When you look at big software projects, most of them are open source by now. Some new data about this comes from a survey conducted by RightScale
. 64% per cent of all respondents do plan to use a private cloud in the near future. 41% per cent are so convinced of available open source solutions, that they only want to use those. Another 29 % wants to use a combination of Open Source and VMware options. Only a last 29 % do not want to use Open Source solutions.
Buyers are influenced by moves of big tech companies
Why is that? For once the moves of Google, Facebook and other big players have changed the expectations of all others. If these giants think it is better to open source what would have been considered a companies core asset not long ago, this might be the right way.
Hope for worldwide developer support
And, quite obviously, only open source software can hope to get the support of developers around the world, at least in most cases (the Apple app store being a notable other model here).
Then, as another reason, the notion of software being accessible and basically free is a market driver. Everyone nows, there are costs to actually implementing all the open source solutions, but they are spent not on liscenses, instead they go to developers and coders trimming big packages to what a specific organization needs. This is a big factor in making the adoption of cloud computing easier around the world and in many different types of companies.
Forbes.com has published an article about this new development, listing up current positioning the different main offerings, like OpenStack, CloudStack and Eucalyptus.
The conclusion by author Joe McKendrick:
"With open source clouds, resident IT managers can unshackle their operations from expensive legacy systems, and more cost-effectively build highly standardized sets of services that can compete with comparable — and likely more generic — public cloud services. This makes IT departments more competitive in the age of cloud, and as a result, everyone has more choice."
Forbes: Increasingly, Clouds Are Built the Open Source Way