The week in review: OpenStack + VMware and legal considerations for 3D printing

Check out new reports this week including Ben Kepes’ evaluation of macro technology trends and Aram Sinnreich’s continued research on 3D printing. Also fresh, Paul Miller explores OpenStack deployment in unison with VMware virtualization.
First, in “How to utilize cloud computing, big data, and crowdsourcing for an agile enterprise,” analyst Ben Kepes takes an 10,000 foot view of organizations today and the macro trends that threaten traditional business. Rather than viewing change as a threat, companies that embrace technology shifts will find opportunities to remain competitive, increase efficiency, and generate new business. In this report, Kepes highlights three key technologies every organization must consider, regardless of industry.
Second, in “Legal challenges and opportunities for 3D printing“, Aram Sinnreich reviews the undecided legal issues that have the greatest potential affect on creators, manufacturers, and other stakeholders involved in the 3D printing marketplace. Two of these major gray areas, patents and copyrights, have not been adequately addressed, leaving billions of revenue dollars in question. For further analysis on 3D printing, be sure to check out our recommendations for companies impacted by additive manufacturing.
Last, the open-source cloud infrastructure project OpenStack has been top of mind for IT enterprise managers. In “Architecting OpenStack for enterprise reality,” analyst Paul Miller introduces OpenStack and then explores the benefits of implementing OpenStack alongside on-premise solutions. Instead of throwing away existing investment in virtualization, this report proposes a hybrid approach and exemplifies integration between OpenStack-powered clouds and VMware virtualization.
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