Open Source Pervades Enterprise at Demo

 
 
By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2006-02-07
 
 
 
PHOENIX—After kicking things off with a robotic dinosaur and car computing solutions, the Demo conference got down to business by bringing a range of enterprise solutions to the stage the afternoon of Feb. 7.

Persystent Technologies debuted Persystent Enterprise, a support tool that automatically repairs desktops. Combining policies with self-repair technologies, Persystent Enterprise is intended to allow organizations to lower support costs and reduces help desk calls by ensuring that a client machine has not been altered.

As a computer boots, Persystent Enterprise scans its configuration to check that nothing unauthorized has been changed or installed. The software does not need a healthy operating system to boot a machine. IT managers can also use a Web-based GUI to set policies for what applications are able to access.

Programmers will want check out Krugle, a search engine for open-source code and technical content that made its debut here at Demo. Due to open source and Web services, programmers are increasingly finding and assembling code rather than writing it from scratch.

Dubbed the Google for programming code, Krugle focuses its searches on very technical sites in an attempt to provide programmers with the search tools necessary to find code in a more efficient manner.

Click here to read more about how Krugle searches for code.

LogLogic lifted the wraps off LogLogic 3 r2, an appliance-based log management solution. LogLogic 3 allows IT managers to monitor user activity, including e-mail. The company also launched the LogLogic Compliance Suite, which allows organizations to validate log data from enterprise applications to meet requirements dictated by regulations such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).

Read more here about the themes at Demo 2006, including service-based computing.

Making integration easier was the aim of Jitterbit, which unveiled Jitterbit Open Edition, an integration platform built on open source.

While integration is often complex and expensive, and requires developers, Open Edition provides organizations with an easy way to design, configure, test and deploy integration solutions with "drag and drop" functionality. The suite can be run on Linux or Windows and supports standards-based protocols such as SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) and XML.

Avokia introduced ApLive, a Linux-based product that provides redundancy and backup to mission critical applications by clustering, replicating and load balancing databases that can be geographically dispersed. While Oracles RAC (Real Application Clusters) provides a similar functionality, ApLive can be used with servers between sites.

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