamic Infrastructure Dance
June 18, 2013
A thin line between traditional IT monitoring and management services and monitoring real-time operations divides what Zenoss offers its customers and what other vendors provide. The IT monitoring space is becoming more crowded with proprietary and open source software solutions. Zenoss, according to Chief Technology Officer Alan Conley, offers a uniform platform that extends its reach.
Weighing the Importance of Google's Waze Win
June 18, 2013
After months of courtship, social navigation app Waze ultimately chose to partner -- for $1 billion-plus -- with Google, rejecting Facebook and Apple. The price tag shows how valuable Waze has become, and that's to say nothing of the overtures it received from the world's tech giants. "I think what's really surprising is that Facebook allowed the deal to die," said tech correspondent David Shamah.
Gentoo Creator Daniel Robbins: Making Linux Free and Flexible
June 11, 2013
Open source software is a passion for some and a business for others. Daniel Robbins was driven by a need to make Linux better than he found it. Robbins created two Linux distros: Gentoo and Funtoo. He created Gentoo Linux during his time as a systems administrator. Funtoo, meanwhile, is a project that Robbins created to extend the technologies for Gentoo.
Neo Technology's Emil Eifrem: 'Cloud Is the New Open Source'
May 21, 2013
Graphs are everywhere. You find them on websites adding social capabilities. Telecommunications companies use graphs to personalize customer services. Innovative bioinformatics researchers, and other organizations are adopting graph databases to model and query connected data. Neo Technology has pioneered graph databases since 2000.
Sauce Labs' Jason Huggins: App Testing Is for the (Angry) Birds
May 14, 2013
Jason Huggins took Web browser and website testing to new levels. Pushed by several Aha! moments, he recognized a pressing need for automation in applications testing. He also discovered that no existing proprietary software provided cross-platform features. What did not exist in a marketable box, Huggins built as an out-of-the-box open source solution using the Selenium software he created.
Pre-Roll Ads Will Soon Know Where You've Shopped Online
May 08, 2013
Pre-roll video ads are about to get smarter, according to OwnerIQ, a digital advertising company that is adding targeting data based on consumer browser behavior to online video ads. The new targeting capabilities borrow from tactics developed for display advertising that try to zero in on a prequalified audience.

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