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dlr5288
dlr5288
2/28/2016 9:25:35 PM
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Security
I think in many ways this is a great idea!

It allows Walmart to be able to have more control over situations and problems. Dealing with the cloud is also cheaper and brings Walmart up to date.

The only problem, again, is security. As long as Walmart, which I'm sure it is, is aware of the cloud and it's sometimes lack of security the compny should be fine. It will also, I think, benefit greatly from incorporating the cloud.

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freehe
freehe
2/27/2016 3:20:37 PM
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Re: walmart virtual system
Developrs love using Open Source and this could be a way to attract developers to their company. Walmart runs more than 100,000 cores daily on its computer layer. Open Stack is customizable and flexible.

Walmart must ensure that the Open Stack technology works well with the systems used by their brick and mortar stores for purchasing products either online or in-store.

It will be interesting to see how Open Stack progresses over the next few years.

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clrmoney
clrmoney
2/4/2016 3:34:49 PM
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walmart virtual system
Walmart has an online sytem when you apply for jobs etc. and I just don't understand in my state of Alabama they closed some Walmart stores in our neighborhood so now we would have to go further for groceries etc. So I don't think they are reacing for the clouds because they are taking away from walmart stores to have increased businesses etc.

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burn0050
burn0050
2/2/2016 12:36:14 PM
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Re: No brainer...
Agreed - altruistic Walmart is most definitely not. At least they see some benefit to open sourcing code - to take advantage of people working for free to improve their product. Still finding cheap labor.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
1/29/2016 1:38:21 PM
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Re: No brainer...
I would also like to add, though a technology / software / tool become obsolete that itself would not remain in limelight, usage drowns and eventually goes into a retired mode. But the good thing is if there is a compelling concept it certainly would become a basis for its bext better invention. So if there is real value with underlying concept, that somehow stays in the background or become the foundation for yet another best cut.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
1/29/2016 9:56:25 AM
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Re: No brainer...
But right now, companies like Walmart and Apple and Microsoft are adopting open source for competitive goals

@mhhf1ve: I agree. I mentioned a link to one of walmart's article in one of my earlier posts. That clearly speaks the rush behind walmart's initiative to get on Amazon's way with AWS. I undersatnd there is a need for walmart for itself looking at recent news of their planned store closures etc. But reason for anything new can not just be the competition. There must be proper alignment with the overall vision. If they just follow the race and realize it is not worth later in the game, regret is the only option. TIME lost is VALUE lost.


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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
1/27/2016 11:23:27 AM
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Re: No brainer...
They are not altruistic--no question about it--yes they have alturistic "traits" as in the case of what Microsoft announced in Davos.   It is indeed about Social Darwinism in the end--isn't it? 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
1/27/2016 11:21:10 AM
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Re: No brainer...
Analogies are never perfect. The unique part of software is that it can be re-used with very little marginal costs. It's just information. So I agree that proprietary software should tend towards becoming open with time -- or else the information won't get as much use and replication. But right now, companies like Walmart and Apple and Microsoft are adopting open source for competitive goals -- to attract more developers. Not out of any philosophy of sharing.

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
1/27/2016 11:09:11 AM
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Re: No brainer...
My analogy is one more like "Social Darwinism" whereby it is in effect survial of the fittest--and I suppose in hinesight your nature analogy is somewhat warranted.    But having a "closed ecosystem" is a strategy that can be determinantal if at some stage the evolution to open source is not in the cards.   

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
1/27/2016 10:56:05 AM
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Re: No brainer...
All analogies break down at some point. My point is that proprietary software and open source have a mutually beneficial relationship. And in general, no technology is totally killed off by another technology. Sure, some tech gets old and lesser used but it's very rare for tech to actually go extinct -- unlike plants and animals.

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