Weblogic Authors: Yeshim Deniz, Elizabeth White, Michael Meiner, Michael Bushong, Avi Rosenthal

Related Topics: Weblogic

Weblogic: Article

Twin Beaks

Twin Beaks

While recently reading through a leading national newspaper, I happened to notice a slick, full-page advertisement for a new enterprise-class server. Made by a leading hardware manufacturer, it was one of those N-way Intel Xeon rack-mount systems that are in a whole league by themselves compared to the machines you and I have at home. This baby was more like a mainframe with its ability to handle several operating system platforms at once, and can literally take the place of several machines in your server room.

Being somewhat of a hardware aficionado, I just had to study the ad and see what's new in the world of microprocessor and operating system magic. Then something caught my eye - or to be exact something was missing. The ad made no mention of the hardware manufacturer's native Unix-based operating system! I've heard that the major hardware vendors are embracing Linux in a big way, but when Linux and Windows are mentioned to the exclusion of their bread and butter OS, times are a-changing.

What I find most amazing about the Linux story, and its rapid adoption by the corporate world, is its humble beginnings and the power of a seemingly grassroots effort by hundreds, if not thousands, of programmers around the world. The operating system is, in a sense, made for the people by the people; or for those Unix purists, for the programmer, by the programmer.

Further, I firmly believe that the forces that govern the software we see today are best described as evolutionary in nature. Similar to the way it works in nature, the evolutionary process is hard at work in the computing field making certain software products succeed over time while relegating others to disappearing into the proverbial trash bin. When you really look at it, it is simply survival of the fittest.

One of the most famous research projects dealing with evolution was Darwin's study of finches on the Galapagos Islands. There, among other things, he discovered that certain species with long beaks were good at gathering certain foods (like nuts), while species with short beaks were better at gathering other types of food. If a species happens to have a long beak, and the only food available requires a short beak, the species with the long beak will eventually die out.

If you carry this analogy to the world of software, you can draw the same parallels. If I am a company charging tens of thousands of dollars per CPU for my operating system, and another operating system comes along with the same capabilities and can be purchased for nearly nothing, I am not going to make it either.

Moreover, the software evolutionary process may not necessarily be driven purely by economics, but also by new innovations, such as Java technology. Software engineers from Sun were looking for a “new new” thing in the interactive video space but ended up applying the technology to the Internet. And we still feel the effects of their work today.

It is difficult to say how Linux-based J2EE platforms will fare in the marketplace as time goes on, and whether corporate America will continue to embrace Linux when things become rosier from an economic standpoint. I believe that Linux is a great OS, and whatever the price, such decisions will hopefully be made with its capabilities and merits in mind.

As you may have already guessed, this month we focus on Linux as a hardware platform for WebLogic. I hope you enjoy reading this issue!

More Stories By Joe Mitchko

Joe Mitchko is the editor-in-chief of WLDJ and a senior technical specialist for a leading consulting services company.

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence. Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more busine...
The challenges of aggregating data from consumer-oriented devices, such as wearable technologies and smart thermostats, are fairly well-understood. However, there are a new set of challenges for IoT devices that generate megabytes or gigabytes of data per second. Certainly, the infrastructure will have to change, as those volumes of data will likely overwhelm the available bandwidth for aggregating the data into a central repository. Ochandarena discusses a whole new way to think about your next...
CloudEXPO | DevOpsSUMMIT | DXWorldEXPO are the world's most influential, independent events where Cloud Computing was coined and where technology buyers and vendors meet to experience and discuss the big picture of Digital Transformation and all of the strategies, tactics, and tools they need to realize their goals. Sponsors of DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO benefit from unmatched branding, profile building and lead generation opportunities.
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that Big Data Federation to Exhibit at the 22nd International CloudEXPO, colocated with DevOpsSUMMIT and DXWorldEXPO, November 12-13, 2018 in New York City. Big Data Federation, Inc. develops and applies artificial intelligence to predict financial and economic events that matter. The company uncovers patterns and precise drivers of performance and outcomes with the aid of machine-learning algorithms, big data, and fundamental analysis. Their products are deployed...
All in Mobile is a place where we continually maximize their impact by fostering understanding, empathy, insights, creativity and joy. They believe that a truly useful and desirable mobile app doesn't need the brightest idea or the most advanced technology. A great product begins with understanding people. It's easy to think that customers will love your app, but can you justify it? They make sure your final app is something that users truly want and need. The only way to do this is by ...
Digital Transformation and Disruption, Amazon Style - What You Can Learn. Chris Kocher is a co-founder of Grey Heron, a management and strategic marketing consulting firm. He has 25+ years in both strategic and hands-on operating experience helping executives and investors build revenues and shareholder value. He has consulted with over 130 companies on innovating with new business models, product strategies and monetization. Chris has held management positions at HP and Symantec in addition to ...
Cell networks have the advantage of long-range communications, reaching an estimated 90% of the world. But cell networks such as 2G, 3G and LTE consume lots of power and were designed for connecting people. They are not optimized for low- or battery-powered devices or for IoT applications with infrequently transmitted data. Cell IoT modules that support narrow-band IoT and 4G cell networks will enable cell connectivity, device management, and app enablement for low-power wide-area network IoT. B...
The hierarchical architecture that distributes "compute" within the network specially at the edge can enable new services by harnessing emerging technologies. But Edge-Compute comes at increased cost that needs to be managed and potentially augmented by creative architecture solutions as there will always a catching-up with the capacity demands. Processing power in smartphones has enhanced YoY and there is increasingly spare compute capacity that can be potentially pooled. Uber has successfully ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CrowdReviews.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5–7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users that have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buye...
When talking IoT we often focus on the devices, the sensors, the hardware itself. The new smart appliances, the new smart or self-driving cars (which are amalgamations of many ‘things'). When we are looking at the world of IoT, we should take a step back, look at the big picture. What value are these devices providing. IoT is not about the devices, its about the data consumed and generated. The devices are tools, mechanisms, conduits. This paper discusses the considerations when dealing with the...