Speaker's notes capitalizing on Bull’s industrial infrastructure, and offering customers a highly transparent, interactive approach
Speaker's notes : Today, it is less necessary to defend Open Source than before. To choose Open Source, it's a strategical choice : you choose to invest in brain instead in licences. We will see that there are alternative to (more less) all proprietary solutions.
Speaker's notes : Often, at the start of an Open Source project, there is the need from some people. The need to have a particular solution, an answer to a precise need. The first developments are done as hobby, after the day work, when Madam is visiting her mother, ... Afterwards, when the success is need (wanted or unwanted), the community get wider and wider, the roles inside her become more formal. Methodologies for Project Management and various procedure are put in place. Sometimes, some commercial companies who found the project interesting hire people with only job to participate into the development of his project. The purpose being to participate to the perennity of the project and to grab more know-how about the project for its own use And finally it can be that a part of the developers create a commercial company to sell services (support, integration) around this solution and continue to extend it. Howeve, nowadays, since their birth, some Open Source projects are created by a commercial company, made for this simple goal.
Speaker's notes : To obtain the same level of performances (let's say transactions per second) for the same application but on two different architectures, the investment for an Intel infrastructure is far less than the investment for RISC, SPARC or other able to achieve the same level of performances.
Speaker's notes For some projects (like ERP or SOA) you will need to have tailor-made developments, so why not to cut the cost at the early beginning and start with solutions like CompiereERP or ServiceMix that don't cost a cent in licences. Usually, the free versions of the commercial Open Source solutions have less features. But there are still viable and usable as-is. The features you get when you bought the commercial version generally address a particular need. For instance, in the case of Mail Server solution, when you pay, you get an Outlook connector. If you don't pay, you can still use any client using standard protocol like POP, IMAP or HTTP.
Speaker's Notes : It's more about control of your internal systems, schedules, and business processes. It's about the ability to patch specific annoyances and/or bugs and to prevent yourself from being locked in to the vendor's schedule for doing so. It's a very big deal !
Speaker's Notes Bull capitalizes on his industrial infrastructure, and offers customers a highly transparent, interactive approach. The Bull SOA platform is a unified framework for building, integrating and deploying distributed applications consisting of Open Source middleware products, supported and enhanced by Bull Bull's NovaForge is an internal tool used by Bull to capitalize on other Open Source development and to create a collaborative community of Open Source developers within the whole group. It's similar to the well-know SourceForge site.
Speaker's notes Taken from an interview of Boris Auché, Head of Bull's Open Source Solution Group
Access to the best in Open Source skills and support
Large-scale, professional support infrastructure
Capacity to provide on-going third-party application support
Measurement tools and performance guarantees
Migrate from proprietary to Open Source
Help shifting to Open Source
Bull's model Web proxy URL filtering (Squid ClamAV) Mail & Calendar File & Print server (Samba) Application Server (Jonas) Linux & Windows clients Authentication mechanisms (LDAP, Samba DC) Database(s) (OpenLDAP, PostgreSQL) User databases synchronization agent (developments if more than one user DB) Remote administration (Browser or not based) (SSH, Webmin & developments ) Network and Application Monitoring Alarming and Log analyse (Nagios & developpements) Intrution detection & Firewall (SNORT - Iptables) Presentation and securisation layer (Apache, Tomcat, PHP) J2EE Applications (EDMS, Portal, ...) Standalone web applications Express5800, Novascale and Escala VmWare or other vitualization software (XEN, IBM, Virtuozzo) Linux and AIX