No Love? Open Source and the Enterprise, a Rocky Relationship

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Genuitec's Secure Delivery Center safeguards against a host of known Open Source issues.

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Though many popular projects, like AnyEdit, FindBugs and similar community driven projects are often operated by only one or a few architects who at a moment's notice could remove the software intentionally or otherwise.

Genuitec, LLC, a founding member of the Eclipse Foundation, has been alerted to a series of possible customer concerns regarding the use of Eclipse Open Source plugins.

For example, Genuitec customers have seen that:

  • Eclipse.org removed support from its sites for last year's Eclipse; enterprises standardized using stable Eclipse versions must scramble to find archives of Mylyn and other projects
  • Popular plugins created by one or two people sometimes forget to pay their DNS bill, so the software becomes unavailable or lost
  • Some small shops change web hosting providers, and enterprise developers can no longer find where their favorite plugins live
  • Open Source software is sometimes bought and taken off the market, or returns with a price tag

“Open Source developers are the most important members of the software community, and some have contributed to the greatest projects the Internet has ever seen,” said Tim Webb, product manager for SDC. “Though many popular projects, like AnyEdit, FindBugs and similar community driven projects are often operated by only one or a few architects who at a moment's notice could remove the software intentionally or otherwise.”

Webb continued, “The problem is that these projects have come to a level of usage that is mission-critical in the enterprise. This has led us to provide our users with the most popular Eclipse packages, locked down, with each version number, inside the company firewall where outside forces can’t interrupt the business work flow.”

Genuitec has a solution that Fortune 100 companies are currently using, and can work for your enterprise as well. It's called Secure Delivery Center, and for a broad understanding of its power please see these high level points:

  • Manage tools behind your firewall in your “private cloud”
  • “Lock down” Eclipse-based tool stacks with one click
  • Generate full, customized installers for tool stacks
  • Easy usage reporting on tools and open source compliance
  • Manage multiple versions of software simultaneously
  • Manage Eclipse, MyEclipse or both at once

Secure Delivery Center is ready out-of-the-box for installation, and it requires only a few, easy questions answered about company policies and software governance before acting as an inside-the-firewall Eclipse and MyEclipse management tool.

Granularity in its reporting give a clear and concise understanding of how Eclipse or MyEclipse is used, what tool stacks and versions work the best on each project, and which configurations are successful in project development.

SDC starts at only about $45 per developer. Contact sales(at)genuitec(dot)com for more details.

See SDC in action with an archived webinar: http://bit.ly/v9WuXG

About Genuitec
With year-over-year growth since the company was founded in 1997, Genuitec continues to expand by offering superior products to enterprises at value-driven prices. Its products are used by 17,000 global enterprises, including 80% of the Fortune 500. Genuitec's support forums are a vibrant community where users can engage with staff to answer any number of technical needs. Genuitec is constantly evaluating market opportunities for new areas of growth, and has launched a new product in each of the last 4 years. As a fully-distributed work force, the company maintains a low overhead, yet attracts the most talented software developers with its flexible employment options.

Genuitec is based in Flower Mound, Texas and is founding member of the Eclipse Foundation.

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