The Perfect Storm: Why Now is the Time for Open Source


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Source: Red Hat
Date: October 2009
Type: White Paper
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Overview: The current state of the economy has led to substantial budget restraints and increased pressure on IT departments. These pressures have given IT departments the opportunity to take a closer look at open source solutions. This closer look has revealed that open source solutions are much more than affordable.

This paper serves as an introduction to open source solutions with a description of the open source value proposition, summaries of various open source IT stack components, and qualities that one should consider when researching open source vendors. Ease of use, high performance, management capabilities, security, and scalability are only some of the open source benefits that are discussed in this paper. Key reasons, including cost, innovation, quality, and choice, that open source is increasingly attractive when compared to commercial propriety software are also discussed.

The majority of organizations are now using, planning to deploy, or comparing their proprietary solutions with open source solutions. These solutions are allowing IT departments to reduce their operating expenses while providing increased technology functionality and support. These solutions also also giving organizations the chance to seize strategic advantage that will carry them past the current economic conditions and position them for success in the long term.

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