11 open source companies to watch

Open source companies worth watching focus on cloud computing, security, collaboration and more.

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Company name: Likewise

Founded: September 2004

Locations: Bellevue, Wash.

Product company offers: Likewise provides integration and identity management software for mixed environments. It is focused on security, operational efficiencies and regulatory compliance. Likewise Open integrates authentication across Linux, Unix and Mac environments with Microsoft's Active Directory as the hub. Likewise Enterprise includes the core authentication and adds migration, group policy, auditing and reporting modules.

Why it is worth watching: Likewise functions in a hybrid open source model, with Open a free version and Enterprise as proprietary software. The industry will have to wait to see if that trend catches on, but until then they can review Likewise's sales and revenue growth of slightly more than 100% during the past year. The company has distribution deals with Red Hat, Novell, and Canonical/Ubuntu. And partners in Apple, Citrix, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Sun and VMware.

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