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Create open source network crawler. Offer as a free service. ??? Profit!

Both Dana Blankenhorn and Dan Farber have written posts today about Paglo, a new “search engine for IT” launched today. Based on open source tools, Paglo offers a spider that crawls a user’s network enabling them to search for network problems that require ad hoc investigation. The service is offered free of charge and users can create charts, lists and tables based on the results.What’s particularly interesting about the company is that it hasn’t apparently worked out how it will make money from the service as yet. According to Brian de Haaff, CEO: “Some say that we are nuts, but we think that you need to prove that something is valuable before you worry about making money from it. “

One of the benefits of open soyrce is that it lowers barriers to entry and distribution for new open source software-based businesses. There have been plenty of examples of companies changing their business model midstream when they realize the initial plan does not provide what customers are willing to pay for. I think this is the first example I’ve heard of a company launching without a business plan altogether, however.

Blankenhorn notes that the VC backers behind Network Chemistry, which sold its wireless security business to Aruba Networks in March to focus on what was then known as Project Wishbone, are also backing Paglo, so there must be some thought going into revenue somewhere. Network Chemistry’s backers included Geneva Venture Partners, Innovacom, the investment arm of France Telecom, and In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

The plan appears to be for the beta program to make it evident to the Paglo team what users will be willing to pay for. In another post de Haaff wrote: “There’s an infinite number of challenges that a search engine for IT will solve. We’ve already identified over 100 meaningful use cases. And I’ll bet, just like with the rocks, the people who start using Project Wishbone will bring to light thousands more.” (You’ll have to read the post to work out what the rocks have to do with it).

Introducing the CAOS Research Service

I am pleased the announce today the we have officially launched the 451 Commercial Adoption of Open Source (CAOS) Research Service and the first CAOS Report – “Stack and Deliver,” covering the open source stack provider space. For more details on these announcements, I invite you to take a look at the two press releases that were sent out today:

The 451 Group Introduces the 451 Commercial Adoption of Open Source (CAOS) Research Service

The 451 Group Cuts Through the ‘Single Throat to Choke’ Hype from Open Source Stack Providers in New Report

Many thanks go out to Dennis Callaghan, Chris Noble, and Nick Patience, for working with me on the first CAOS Report, as well as all of you who took part in the end user survey, vendor briefings, and discussions both on and off the record. Also, many thanks go out to Rachel Chalmers for so diligently covering the open source space for The 451 Group for years and years and also authoring our special report, Cashing in on open source software, which was published last December.

I will be blogging about the various components of the CAOS Research Service in the days ahead.