Open-source software in the data center

There is a place for it, but it won't do everything.

In fact, cost is not the major factor at Opus. "We often look to open-source projects as a way to get our feet wet with a specific technology so we can see if a product type meets our needs and the needs of our clients without spending money on the corresponding commercial solutions," Sherwood says. Currently Opus is looking at open-source products for SAN functionality, network management and network control.

Open source is also a way to solve a problem, add a new service or perform some other function that has not yet been budgeted for, or "has not been proven as truly useful and worth pursuing," he says.

Because open-source projects, in general, "do not move forward at the pace of the commercial packages," Sherwood says, his company was looking at more development costs to add functionality or change open-source packages to meet its own needs. So one "hidden cost" of open source, he says, is what it takes internal developers or outside contractors to modify an open-source package. However, in some situations, "commercial offerings are far too costly or lack the necessary functionality required and, therefore, are not a good value. In these cases, open source may be a good solution."

Still, for the foreseeable future, most observers say that open-source will coexist with proprietary packages in the data center.

"As [open-source] packages become more reliable and feature-rich, their popularity will undoubtedly grow among businesses attracted to the relatively low cost of implementation," say EMA's Brasen. "It's unlikely, however, that open-source solutions will completely replace commercial products."

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Julie Sartain

Computerworld
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?