Have you read about using utility computing and how it offers scalable flexibility over traditional server architecture? IT conversations recently interviewed Scalr’s Sebastian Stadil who demystifies the cloud and talks up his open source cloud resource manager.
Tim O’Reilly has been one of the visionary forces in the shaping of net based services and open source software. While he’s not right 100% of the time, he has been uncannily accurate in his forecasts. Tim’s also something of a futurist who has a very optimistic view of what is coming on the road ahead.
Tim’s recent interview on Floss weekly is both informative and entertaining. You can listen at the site link or on our handy player below.
Asterisk is the dominant open source PBX replacement. Using commodity hardware, it enables even the smallest enterprise to own and control their own voice communications platform.
Mike Liebhold of the Institute for the Future addressed the O’Reilly Emerging Telephony Conference a little over a year ago about the roadblocks to and promise of an open wireless web. In view of recent developments, this 17 minute presentation is right on topic. While progress has been made, the roadblocks he clearly identified remain in place.
Network operators have invested millions into reliable networks. In order to recover their costs, they have developed a strategy of offering enhanced services developed by and limited to their own in-house resources. But there is a fundamental flaw in this strategy. This “walled garden” approach to enhanced services ignores the many entrepreneurs and creative people who are eager to develop new services on wireless networks. The social trend of users at the edge of the network wanting to create their own experiences is ignored. The end result is that the growth of the mobile web is stifled. (IT Conversations)
John and Garry discuss their predictions for 2008
For your enjoyment (or amusement) the moderators have assembled another ThirdPipe podcast. Topic is the recent Comcast-Sandvine traffic shaping incident.
Hopefully you will find it as interesting as we did producing it.