Open Source the Enterprise Way

Four years ago I did the first study for IONA about the importance of open source. It was pretty clear this was something we needed to get involved in.
And so we did, beginning to explore what was going on, and then getting increasingly involved in a variety of projects. Until today, our involvement has been pretty much a peripheral effort.
I am very glad to be able to say that we are taking a huge step forward this week with the announcement of Celtix Enterprise, which is the culmination of some very significant open source efforts we’ve been involved in during the past 18 months or so.
But Celtix Enterprise is certainly not the end of the road. In fact it is a beginning – an important and clear step toward open source the enterprise way – services and support for open source the way we provide them for our commercial products, 24 x 7. Without fail.
Which means you now have a great way to check out the best way to do SOA, the distributed way. The download is free, and the services and support completely optional.
The best way to start your SOA is create some services, connect them together, and evaluate progress. Don’t go out and spend your money on an expensive registry/repository solution before you have a large enough collection of services to require one. Don’t spend your money on an expensive SOA suite – it’s much better to pursue an incremental adoption route, and Celtix Enterprise gives you the perfect way to start.
Celtix Enterprise is new code built around a configurable microkernel architecture, the same approach as Artix, using Java technologies such as Java 5, JAX-WS, and JAXB. The configurable microkernel approach (which is, by the way, one of the major reasons I joined IONA seven years ago) is not unique in the industry, but IONA is its pioneer and has the most expertise.
Of course the adoption of open source in throughout the enterprise isn’t going to happen overnight, or even next year, or the year after that. But open source is already in the enterprise and already is having a significant impact. That’s why it’s important to support open source in conjunction with commercial software, and give it the same treatment.
Most companies have, or are going to have, a mixture of open and closed source software. What is really great is the ability to use open source where it makes sense, commercial software where it makes sense, and have consistent services and support across the two. Today’s applications almost inevitably cross open and closed source boundaries. Open source is in fact inescapable – the question is how to best support it all.

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2 responses to “Open Source the Enterprise Way

  1. Just to let you know, your feed is coming through all jumbled up in google reader.
    Instead of separate paragraphs, it’s one big paragraph.
    Figured I’d mention 🙂

  2. Ok, I didn’t know that. I’ll check into it. Thanks.

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