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Organizations that gather and store critical information have to protect it. While there are tried and true techniques for data protection, there are also new and innovative ones. These new practices and tools greatly enhance an organization's ability to protect mission-critical data. Linux and Open Source users are specially challenged when trying to take advantage of much of this new technology. We asked technology analyst Tom Petrocelli about what is new and interesting in data protection. Tom is president of Technology Alignment Partners (www.techalignment.com) and author of the new book Data Protection and Information Lifecycle Management. LWM: Where is data protection going? Are there changes underway in the way we protect mission-critical data? Tom Petrocelli: This is an exciting time for people involved in data protection, and not in the bad way that things... (more)

Linux Gains Momentum in Telecom

OSDL's Carrier Grade Linux working group is hard at work on an open source platform for the telecom industry. This article describes the goals, structure, and working groups of CGL; presents the CGL architecture; and provides an overview of the CGL 2.0 requirements. The Linux kernel does not meet telecom requirements in various areas, including reliability, security, and scalability. Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) has established the Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) working group to specify and help implement an open source platform targeted for the communication industry that is ... (more)

OSDL and Carrier Grade Linux: The Full Story

In previous LWM articles, we have discussed the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), Carrier Grade Linux (CGL), and the momentum Linux is gaining in telecom. We have also covered the current technological trend of companies moving away from proprietary technologies towards open and standardized platform components (hardware, operating system, and middleware). Telecom platforms have very stringent requirements related to availability, performance, security, and reliability. To help telecom platforms move away from proprietary operating systems, OSDL has created a working group, Car... (more)

OSDL's Data Center Linux

Data Center Linux (DCL), one of four OSDL initiatives, has the goal to accelerate Linux adoption in corporate data centers. DCL provides a center of gravity for developers, users, vendors, and the open source community to work together to improve Linux capabilities and feature requirements, accelerating the development and adoption of Linux in the data center. As is the case with the Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) initiative, many OSDL member companies, organizations, and individuals are involved with the DCL initiative with a special focus on services, databases, and DCL mission-cri... (more)

At Last, You Have Alternatives: Switch to Firefox and Thunderbird

Firefox and Thunderbird are Open Source products that are made available by the Mozilla Foundation. Open Source development lets anyone who wants to to examine the source code, or if they wish, to modify it. There are a number of advantages to Open Source development, including the fact that many people look at the code every day, which results in better responsiveness as bugs are uncovered. This dynamic development community is able to provide continual feedback to make the product better, paving the way for a better browsing and e-mail experience for everyone. We met with Marc... (more)