Stacks Facilitate Open Source

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2005-04-11 Print this article Print

Spikesource Inc., which provides open-source IT services, has developed a solution to address the lack of uniform integration, certification, testing and support for open-source software.

Spikesource Inc., which provides open-source IT services, has developed a solution to address the lack of uniform integration, certification, testing and support for open-source software.

SpikeSource used the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco last week to announce the production availability of seven preconfigured SpikeSource Core Stacks, as well as the companys related customer subscription service, which provides updates for certified open-source stacks.

SpikeSource also launched its ISV and open-source developer programs, which include an ISV testing and certification service.

The seven stacks incorporate 63 open-source components running on six platforms, including Red Hat Inc.s Red Hat Linux and Novell Inc.s SuSE Linux, as well as Windows. Planned are support for Solaris and for more Linux distributions.

The stacks also support six programming languages and associated services. The betas for the stacks are available for free download.

"We want to provide [enterprises] choice and flexibility across the operating system, the database, the application server and other categories," said Kim Polese, CEO of SpikeSource, based in Redwood City, Calif.

SpikeSource has already landed one enterprise client, investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, which is working with SpikeSource to support its testing and deployment of new and existing applications.

"Platform independence is fundamental to our open-source strategy, and SpikeSource is an important part of helping us achieve that," said J.P. Rangaswami, global CIO at Dresdner, based in Frankfurt, Germany. "The SpikeSource solution enables our engineering teams to focus on client-facing initiatives with the confidence that the banks environments have been tested and certified and are free of interoperability issues."

Each of the seven stacks has been tested and validated and includes add-on features that have been designed for faster implementation and easy application management. These core stacks have been in development for more than a year and have been available in open public beta since December. SpikeSource will offer four levels of technical support.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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