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Open Source Software Dominates the Enterprise

A recent Red Hat survey ( has uncovered something that might not surprise anyone in the open source world – that open source software is dominating the large-scale business IT landscape. In fact, the results of this survey indicate that proprietary software is on the decline, while open source software is seeing a dramatic rise in deployment.

From the survey, 95 percent of respondents claimed that open source is strategically important, while 36 percent said it was very important. Of those respondents, only five percent declared open source was only somewhat important.

The survey also indicated that 77 percent of respondents agreed that enterprise adoption will continue to grow, with 45 percent saying it will increase slightly and 32 percent stating it will increase significantly. Only 22 percent of respondents claimed open source adoption will remain the same and one percent replied to say it would slightly decrease.

What areas are finding the highest rate of open source adoptions? According to the survey respondents, those areas are:

  • Security – with 52 percent of respondents claiming it as a top usage
  • Cloud management tools – with 51 percent of respondents claiming it as a top usage
  • Database – with 49 percent of respondents claiming it as a top usage
  • Big data and analytics – with 47 percent of respondents claiming it as a top usage

Finally, the benefits of open source software in the enterprise was broken down by respondents claiming that higher quality software, lower total cost of ownership, better security, better cloud-native tech, and safer levering of tech were the top benefits of using open source software.

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