Many computer users and businesses hear the term open source bandied about but don’t really have any idea what it actually means. Read the full definition here, it may confuse you some more, but basically the term means that it’s an open platform on which developers can create their own apps and improve the platform, making it something of an ongoing collaboration. Of course, if you have been following our blogs, then you will already know the cost-saving benefits of cloud in general and whilst cloud built on open source platforms, such as the many versions of Linux that are available are popular, some people will always prefer to work with familiarity offered by a Windows- based infrastructure.
Open source is used liberally in all kinds of industries, with cloud being the foremost open source innovator. This is only set to improve as the recent (ish) launch of OpenStack has proven, with OpenStack attracting 206 companies in 84 weeks.
2011 saw 10% of new open source projects aimed at enterprise and 72% chose Linux over Windows, who saw just 35.9% opting for the biggest OS in the world. As you can see from the infographic, open source platforms have a lot to offer, according to the research carried out in order to make it.
Linux-based platforms are eating away at Microsoft’s dominance finally, along with Apple, especially due to the Vista version of its software. Whilst this could be seen as more of a consumer issue, it goes across the board and enterprises are taking up more and more of the market share.
Open vs Closed
Just 15% of servers now run on Microsoft IIS, whilst a whopping 61% of servers now run on Apache – this illustrates the decline of Microsoft’s enterprise market-share and proves that open source is looking like the way forward.
The fact that open source software is said to be more cost-effective, faster to deploy and less attacked more than likely has something to do with it too. We hope you enjoy the infographic below, which gives a better overview than we have space to write about here.