Businesses increasingly rely on open source software


Businesses have a deep appreciation for the value of open source software with 100% of information technology (IT) decision makers in a recent survey stating that “using open source offers benefits for their organization”. The survey of 200 IT decision makers was conducted by Vanson Bourne.

The use of open source software is increasing among businesses

In the past 12 disruptive months, the use of open source software has increased by 79% of respondents.

Of the 200 respondents, 25% were from medium-sized companies with 500 to 999 employees and 75% from large companies with more than 1,000 employees. They came from a cross section of industries and were familiar with open source software.

Respondents from large companies were the most likely to have moved databases and applications to cloud services. Only 15% of large enterprises continue to run all of their databases and applications in their on-premises data center, compared to 29% of midsize enterprises.

Transition to cloud accelerated by pandemic

The transition to the cloud has been accelerated by the global pandemic and the demand for flexible, fast and reliable technologies. However, it is likely that the increase in demand has led to an increase in costs – 68% of respondents say cloud infrastructure has become more expensive in the past year.

When asked about the benefits of using open source, 63% of respondents cited increased innovation, 58% cited improved security, while 50% said cost savings and 21% said they avoided the supplier lockout.

Almost half of those surveyed raised concerns about changing open source licenses, such as Business Source License (BSL) and Public Server Side License (SSPL). Respondents selected the following disadvantages: it will increase costs (44%); it encourages confinement (37%); discourages the engagement of the open source community (34%); and discourages the growth of the open source market (26%).

The survey also asked how public cloud providers can contribute to open source. 59% said by providing better security, 48% by encouraging open source collaboration, 43% by improving the quality of existing code and 43% by allowing open source to run on their cloud.


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