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Open Source in the Enterprise: Challenges and Myths

Open source is all the rage, but isn't exactly easy to adopt. An Interop ITX speaker offers some tips.

The open source movement is hotter than ever, giving IT teams a growing array of alternatives to proprietary solutions. The rise of cloud, containers, and software-defined technologies has helped fuel the trend. In networking, the number of open source options has practically exploded in recent years.

But for enterprise IT shops, implementing open source technologies and getting involved in open source projects can be challenging. I recently met with Eric Wright, principal solutions engineer and technology evangelist at cloud and virtualization company Turbonomic, to get his take on the challenges. Wright, who participates extensively in open source communities, said open source can provide tremendous benefits, but IT pros may need to let go of some misconceptions to make it work.

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Eric Wright

Wright, who is a VMware vExpert and Cisco Champion with background that includes OpenStack, will team with other experts to lead an all-day Open Source Summit at Interop ITX in May.

One of the most commonly cited challenges with open source in the enterprise is a lack of support, but Wright said that's really more of a myth.

[Read more about the myths and misconceptions surrounding open source on Network Computing.]

Marcia Savage is the managing editor for Network Computing, and has been covering technology for 15 years. She has written and edited for CRN and spent several years covering information security for SC Magazine and TechTarget. Marcia began her journalism career in daily ... View Full Bio
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Rapid pace of change in the software is biggest challenge
I don't think support is open source's leading challenge, provided there's an active community. In general, it is the difficulty a normal IT staff has in keeping up with the frequent changes and updates and testing them against production systems.
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