New report from O’Reilly highlights benefits of open source software over riskier open core alternatives


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REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Instagramclusrwhich helps enterprises deliver applications at scale by leveraging and supporting their open source data infrastructure, today announced the findings of The advantages of open source and the risks of open corea report created by O’Reilly with input from Instaclustr.

The 40-page report outlines critical – but often misunderstood – differences between open source and open core models. It highlights the distinctive and specific benefits of open source, including global communities that work together to continually improve software, transparent communications and open archives, and licenses that guarantee the rights to use, modify, and software sharing. Organizations that leverage fully open-source technologies also benefit from the ability to own, port, and use their code however they choose, regardless of the vendors they work with. Open Core, on the other hand, mixes open source and proprietary code into what are ultimately proprietary offerings. While open kernel vendors often entice customers with the promise of unique proprietary features and open source freedoms, this is more often not the case.

Among the key findings of the O’Reilly report:

  • Open source users value flexibility and freedom as much as free licenses.

Technology leaders with deep experience in software provisioning tend to prefer free and open source solutions for several reasons. Open source software allows organizations to avoid vendor and technical lock-in. Building their applications around open standards allows for strategic changes to alternative technologies, as needed, without the need to modify code or change established processes. Technology leaders also find that new staff can often work productively with familiar open source tools from day one, eliminating much of the tedious training required with lesser-known proprietary offerings. Community participation to drive healthy open source projects, adaptability, tool compatibility, and the absence of licensing limitations complement the benefits of open source cited in the O’Reilly report.

  • Customers of open core vendors often take risks they don’t understand.

Partly because of the similarity of the two terms, the report found that many organizations actually struggle to understand whether they have access to open source or open core solutions. While honest presentations of open core offerings are simply a legitimate business model, many open core vendors aren’t as transparent. For example, open kernel vendors may attract customers with fully open-source community editions that aren’t actually viable, or suddenly end support for community editions in an effort to force customers to adopt their proprietary offerings. paying. Open-core licensing often prevents customers from owning their own code, sealing an intentional trap that captures users with vendor lock-in.

  • Open Core Practices have long-term negative impacts on customers and suppliers themselves.

Besides customers losing the open source flexibility and freedom they probably thought they were getting, the open core often has a negative impact on vendors as well. Open-core providers can start out with good intentions, but fall into their own trap when trying to balance community stewardship and commercial pressures. These pressures translate into incentives that then limit community contributions, especially when vendors fear losing control of their solutions to their most innovative communities.

“When we say open source software is free, it’s not just about price,” said Peter Lilley, CEO and co-founder of Instaclustr. “The freedoms that fully open-source technologies offer enterprises represent transformative advantages for building powerful and versatile technology stacks. Unfortunately, many open-core solutions serve as a warning about what can happen when end users (and even vendors) don’t prioritize freedom, flexibility, and community. The O’Reilly report digs deep to provide complete clarity on the state of open source versus open core, and is worth reading in its entirety for any technology leadership team.

Read the full report here:

About Instacluster

Instagramclusr helps organizations deliver applications at scale through its platform for open source technologies such as Apache Cassandra®, Apache Kafka®, Apache Spark™, ​​Redis™, OpenSearch™, Apache ZooKeeper™ and PostgreSQL®. Instaclustr combines a comprehensive data infrastructure environment with hands-on technology expertise to ensure continuous performance and optimization. By removing the complexity of infrastructure, Instaclustr allows companies to focus internal development and operational resources on building cutting-edge customer-facing applications at lower cost. Instaclustr’s clients include some of the largest and most innovative Fortune 500 companies.

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The advantages of open source and the risks of open core

A new report discusses the differences between the two models.

Source: Instacluster


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