SOURCE BUSINESS CONFERENCE, SAN FRANCISCO, April 5 /PRNewswire/ --
SpikeSource today announced the general availability of the SpikeSource Core
Stack, and a range of enterprise support and related services to enable
enterprise IT departments to build and deploy open source solutions with
greater confidence. SpikeSource is distributing certified open source stacks
with add-on functional features designed for fast implementation and easy
application management. The company's focus is on interoperability testing and
providing technical support to make it safer and easier for enterprises to
adopt and rely on open source.
SpikeSource separately announced today an ecosystem of open source
technology, consulting, implementation and information partners; SpikeSource
Testing Services, providing interoperability testing of a wide range of
components for ISVs and open source projects; and a set of free testing tools
for the open source community.
Investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (DrKW) has an aggressive
open source adoption strategy and is working with SpikeSource to support the
company's testing and deployment of new and existing applications. "Platform
independence is fundamental to our open source strategy and SpikeSource is an
important part of helping us achieve that," said JP Rangaswami, Global CIO at
DrKW. "At DrKW, open source has always been the new outsource, and the
SpikeSource solution enables our engineering teams to focus on client-facing
initiatives with the confidence that the bank's environments have been tested
and certified, and are free of interoperability issues."
The SpikeSource enterprise offering is comprised of the SpikeSource Core
Stack, plus a complete range of support services from basic installation
support to unlimited, ongoing support of mission-critical systems. The company
is also offering information services, including a database of searchable
technical information, discussion forums and blogs.
SpikeSource Core Stack
SpikeSource is offering seven pre-configured stacks integrating over
50 open source components in six programming languages. The SpikeSource Core
Stack includes add-on functional features that have been designed for faster
implementation and easy application management. SpikeSource has automated the
complex process of stack testing, and uses over 22,000 tests running across
six operating system platforms to validate each and every component patch,
ensuring that any interoperability issues are identified. The SpikeSource Core
Stack is free and can be downloaded and installed from www.spikesource.com. A
network installer can reduce installation time by allowing upfront selection
of needed components.
Subscription and Support Services
The company offers four different levels of technical support. Each
support level includes a subscription update service and access to the
SpikeSearch online knowledge base, and is available as an annual subscription.
-- Basic Installation Support provides technical support installing and
configuring open source components. It is based on 30 days of
assistance configuring SpikeSource-certified open source components for
use with certified compatible operating systems and hardware. It also
includes support for component selection for a custom installation.
-- SpikeSource Silver Support provides incident-based support of an
application in development or production. It offers a one-business-day
response time for high-severity issues, 24 x 7 online issue reporting
and unlimited access to SpikeSearch.
-- SpikeSource Gold Support provides fast response times for complex,
mission-critical applications. It guarantees a four-hour response time
and 24 x 7 phone and online issue reporting.
-- Premium Support is also available for customers wanting maximum support
for their mission-critical applications.
SpikeSource offers a set of management tools that allow IT departments to
continually assess and manage their open source assets. Spike Asset Manager
(SAM) creates an inventory of open source components installed on your system.
SpikeSource update services provide automated, online delivery of updates,
patches and security alerts tailored to the open source components you are
SpikeSource Information Services
SpikeSource information services are designed to give developers and
enterprise IT professionals important, up-to-date information about open
source technologies, integration and licensing.
-- SpikeInfo compiles broad technical information about open source
technology. The database summarizes project information and revisions,
and acts as a gateway to SpikeSource's build and test results, as well
as project downloads.
-- SpikeSearch provides access to an extensive collection of articles from
in-house experts, and includes references to documentation, FAQs and
other information related to supported open source components.
-- SpikeSource Discussion Forums and Blogs are where SpikeSource
developers, support engineers, and community members answer technical
questions and discuss a wide variety of topics.
SpikeSource is an Open Source IT services company founded in 2003 to help
accelerate enterprise open source adoption through testing, certification and
support of open source software. For more information visit
About Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein
Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (DrKW) is the investment bank of Dresdner
Bank AG, a member of Allianz since July 2001. Headquartered in London and
Frankfurt and with an international network including offices in the financial
centers of New York and Tokyo, DrKW provides a wide range of investment bank
products and services to European and international clients through its
Capital Markets and Corporate Finance & Origination business lines.
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