Will Pugh, Chief Architect & Co-founder, SourceLabs
Track: Emerging Topics
Date: Thursday, August 4th, 2005
Time: 11:35am - 12:20pm
Today, open source projects are not designed to work together, not tested together, and not packaged together as integrated systems. Currently users of open source software are forced to integrate, test, and validate all elements of the open source stack themselves. With the increasing acceptance of open source software in large enterprise IT environments, this situation needs to be reexamined with a new testing and certification approach to reduce the cost and perceived risk of deploying open source.
The solution is to test and release projects together as an integrated stack, with a level of thoroughness and process transparency that meets exceeds that of commercial platform vendors. Due to its distributed, atomic structure, the open source community today focuses on individual projects, not on creating integrated system of components. This approach makes it incumbent on the user to test, configure, and integrate products together, which slows adoption by increasing costs and risks.
SourceLabs Jeff Ort examines these concepts further and explain how the enterprise software testing methods used by vendors such as Oracle, IBM, and SAP can be adapted to augment the open source development process, with the goal of delivering highly dependable and well-integrated software stacks. This approach is described by SourceLabs CERT7 testing methodology, which the company uses to ensure dependability of open source systems. Ort's talk will describe:
- Descriptions and examples of the scalability, security, failover, stress, regression, and integration tests included in the CERT7 regime
- How CERT7 has been applied to LAMP or other open source stacks, and the test data generated by that process
- How users can adapt and build on CERT7 and whats involved