Linux Magazine’s Top 20 Companies to Watch in 2008
Who knows what the future will hold? Well, heaven knows we don't or we'd have already won the lottery a few times and retired to a private island somewhere. However, we can look at the past to make a few reasonable predictions-- such as the companies in the free and open source software community that are going to have a major impact on the market in 2008.
It’s probably obvious by now that we love disruptive technologies here at Linux Magazine. (What was your first clue? Oh, yeah…) That being the case, we’re very intrigued by Vyatta, a company that’s producing a fully open source router, firewall, and VPN solution.
The company isn’t quiet about taking on the big C, and why should it be? Open source companies have never been shy about taking their commercial counterparts to task. But that’s not why we like them.
We think Vyatta is a company to watch because it has a compelling technology, and because its offerings appeal to companies that don’t have a Cisco-sized budget. (And to companies that do, but would prefer to save the money for other things, like salaries.) We also like Vyatta because it commoditizes network deployment in the same way that Linux commoditized the operating system market.
The company is still gathering steam, but expect to hear a lot about Vyatta in 2008. Even when they’re not trash-talking Cisco.