Press Release: ActiveState Reveals 5 Advantages Leveraging Open Source Technologies for Enterprise App Development

Cost, Community and Innovation Among Key Reasons for Organizations to Engage with Open Source Technologies

Submitted by samanthas on Wed, 2015-07-22 11:00

VANCOUVER, British ColumbiaJuly 22, 2015 – The IT world is quickly shifting to the “Third Platform,” which IDC has coined as the confluence of social, mobile, analytics (big data) and cloud as the foundation for next generation IT. When it comes to staying competitive in the Third Platform world, open source will be a requirement, not an option. ActiveState today shared the top advantages of leveraging open source technologies in enterprise application development. To learn more about the Third Platform and how to enable the future of applications, please visit:www.stackato.com/vision

The use of open source has gained the attention of large enterprises, whose IT departments have a large and growing commitment to open source products. Open source advantages include:

  • Greater transparency: Source code and design deliberations are available for review, in contrast to the secretive processes of proprietary vendors. Assessment of the product and engagement with its community is available in order to determine if using the product is a good decision.
  • Greater innovation: Using a product with a potentially much larger developer base enables access to greater innovation. In addition, by allowing anyone to contribute code, an open source product can incorporate unusual use cases, which might be otherwise ignored.
  • Greater ability to affect product direction: With open source, direct interaction with developers is possible to present use cases, meaning code could be contributed that implements a desired functionality.
  • Lower cost: Because open source is distributed under an expansive license, it is typically much more affordable than proprietary-licensed software, enabling organizations to focus their investment in areas more directly tied to business value.
  • Better match for today’s enterprise IT requirements: Third Platform applications are more highly scaled and subject to much greater load variability. Open source licensing is more conducive to this highly changeable application environment as compared to proprietary software, which typically requires a high licensing fee for each server.
Bart Copeland, President and CEO, ActiveState, said:
“The nature of enterprise IT is rapidly evolving and open source is changing the game. Companies are quickly realizing that in order to succeed, they must empower themselves with the right processes, tools and culture. This is where open source is a major benefit. Once considered the domain of small businesses and start-ups, open source software offers greater transparency, innovation and opportunity to affect product direction. As this adoption increases, open source skills will become critically important, not just for using open source wisely but for attracting the talent necessary to compete in a Third Platform world.”

About ActiveState: 
ActiveState believes that enterprises gain a competitive advantage when they are able to quickly create, deploy and efficiently manage software solutions that immediately create business value, but they face many challenges that prevent them from doing so. The Company is uniquely positioned to help address these challenges through our experience with enterprises, people and technology. ActiveState is proven for the enterprise: more than two million developers and 97 percent of Fortune 1000 companies use ActiveState’s solutions to develop, distribute, and manage their software applications written in Java, Perl, Python, Node.js, PHP, Tcl and other dynamic languages. Global customers like Cisco, CA, HP, Bank of America, Siemens and Lockheed Martin trust ActiveState to save time, save money, minimize risk, ensure compliance and reduce time to market. To learn more, visit ActiveState.com.

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Samantha Singh
ActiveState Software Inc.
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samanthas [at] activestate.com
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CoreOS Announces Integration With Google’s Kubernetes To Signal Emergence Of Container Standard, Independent Of Docker

CoreOS has announced that its rkt (pronounced: rocket) container technology will be integrated with Google’s Kubernetes container management framework. The integration of CoreOS rocket technology with Kubernetes means that the Kubernetes framework need not leverage Docker containers, but can instead rely solely on CoreOS Linux container technology. CoreOS’s rkt technology consists of container runtime software that implements appc, the App container specification designed to provide a standard for containers based around requirements related to composability, security, image distribution and openness. CoreOS launched rocket on the premise that Docker containers had strayed from its original manifesto of developing “a simple component, a composable unit, that could be used in a variety of systems” as noted by CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi in a December 2014 blog post:

Unfortunately, a simple re-usable component is not how things are playing out. Docker now is building tools for launching cloud servers, systems for clustering, and a wide range of functions: building images, running images, uploading, downloading, and eventually even overlay networking, all compiled into one monolithic binary running primarily as root on your server. The standard container manifesto was removed. We should stop talking about Docker containers, and start talking about the Docker Platform. It is not becoming the simple composable building block we had envisioned.

Here, Polvi notes how Docker has transitioned from an initiative focused around creating reusable components to a platform whose mission has deviated from its original manifesto. Today’s announcement of the integration of CoreOS with Kubernetes represents a deepening of the relationship between CoreOS and Google that recently included a $12M funding round led by Google Ventures. While CoreOS previously supported Kubernetes, today’s announcement of its integration into Google’s container management framework represents a clear sign that the battle for container supremacy is now likely to begin in earnest, particularly given that CoreOS brands itself as enabling other technology companies to build Google-like infrastructures. With Google’s wind behind its sails, and executives from Google, Red Hat and Twitter having joined the App container specification community management team, Docker now confronts a real challenger to its supremacy within the container space. Moreover, Google, VMware, Red Hat and Apcera have all pledged support for appc in ways that suggest an alternative standard that defines “how applications can be packaged, distributed, and executed in a portable and self-contained way” may well be emerging.