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Open Source Business Alliance
Focus Linux kernel-based solution stacks

The Open Source Business Alliance is a German non-profit business development organization with a focus on Linux kernel-based solution stacks composed of free and open-source software.[jargon]


LiSoG Logo

Linux Solutions Group (LiSoG) was founded in 2005 in Stuttgart.[1] The group has about 120 members (April 2011) and branch offices in Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna,[2] Zurich, Palo Alto and Toronto. The members are providers, user companies, and scientific partners such as universities.

In 2011, LiSoG was merged with the Linux-Verband (LIVE) association, and the new organization was named Open Source Business Alliance.[3]


General goals[edit]

The LiSoG (Linux Solutions Group) cloud computing initiative brings this stack into several clouds. The infrastructure partners in Germany (IaaS) are Noris Network and Fujitsu. LiSoG works together with the Open Cloud Initiative, initiated by Sam Johnston to provide a full open source cloud enterprise stack. The main goal here is to avoid a vendor lock-in for clients.

Task groups[edit]

  • EVB-IT: They are supplementary conditions of contracts regarding the procurement of IT services. The templates for call for bids, derived from these supplementary conditions, require a reformulation because they discriminate against businesses that offer free and open-source software-based solutions.
  • The Open Thin Client Alliance works on some RDP-based solution for an operating system independent Thin-client infrastructure (but the Remote Desktop Protocol is proprietary...)
  • The initiative Deutsche Wolke wants to create solution stacks for cloud computing composed entirely of free and open-source software for "Infrastructure as a service" (IaaS) and also for "Software as a service" (SaaS), which shall be exclusively provided by data centers in Germany.
  • The fourth project wants to improve inter-operatability between the ODF and the OOXML file formats.


The board of LiSog consisted of 12 members:

  • Dr. Karl-Heinz Strassemeyer, IBM Deutschland Entwicklung (Chairman)
  • Hyder Hod, ownCloud (Deputy Chairman)
  • Thomas Uhl, Topalis Holding GmbH (Deputy Chairman)
  • Prof. Dr. Helmut Krcmar, Technische Universität München
  • Henriette Baumann, integratio GmbH
  • Karl-Eugen Binder, Stuttgarter Lebensversicherung
  • Martin Jähn, Unternehmensberatung Martin Jähn & Partner GmbH
  • Niels Mache, struktur AG
  • Jens Ziemann, Red Hat
  • Elmar Geese, tarent solutions GmbH
  • Peter Ganten, Univention GmbH
  • Rico Barth, Cape IT GmbH

Lisog open source stack[edit]

Lisog open source stack

Component Provider Description
Virtual Desktop Environment Red Hat, Topalis, Univention
Web Portal Red Hat, tarent, OpenSAGA
CRM/Project management Projectile, Information Desire Software Customer relation management, project, program and portfolio management
ERP Nuclos (Novabit), HeliumV Enterprise Resource Planning
ITSM OTRS IT Service management
GW Open-Xchange, VIPcom, Zarafa Groupware
PM Onepoint Project Project management
PLM OSSWORX Product Lifecycle Management
BI JasperSoft Business Intelligence
DMS agorum core Document management
BPM SOPERA BPM BPMN, BPEL, BPEL4PEOPLE, Process server and monitor
Database EnterpriseDB, Ingres, Postgres, GraphDB Datenbanken
Application Server JBoss, Sopera ASF JEE Application Server, eclipseSOA WebService AppServer
ESB JBoss, Sopera ASF, Mule Enterprise Service Bus
Application Integration Sopera DI Drag & Drop ETL Data integration components
OpenMAPI Topalis, Wilken, Zarafa E-Mail, Groupware
e-mail archive Benno SMTP-based e-mail archive
VOIP Asterisk, Cowic Voice over IP
Linux/Hypervisor Novell, Red Hat, Debian (credativ), Univention Corporate Server operating systems
File sharing filespots File sharing and file converter
iFolder Novell File sharing in the cloud
Online Storage RisingTide Systems iSCSI, FCoE, FC Storage server, based on LIO Target
HA Pacemaker (LinBit/Red Hat/Novell) High availability, data mirroring
Backup SEP Sesam Backup and recovery
Archiv Grau Data AG Longterm archive OPENARCHIVE
Hardware Pyramid, Boston Deutschland Hardware for Cloud center and appliances

Open Source Integration Initiative (OSII)[edit]

LiSoG initiated a project intended to integrate the single components through a SOA strategy. The project is hosted by MFG in Stuttgart and founded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology within the Central Innovation Programme SME.[4]

Lisog SOA approach


  1. ^ article about the foundation of Lisog on Golem
  2. ^ article about LiSoG in COMPUTERWELT
  3. ^ article about LIVE/LiSoG merger in COMPUTERWOCHE
  4. ^ SME/ZIM Programme of German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology

External links[edit]