The open source Cloud is creating ripples with increased adoption and better efficiency. Pupul Dutta evaluates the prospects of this technology
Though, people constantly differ in their opinion about the viability of open source software, if we take the examples of Amazon or Facebook, you can’t argue against its ability to run the biggest sites. About 80% of the leading public Clouds run on Linux. Given the on-demand scalability, multi-tenancy and high density computing; open-source is more appealing than any other available platform.
Despite these benefits, many CIOs continue to be apprehensive about the adoption of open source for various reasons.
Despite improved efficiency and technological advances, CIOs continue to be apprehensive about open-source software. Some of the reasons for such apprehension are: the availability of service and support, legal issues etc.
“Besides, the usual challenges, the maturity of these products often comes into question. Another thing is the total cost of ownership wherein, though the software is available for free, the ongoing maintenance and support costs are high. Moreover, the non-standard environment increases costs and time to resolve issues as they arise,” explained Sridharan Mani, CEO and Director, American Megatrends India.
It is also believed that the user friendliness of proprietary software is better as compared to open source software.
“Adopters of open source also face the challenge of getting skilled professionals who can offer the needed support,” said Venkat of Dell.
With open source deployment businesses are able to get up and running faster given the ease of downloading and deploying and using numerous solutions for free.
Though proprietary projects will continue to have their share of the market, they will continue to be under severe pressure due to the impact, penetration and innovation of open source platforms.
The good news is that every layer of the entire Cloud architecture is being well innovated and made available through open source projects now. So organizations that are tracking these developments and making talent investments in these would be far ahead in reaping benefits.
As always, the future belongs to those who take on new bets, try to look for newer ways to do things, and be more open and collaborative. And this holds true in the technology space and open source adoption as well.
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