Cloud Computing: How Open Source Is Changing Enterprises

Grazed from LifeHacker. Author: Spandas Lui.

There was once a time when IT vendors shunned the idea of open source. Why wouldn’t they? The idea of sharing their very own programming innovations with others was viewed as detrimental to any competitive business. But nearly 20 years on, open source is now in vogue and has been embraced by some of the biggest IT vendors and their clients. So what changed? We find out.

The popularity of open source, believe it or not, has little to do with cost. Yes, the free nature of open source means that vendors can acquire and build upon those codes at a lower cost but, first and foremost, it’s about consistency. Open source allow vendors to develop different software and platforms that are compatible with each other...

This provides assurance for enterprises that are throwing a chunk of money into software from one vendor. They can rest easy that even if that vendor’s business goes tits up the offering can still be supported by another...

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