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Of integration, interoperability and co-existence

Stacy Baird | Aug. 25, 2010
Middleware, virtualisation, translators and converters blend technology regardless of the approach, be that proprietary or open source.

The long and short of it all is that virtualisation created challenges in terms of retraining, security, and redundancy at other sites, but it allowed for centralised server management, more effective monitoring and problem-solving and improved patching, auditing and compliance management. It also allowed for the introduction of an enterprise backup and disaster recovery solution.

Some translators or converters are function-specific. TSRI JANUS translates legacy data and code so it can be addressed by modern software, whether open source or proprietary. Many business and productivity software products incorporate translators.

Private sector and government CIOs use both proprietary and open-source technology. As demanded by this modern heterogeneous IT marketplace, the IT industry continues to develop the tools for interoperability such as middleware, virtualisation, widely adopted standards, translators and converters to blend technology regardless of the approach, may that be proprietary or open source.

In my next commentary, I will touch on todays game changer which is the cloud.

Stacy Baird is a former advisor to members of the US Senate on technology and intellectual property issues and believes that, with the coexistence of commercial and open source software, the global IT industry has continued to improve life for people around the world. This is the third of a four-part series and opinions expressed are his own.


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