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June 2013, Volume 2, Number 6

Open source movement makes its way into the proprietary data center

Companies are increasingly comparing open source applications with commercial, proprietary applications. As commercial software costs escalate, the attraction of the open source movement has become more pronounced. Open source application software has long been viewed as a niche solution that is not suitable for mission-critical business processes. In the past, it was limited to academic settings. But a new variant of this model has emerged that provides commercial-grade software support and legal protection from IP indemnification. Enterprise-class, open source application software has the potential to become the preferred solution. How to embrace the open source movement Linux operating systems have become a dominant factor in data center operations across the globe. Users have the option of using public domain Linux solutions, or commercially supported versions that provide support options and service-level agreements. Other widely used open source solutions include content management software, application server utilities ...

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