Advantages of open source network operating system

I work with IT teams that are so passionate about Red Hat’s open source mission that they bring a “default to open source” mentality to every project we work on. We’ve been quite successful in finding open source solutions for many of our business needs. Naturally, we turn to our own open source solutions for our operating system, middleware, and cloud needs. Beyond that, we always seek out open source solutions first for our other business needs, such as user authorization and telephony.

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It’s through these first-hand experiences that I’ve reflected on the reasons why open source is a good fit for the enterprise. Here are some fundamental advantages I believe open source offers over proprietary solutions:

1. FLEXIBILITY AND AGILITY

IT leaders must fundamentally provide flexibility and agility for their enterprise. If you can’t compete on agility, you’re going to get left behind by the competition. Open source enables technology agility, typically offering multiple ways to solve problems. Open source helps keep your IT organization from getting blocked because a particular capability isn’t available from a vendor. Instead of waiting for the vendor to deliver that capability, you can create it yourself.

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As another example, today I could stand up an OpenStack instance, a Red Hat Enterprise Linux instance or the community equivalent thereof, or a MongoDB instance, and I could do it on my own with the open source software available freely over the Internet. I could start building a project, or a platform, or testing feasibility or developing my skills.

If I were to attempt to do that with similar proprietary products from VMware or Microsoft or Oracle, I would spend days or weeks simply negotiating terms and conditions and fees just to get started. Or, at a minimum, I’d at least have to go through an extensive process to sign off on some sort of pilot project with their sales organization.  

2. SPEED

Your enterprise will soon be competing on speed, if it isn’t already. Open source enables speed. A great advantage of open source is the ability to take the community versions, get started, understand whether they can solve your business problem, and begin to deliver value right away. Once you make that determination, professional support and services are increasingly available for open source products, especially those supported by Red Hat.

This allows you to get the best of both worlds — flexibility, agility, and the ability to get started quickly and inexpensively, with the ability to mature to a large scale, fully supported, enterprise-grade implementation, and you don’t have to go over proprietary licensing hurdles to get there.

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3. COST-EFFECTIVENESS

Open source is generally much more cost-effective than a proprietary solution. Not only are open source solutions typically much more inexpensive in an enterprise environment for equivalent or superior capability, but they also give enterprises the ability to start small and scale (more on that coming up). Given that enterprises are often budget challenged, it just makes financial sense to explore open source solutions.

4. ABILITY TO START SMALL

With open source, you can start small and quickly with community versions, and then migrate to a commercially-supported solution as your business requirements drive you there. If the project doesn’t require support, you can continue on the community version indefinitely. You have the option to try the various alternatives, pick the one that’s going to work, and then scale up with a commercial solution.  

5. SOLID INFORMATION SECURITY

Commercial open source has a solid information security record in a dangerous world. Obviously, it’s difficult to claim security superiority for any solution and it’s a challenging environment for all of us, but the responsiveness of the open source community and vendors relative to information security problems has been very good. The fact that we’ve had eyes on code that in some cases is decades old, and we were able to identify and fix problems when they became apparent, rather than have the code molder in a proprietary environment where few knew about the exposure but some were exploiting it, is an advantage of open source.

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6. ATTRACT BETTER TALENT

Open source gives enterprises the ability to attract better talent. Most professional technologists are well aware of open source and many believe it’s where the industry is headed. Many enjoy creating their own projects and having the ability to interact with others outside their enterprise to develop solutions. Giving developers flexibility and freedom can be an important tool in attracting better talent.

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7. SHARE MAINTENANCE COSTS

You can solve your enterprise problems while effectively sharing some of the maintenance costs. One of the fundamental advantages of open source is community involvement. Rather than writing an application and having to sustain it yourself, you can share the cost of maintaining and sustaining applications among multiple parties.

8. THE FUTURE

Open source is the future. Web, mobile, and cloud solutions are increasingly built predominantly on open source infrastructure. Some data and analytic solutions are only available in open source.

 

Future architectures are highly likely to be based on open source, as they are today in mobile solutions with the Android platform; web solutions, where the large majority of websites are based on open source technology; and cloud solutions, where almost all, with the exception of Microsoft’s cloud, are based on open source solutions as well.

Open source is a good investment in the future.

Where are you using open source now? And where would you like to be using it in the coming year? 

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Advantages of Open Source Software

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Open source software can have a major impact on your entire organization. There are several advantages of using open source software. The following are a list of the advantages of opting for open source software.

  1. Lesser hardware costs

    Since Linux and open source solutions are easily portable and compressed, it takes lesser hardware power to carry out the same tasks when compared to the hardware power it takes on servers, such as, Solaris, Windows or workstations. With this less hardware power advantage, you can even use cheaper or older hardware and still get the desired results.

  2. High-quality software

    Open source software is mostly high-quality software. When you use the open source software, the source code is available. Most open source software are well-designed. Open source software can also be efficiently used in coding. These reasons make open source software an ideal choice for organizations.

  3. No vendor lock-in

    IT managers in organizations face constant frustration when dealing with vendor lock-ins’. Lack of portability, expensive license fees and inability to customize software are some of the other disadvantages. Using open source software gives you more freedom and you can effectively address all these disadvantages.

  4. Integrated management

    By using open source software, you can benefit from integrated management. Open source software uses technologies, such as, common information model (CIM) and web based enterprise management (WBEM). These high-end technologies enable you to integrate and combine server, application, service and workstation management. This integration would result in efficient administration.

  5. Simple license management

    When you use open source software, you would no longer need to worry about licenses. Open source software enables you to install it several times and also use it from any location. You will be free from monitoring, tracking or counting license compliance.

  6. Lower software costs

    Using open source software can help you minimize your expenses. You can save on licensing fees and maintenance fees. The only expenses that you would encounter would be expenditure for documentation, media and support.

  7. Abundant support

    You will get ample support when you use open source software. Open source support is mostly freely available and can be easily accessed through online communities. There are also many software companies that provide free online help and also varied levels of paid support. Most organization who create open source software solutions also provide maintenance and support.

  8. Scaling and consolidating

    Linux and open source software can be easily scaled. With varied options for clustering, load balancing and open source applications, such as email and database, you can enable your organization to either scale up and achieve higher growth or consolidate and achieve more with less.

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Written by Jane