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8 Advantages of using open source in the enterprise

Partners: Red Hat

Speaker: Lee Congdon

I work with IT teams that are so passionate about Red Hat’s open source mission that they bring a "default to open source" mentality to every project we work on. We’ve been quite successful in finding open source solutions for many of our business needs. Naturally, we turn to our own open source solutions for our operating system, middleware, and cloud needs. Beyond that, we always seek out open source solutions first for our other business needs, such as user authorization and telephony.

It’s through these first-hand experiences that I’ve reflected on the reasons why open source is a good fit for the enterprise. Here are some fundamental advantages I believe open source offers over proprietary solutions:

Flexibility and Agility


As an example, today I could stand up an OpenStack instance, a Red Hat Enterprise Linux instance or the community equivalent thereof, or a MongoDB instance, and I could do it on my own with the open source software available freely over the Internet. I could start building a project, or a platform, or testing feasibility or developing my skills.

If I were to attempt to do that with similar proprietary products from VMware or Microsoft or Oracle, I would spend days or weeks simply negotiating terms and conditions and fees just to get started. Or, at a minimum, I’d at least have to go through an extensive process to sign off on some sort of pilot project with their sales organization.


Cost Effectiveness

Ability to Start Small

Solid Information Security

Attract Better Talent

Share Maintenance Costs

The Future

Open source is a good investment in the future.

Where are you using open source now? And where would you like to be using it in the coming year?

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Written by Lee Congdon, Red Hat CIO