Earlier this week I was researching a product (closed source, proprietary) called BlueGlue provided by OpenLogic, Inc. and normally since I don't blog about closed source products (they normally get enough coverage elsewhere) I was simply going to take note of the product and move on. However, I was rather impressed with its simplicity and power as an enabler of Open Source Infrastructure Management. In short BlueGlue is basically a tool that enables users to handle everything from installation, configuration, integration and verification of open source components (databases, app servers, programming frameworks, etc.)
The strength of BlueGlue in my opinion is its clean, easy-to-use interface along with its support of over 150 open source mainstays such as Apache Ant, Apache HTTP Server, Eclipse, JBoss, Spring and many more.
(Images courtesy of www.openlogic.com)
The difference between BlueGlue and a product like SpikeStacks from SpikeSource is, BlueGlue is not concerned with creating a business ready integrated software stack. BlueGlue is helps support individual open source components from install to verification. Business ready stacks are well and good for enterprise application development where a group of open source components need to be tested and pieced together in order to enable application development and deploy. However, this doesn't scale down to the micro level of installing and configuring the latest stable version of Eclipse, JBoss and Maven on individual developer workstations.
One drawback I noticed is the fact that BlueGlue is totally client side software with no web interface. Meaning it can't be accessed remotely over the web from a centralized location...bummer. But overall, I think BlueGlue is an interesting tool that fills a niche for individual open source component management, and is ultimately worth evaluating.