Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Fotango to smother Zimki on Christmas Eve

Canon's subsidiary Fontango had created something really interesting in "Zimki", a platform for building scalable applications- a kind of David vs Goliath approach to the space Amazon EC2 is trying to pursue.
Whilst the management at Fotango were keen to opensource the platform, Canon felt differently, with the result that the project has been pulled. Anyone who can explain how this was a good outcome for Canon I'd love to know!
Gervase Markham points out that by Canon pulling the platform, ironically, they've helped prove one of the main reasons why the platform needed to be opensource to work. Simon Wardley, Fotango's now ex-COO must feel thoroughly justified.