As San Francisco Giants ponder the future, rotation concerns come into focus

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Amid all the chatter surrounding Madison Bumgarner and Max Muncy’s confrontation in the first inning on Sunday, a key element of Bumgarner’s performance was easily overlooked.There was discussion as to whether Bumgarner shows too much emotion on the field, talk of whether his actions toward Muncy were over the top and per usual, debate over how the left-hander’s outing impacted his trade value.There’s plenty of ongoing dialogue as to where Bumgarner will pitch next and how …last_img

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast October 19, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry again today. Clouds will push in over the state late this afternoon through tonight, starting just ahead of sunset in NW Ohio, and spreading southeast form there. In this type of cool air mass we find ourselves in does not take very much to wring out a bit of moisture, so we cant rule out a few scattered showers with these clouds this evening and overnight. In particular, there can be some heavier shower potential around the midnight hour in far southeast Ohio, where we can see a tenth or two. However, the best moisture stays south of the river. The clouds linger through Saturday, and we see a second threat of moisture later tomorrow afternoon, overnight and into very early Sunday.  The disturbance we have previously mentioned moving across the great lakes still is holding together in its push of moisture down into Indiana. From there, the action drifts east and southeast tomorrow, and it is enough to keep scattered showers in the forecast for Saturday late afternoon forward. The event will produce a few hundredths to .25” with coverage at 60% of Ohio. This will not be a lot of moisture but will create a bit of a pause in harvest progress. The map at right shows cumulative rain potential through Sunday morning. Fully dry weather is back for Sunday and goes through next Saturday. This will allow for another excellent surge in harvest. Temps will be normal to slightly below, but we should see good drying winds, and low relative humidity. Well organized rains arrive next Saturday and hold through Sunday. Combined rains will be .25”-1” over 90% of the state. This is the same system we have been watching for this time period for almost a week. It is coming and will end the month with some moisture. Behind that system, we go dry for Monday the 29th, and see that dry weather continues through the rest of the extended period, through at least Friday, November 2. Temps for that period should be normal to slightly above normal,last_img read more

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Looking For The Next $1 Billion Open Source Company

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair It’s been just under seven months since Red Hat became the world’s first $1 billion open-source company. Now the question is who will follow suit and become the next open source company to hit this milestone?Before sorting through the list of likely candidates, it’s important to define what we’re talking about when we say “$1  billion company.” Primarily, we’re talking actual annual revenue, not market valuation. That’s a key difference, since under the valuation definition, Red Hat would not have been the first billion-dollar open source company; MySQL AB would have had that distinction, when Sun Microsystems bought it for $1 billion in 2008.And, when we’re talking open source, the idea is a company that bases its business on the sale and distribution of open-source software. Things get a bit tricky here, since many companies could be assigned the “open source” moniker – and some might argue against it. This is particularly true of companies that follow the so-called “open core model,” which typically release a free version of the software as a “community” edition as well as a more feature-rich but closed edition that’s available for a licensing fee or support subscription.Red Hat is not open core, because even though it sells a “closed” enterprise version, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and helps distribute a free version of the product, Fedora, the truth is that the source code for Red Hat Enterprise Linux is still freely available, so one can, if desired, use RHEL without support.While it would be possible to reject open-core model companies, the fact is that this would sharply limit the field of potential candidates for the next $1 billion open source company, so I’m going to keep them in mind and note them as such.Our three top candidates – all private companies – definitely vary in the kind of software they offer, but each one has an opportunity to be the next open-source company that crosses the billion-dollar line.The Database CandidateWith all the hullaballoo about Big Data (see next candidate), it’s important not to forget there are still a lot of fast and flexible offerings in database-land that still follow the old rules of managing data. Big data doesn’t mean that relational databases are dead; in fact, such databases are more important then ever.EnterpriseDB is in the business of distributing commercial products built on one such open source database, PostgreSQL, a direct competitor to the MySQL mentioned earlier that was snatched up by Sun and subsequently acquired by Oracle.On its own, PostgreSQL (or Postgres as geeks call it), is hot right now. The open source Postgres is getting a lot of new features and the pace of development is perceived as faster than its MySQL counterpart. Plus, there is a definite interest in Postgres driven by a movement away from MySQL. While MySQL is still very powerful software, there is a lot of tension in the marketplace about Oracle’s stewardship of that project, since Oracle dropped the ball on several of the open source projects it acquired from Sun and many feel that eventually MySQL will suffer from the same problem, with Oracle either not pursuing development as much as it could or (as some fear) closing MySQL altogether.While MySQL’s loss is PostgreSQL’s gain, Postgres is getting attention on its own merits. EnterpriseDB, which offers an enterprise version known as Postgres Plus, is making big inroads with customers like Sony Entertainment.Data on a smaller scale will always be more prevalent than Big Data, which means Postgres and the vendors that package it have a nice, wide market into which to play. That gives EnterpriseDB a clear path to becoming the first $1 billion open source database company.The Big Data CandidateNevertheless, you can’t ignore the hype… Big data is a big driver for commerce right now, and any big data vendor has to be considered for billion-dollar revenue status.The technology that’s leading the big data charge is the open source data framework known as Apache Hadoop. Hadoop is not a database, but rather a distributed storage tool that enables programmers devise jobs in Java code to search for desired information – without formal database structure. Hadoop is not the only big data tech, but right now it’s the top technology in the sector. And right now the biggest Hadoop company is Cloudera.Though MapR and Hortonworks are strong Hadoop contenders, Cloudera has managed to establish an early lead in this sector. Cloudera has developed its own tools to make it easier to seek information from Hadoop stores and is building a rich partner ecosystem to enable different applications of Hadoop-stored data.If Hadoop continues its rocket-ship rise, it’s not hard to envision Cloudera becoming the first $1 billion open source Big Data company.The Cloud Computing CandidateIn the world of open source cloud computing, OpenStack is the name that gets the most attention, thanks to the combined marketing prowess of Rackspace, HP, Dell and Red Hat, just to name a few.But OpenStack is not a company or even a product – it’s a project. Eventually, one of the OpenStack vendors may come up with a commercial product and run with it, but if its someone like Red Hat or HP, they’ve already made their mark. Piston Cloud or SUSE may also succeed as billion-dollar candidates, but right now the OpenStack system is a free-for-all and no one seems to have a commanding lead. So I’m betting on an open source cloud player that’s not even in the OpenStack ecosystem: Eucalyptus.Eucalyptus gets the nod because of OpenStack’s lack of product and the fact the other open product in this space, CloudStack, has Citrix as its flagship commercial vendor and it’s not really an open source company. Eucalyptus also gets marks for being very well connected to the Amazon Web Services ecosystem. While you may argue that sticking to AWS frameworks is really not all that open (in fact, I have made that very argument), there’s no denying that AWS is killing in this space and a lot of customers interested in private or hybrid cloud computing are very content to keep swimming in Amazon’s pond.But there is more to Eucalyptus than being in the right place at the right time. It has got a whip-smart team, led by Marten Mickos, who – in one of those “small world” things – was the CEO of MySQL AB, the same company Oracle now has in its portfolio and was valued at $1 billion upon acquisition.With all of these stars aligned, Eucalyptus could soon be the first billion-dollar open source cloud computing company.Sure, other candidates may be in the running for the next billion-dollar open source company. And there is always a chance that someone new, like Big Switch Networks and its virtual networking systems, could come out of nowhere and snatch the title.But these three candidates, based on what I see right now in the open source world, are presently the most likely contenders for becoming the next $1 billion open source company.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#Big Data#cloud computing#Structured Data center_img brian proffitt Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts last_img read more

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