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How to Leverage Open Technologies with Linux on Power

By Ken Gullo - Oct 05, 2016

Implementing Linux on Power is the first step to joining the open source community that collaborates on developing hardware and software innovations.

What if your business could be part of an exclusive think tank made up of the top technology experts and software developers? As a member of this group, you could move to the forefront of IT innovation by accessing the latest applications.

This goal can be your reality if you implement Linux running on IBM Power Systems. By using Linux on Power, you become part of the open source movement that rejects proprietary, closed software in favor of a collaborative approach. By working as a team, open source developers can speed applications to market while providing superior functionality and security.

Once you have Linux on Power on board, your application developers can become part of the open source team.

Embracing the Open Source Philosophy
Open source software is developed according to “the open source way” that expresses a willingness to share, a commitment to transparency, and a desire to play an active role in projects. The open source methodology enables anyone to examine the application’s source code. Users can also modify and improve the application by adding features or fixing flaws.

Benefits of Open Source
When your business uses open source software, you gain control over your applications. Your application developers become empowered to collaborate and innovate. Instead of being forced to use applications out-of-the-box, your team can customize them. Your developers can add features depending on your particular business needs.

Participation in the collaboration process also gives your developers the knowledge and experience needed to become even better programmers. They get an insider’s view of techniques used by top application developers and can use them as a springboard for their own ideas.

Additional sets of eyes inspecting the software also ensure more effective security. Instead of waiting for patches or upgrades, you get real-time fixes. Whitehat hackers work to make sure that operating systems are free from the kind of flaws cybercriminals exploit to infiltrate companies’ systems.

Collaboration leads to faster, more reliable deployments for open source software. The applications are pre-tested and evaluated by a jury of experts before release. Your business benefits from higher quality applications at a lower cost because there is no need for licensing fees.

Linux and Open Source
The Linux operating system was built on open principles. As an open source technology, Linux is customizable. Many distributions of Linux are available that offer a range of software and the ability to switch out key components, like user interfaces.

In 2013, IBM joined the open source movement by investing $1 billion in Linux. Since then, more than 600 developers have created over 400 new software products.

Open Technology Resources
Running Linux on Power makes a variety of open technology resources available to your business. These include:

DeveloperWorks Open
DeveloperWorks Open develops and shares software projects designed for cloud, analytics, mobile, social, and security. They contribute tools and platforms that help developers design applications. In their first year, the group completed over 100 open source projects.

OpenStack Foundation
The OpenStack Foundation shares resources designed for public and private OpenStack cloud. While membership is free, members are expected to provide technical contributions or help build the community. The Foundation serves 30,000 Individual Members in 170 countries as a way of expanding the OpenStack ecosystem. Their goal is to make OpenStack the leading cloud platform. Software developers are encouraged to produce innovative applications for the cloud while keeping community feedback in mind.

OpenPOWER Foundation

As a member of OpenPOWER Foundation, your business contributes to the evolution of Power architecture. Projects include the development of cognitive applications that apply machine learning and natural language processing to formulate hypotheses based on data. To encourage innovation, the foundation creates challenges to encourage the development of particular kinds of applications.

Open the Door to Technological Possibilities
Just by implementing Linux on Power, your business is already benefitting from open technology. But this is only the beginning. Once you begin taking advantage of the foundations, the collaborative world of open source will begin to unfold. Not only can you access cutting-edge applications and software developed by the best minds in the industry, but you can also become a part of the process.