10 Open Source Server Technologies You Need to Know
February 18, 2010
OpenSolaris is the x86 version of Sun's Solaris operating system. The two most exciting aspects of this operating system are that it runs on inexpensive x86 hardware and it contains all of the built-in enterprise components (virtualization and ZFS) as the standard Solaris offering. OpenSolaris delivers next-generation computing technology, commercial support and a worldwide development community.
MySQL, now owned by Oracle, is the world's most popular open source database software. It's available for almost any operating system, and it is drag-and-drop-capable with no modifications from one platform to another. MySQL powers business applications, Internet sites and enterprise tools, such as Zenoss. It competes with the most-expensive commercial relational database systems.
Pentaho is a commercial company that offers a community edition of its open source business intelligence product as free to use, explore and change at will. Both editions have query, reporting, interactive analysis, dashboards, data integration and data mining. Pentaho's philosophy changes the economics of enterprise-class business intelligence by serving up its commercial version for an annual subscription priced less than one-third of what its competitors charge. Its customer testimonials speak volumes in favor of its claims of lowering the TCO for business intelligence software.
Magento eCommerce suite (the Community Edition) offers a free and open source method of propelling your business toward those Internet millions you hear so much about. The Magento Enterprise Edition is also open source, but it carries a commercial license for advanced support and functionality. The Community Edition offers full e-commerce capabilities, such as catalog browsing, marketing tools, analytics and reporting, search engine optimization, mobile commerce, checkout, shipping and customer service modules.
10. JavaJava technologies have powered enterprise applications since 1995. Java currently powers more than 800 million PCs, 2 billion handheld devices and 3.5 billion smart cards as well as a host of set-top boxes, Web cams, games, medical devices and much more. With uptake by major companies such as Oracle (Java's new owner) and IBM, Java is a technology to watch and embrace for all levels of enterprise use.
Ken Hess is a freelance writer who writes on a variety of open source topics including Linux, databases, and virtualization. He is also the coauthor of Practical Virtualization Solutions, which is scheduled for publication in October 2009. You may reach him through his web site at http://www.kenhess.com.