Open Source

Open Source

The Value in Adopting an Open Source Methodology

Open source is described as code that is designed to be publicly accessible—anyone can see, modify, and distribute the code as required. Open source software (OSS) is developed in a decentralized and collaborative way, heavily relying on peer review and community production. It is often cheaper, more flexible, and has more longevity than its proprietary peers because it is developed by communities rather than a single author or company.
Some software has source code that only the person, team, or organization who created it—and maintains full, exclusive control over it—can modify. People call this kind of software proprietary or closed source software. Only the original author(s) of proprietary software can legally copy, inspect, and alter that software. In order to use proprietary software, computer users must agree that they will not do anything with the software that the creators have not directly permitted.  Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop are examples of proprietary software and are thus not open source. While this kind of software is still important and used regularly, bug fixes and updates can take a little longer to come to market.

The Business Benefits of Open Source Technology

Cost Savings

Open Source provides dramatic savings through lowered software & hardware costs.

No Vendor Lock-In

Lack of portability, expensive license fees and inability to customize are disadvantages of proprietary software.

Scalable Growth

With varied options for clustering, load balancing and open source applications you can easily scale up for growth or consolidate and achieve more with less if needed.

Flexibility

Users of OSS benefit from the freedom to modify the software in a way that best suits their unique business needs. It is not confined by the rigid user agreement associated with proprietary software.

Reliability

Thousands of expert developers work on creating and constantly improving the open-source software. Another pair of eyes is always a plus, but in this case, it’s hundreds or thousands of eyes.

Security

With so many contributors, security issues are addressed more quickly thus making it usually more secure than closed sourced software.

Common Misconceptions About Open Source

Driving early adoption of open source technology can be simple by addressing these common myths. Download the infographic from Microsoft Azure to learn more.

Myth: Open Source is Not Secure

Openness is definitely an asset. If developers have access to code, they can address security issues faster thus making it usually more secure than closed sourced software. Large open source projects are less likely than commercial closed source software to include bugs and security vulnerabilities since communities are likely to fix bugs and vulnerabilities and release the fixes faster than single authored commercial software.

Myth: Open Source is Not Compatible With Proprietary Programs

Open source implements the same industry standards that mandate compatibility as proprietary software, and in many cases open source integrates better with other systems than proprietary software.

Myth: Open Source is Not Enterprise-Grade

Some of the largest, most prestigious companies in the world—including Microsoft, Google, IBM, New York Stock Exchange, and Harvard University—utilize open source. A majority of organizations, 68%, have increased their use of enterprise open source and another 59% plan to continue that growth, a survey conducted by Red Hat shows. Download Red Hat’s 2021 State of Enterprise Open Source below to learn more.

How Open Source Can Benefit Your Business

Our focus is on simplifying the transition to new technologies. We architect, integrate and automate hybrid infrastructures – enhancing the utility of existing technology and delivering advice for modern solutions. With roots in IT infrastructure, DevOps and Open Source, we support our clients as they navigate through the complexities of modernization, capitalizing on the value captured by transformation.
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