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Why open source tools might need a hardware hook

Aug 07, 2011, 14:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Derrick Harris)

"Dell has been particularly busy trying to take the hardware guesswork out of two of the hottest open source projects around: OpenStack and, on Thursday, Hadoop (technically, Cloudera's distribution of Hadoop). Essentially, these are hardware configurations specifically designed to optimally run their respective software targets. Accompanying both is Crowbar, Dell's open source software for deploying the software onto the hardware and then managing the existing system.

"The big difference between the two offerings is the price tag. Dell's OpenStack solution is a reference architecture with optional support and services, while its partnership with Cloudera is a full-on product that includes hardware, software, support and services."

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