Why open source tools might need a hardware hook

The great things about open source software stacks such as OpenStack and Hadoop is that they’re free and they work. The not-so-great thing is that — like many open source projects — they can be difficult to configure and manage. Luckily, hardware vendors are stepping in to fill the void.  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.

http://gigaom.com/cloud/why-open-source-tools-need-a-hardware-hook/

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