Stories by Jim Romeo

CIO Reality Check: Linux Security

In our conversations, we spoke to Sam Lamonica, CIO of Rudolph and Sletten Construction, a general building contractor; Philipp Huber, CTO/COO of the UK based XCalibre Communications, a hosting firm; Clyde Williams, Infrastructure Systems Manager for Southeast Alabama Medical Center; and Walt Cornelison, Director of Information Technology for Tropitone Furniture, a manufacturer of high-end outdoor furniture. Here's how our conversation went:

CIO Reality Check: Linux and Virtualization

We spoke to Clyde Williams, Infrastructure Systems Manager for Southeast Alabama Medical Center; Walt Cornelison, Director of Information Technology for Tropitone Furniture - a manufacturer or high-end outdoor furniture; Jason Ford, CTO of BlackMesh Hosting and Solution - a managed hosting and managed services firm; Keith Parnell, CIO of Stratum Marketing - a marketing communications agency. Here's how our conversation went:

HPC Spinoffs

Big Linux systems plot climate change, simulate nuclear explosions, and secure bragging rights. But IT customers are starting to find that high-performance computing technologies make a difference in the real world, from clustered processing to data center greening.

CTO Strategies: Greg Royal of Cistera Networks

Greg Royal founded Cistera Networks six years ago to provide a convergence server platform that connects a company's enterprise applications to telephone users, using voice over IP. Greg continues at Cistera as CTO and EVP, and writes a blog We spoke to Greg to discuss his company and its embrace of Linux in his industry.

Linux for the SMB market: slow, steady or both?

Everywhere you turn nowadays, another company is targeting the Small and Medium Business (SMB) marketplace. SMBs are growing, and represent a segment of the IT market that has not been fully exploited by many, including open source software vendors that boasted early successes with large enterprises.

From counterculture flag to corporate gold star

In 2006, Massachusetts' then CIO, Peter Quinn, described the open source community as the "sandal and ponytail set," and claimed that image and appearance made open source a harder sell for use in his state government. While those are some pretty powerful words, it begs the question: is there such a thing as a "Linux person?"

Old marketing tactic of FUD is backfiring

Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt, or FUD, is an old sword with a new blade in today's competitive IT world. If you cannot beat 'em, create controversy. But the old tactic is starting to lose its effectiveness.

Recruiting software talent

Red Hat is one of the largest publicly held open source software companies in the world. Since it went public in 1999 and eventually came to offer the world its well-known Red Hat Linux operating system, the firm has performed well. It has come along way from the firm that Bob Young and Marc Ewing founded in 1995.

MySQL: Great customer list, but is it 'mature' software

Last April, MySQL's CEO Marten Mickos, kicked off the opening day of the 2007 MySQL Conference and Expo by stating "open source is simply a smarter method to develop and distribute software -- a way to promote software users' freedoms in addition to protecting its creators' rights."

Customers happy with Red Hat/JBoss connection

In April of 2006, Red Hat acquired open-source J2EE application server vendor JBoss for US$420 million. According to previous reports, Oracle was interested in buying JBoss earlier that year for more money, but Red Hat beat them to the punch. A year later, what does the new Red Hat landscape look like for Linux and JBoss customers?