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Open Source Mobile Touch-Based Social Chinese Clouds
There is a big complex interwoven maelstrom of platforms, devices, standards, languages and device form factors out there
Nov. 15, 2012 05:00 AM
If you had to pick a winning news, feature or blog headline to garner maximum reader interest and the widest potential industry relevance these days then how about trying... Open Source Mobile Touch-Based Social Chinese Clouds.
Of the eight words in this banner, we can probably say that seven of them (excluding perhaps ‘based') encapsulate the bleeding and leading edge of the IT industry at this moment.
Keyword #1: China in your handset
Red Hat is playing clever too. The firm is partnering with the international big boys including HP, IBM and Oracle in China... but it is also working with a local partner (Red Flag Software) to get around the Chinese government's restrictions on buying only locally produced software.
Keyword #2 & 3: Linux, open source and cloud
As an open source player in its own right, HP has just increased its support for the non-profit Linux Foundation taking it to ‘platinum' membership status. With a US$ 500,000 duty to now pay in annual membership fees, HP joins only IBM, Fujitsu, NEC, Oracle, Intel, Samsung and Qualcomm at this level.
Keyword #4: Social "collaborative" development
That was social, just in case you missed it.
Keywords #5 & 6: Touch the mobile cloud (and lessons for CIOs)
But hang on, isn't the Chinese connection here a little restrictive?
Well yes it was, so perhaps we should clarify. The China factor should really be the BRIC factor, i.e., Brazil, Russia, India, and China. These are the maverick growth markets of the world and these are the virgin infrastructures with fewer ties to legacy systems to stop the inevitable migration to the cloud.
Keyword #7: Cross-Platform Cross-Device Interconnectivity
Our next challenges (as both CIOs and users) could be more directly linked to the fact that we want data storage and processing compatibility across not only Apple and PC formats, but of course Android and other variants of open source in their many forms too.
There is a big complex interwoven maelstrom of platforms, devices, standards, languages and device form factors out there. If they are going to move more closely together in terms of functionality, then we really are all going to have to get along better - okay?
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This post first appeared on Enterprise CIO Forum.
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