The Linux Foundation announced earlier this week the addition of corporate members Bromium, Chelsio, Fusion-io, nexB and ownCloud. Sponsor of the work of Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux kernel, The Linux Foundation also has a wide body of membership of which corporate members are a key influential component. The announcement ties into findings this year reported in The Linux Foundation's 2013 Enterprise End User Report that 74% of IT shops are maintaining or increasing Linux usage to support cloud technologies. Also, as the number of enterprises increasing their use of Linux for mission-critical workloads rises, up from 60% in 2010 to 73% in 2012 per the same report, The Linux Foundation noted more companies like these want to contribute to the advancement of Linux.
Corporate membership with The Linux Foundation comes with various benefits, including opportunities to contribute enterprise expertise to various Linux Foundation sponsored projects and to discussions hosted at The Linux Foundation Enterprise End User Summit, which was held in New York on May 14-15, 2013. Among other benefits, Linux Foundation members can vote and run for board seats, participate in vendor and end user councils, get exposure through The Linux Foundation on corporate member pages under the organization's website and through other foundation events and media, and create workgroups where collaboration on technology projects can influence both Linux development and the future of The Linux Foundation.
In the announcement from The Linux Foundation, reasons cited for the move to join as corporate members included nexB CEO Michael Herzog's statement that “Joining The Linux Foundation is a way to increase our commitment towards the advancement of Linux and open source software in the enterprise. The specification work facilitated by the Software Package Data Exchange (SPDX) workgroup, for example, is essential to the work we are doing to help solve business problems for our customers.” nexB, a software asset management company, provides a variety of tools including DejaCode, a software supply chain management suite.
Additionally, echoing the findings of the 2013 Enterprise End User Report, Marcus Rex, CEO, ownCloud Inc. said “Linux and open source technologies are vital to cloud-based computing. As a member of The Linux Foundation we’re able to collaborate with the community to offer a vibrant solution for managing any potential risk associated with cloud-based file sharing services and put control back in IT’s hands.” ownCloud provides a Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) interface for secure file syncing and sharing.
Christian Bryant is an information technologist with more than 15 years of experience in the security, banking, education and medical industries. His systems experience includes Windows, AIX, HP-UX, IRIX, GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, BSD, Solaris and OpenVMS. He’s worked in many computing environments from traditional to cloud on both hardware and virtual systems.
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