Open source software and similar solutions are chosen by many – why? In some cases, users prefer the idea of proprietary software that is backed, probably by a tech giant. Many others prefer the interoperability, and various other benefits open technology provides. In the end, the choice rests on individual company requirements and goals. But, for companies who are still doubtful about making a choice, here are nine reasons why open source should be the obvious choice.
1. Pricing and Cost Effectiveness
The most significant advantage of most open source models is that they are usually free – you won’t have to pay usage or licensing charges. Some proprietary cloud models may start off as free packages for you, but the customer ends up having to pay some way or the other. Another significant aspect of differentiation in open source vs. proprietary is upgrades and updates. With proprietary products, minor updates could be free, but customers have to pay for major ones. On the other hand, the collaborative nature ensures that all upgrades and updates are free and accessible to everyone. The core ideology behind it is a community and global technological development, not profiting.
2. Open Source Advantage – Security
With open source, you have an entire community of industry professionals developing and updating the products constantly. This collective operation results in better security. Proprietary products can be safe, but they don’t have that perspective diversity in a broader community. Data breaches can happen in either environment – just that the way things are resolved works differently, too.
3. Ability to Avoid Vendor Lock-ins
With proprietary software, vendor lock-ins are often a concern. The term means that the product used with a proprietary vendor cannot be taken or used through another vendor. Knowledge transfer among competitive companies is considered taboo. In contrast, open cloud products are flexible and allow customers to switch between providers if need be, without any hassles. Multi-environment compatibility is also a specialty of open source.
4. Source Code Modifications
Proprietary cloud products don’t allow any changes to their source code. This is advantageous for companies who want to keep their service stable, without any modifications for longer times. Only the product owner can make source code changes if need be. Open tech cloud products allow for changes to the source code and result in higher flexibility. If a new feature needs to be added to the product for smoother functionality, it can be done quickly with the help of a developer team.
5. Faster Deliverability
Open source software offers a comprehensive collection of tools, modules, plug-ins, etc. As the code becomes available over the Internet, the developers can swiftly solve multiple faster.
In case there are problems with such software while in a project, the community of developers around the project can solve the issue for you. All these aspects help your projects without wasting time.
6. Interoperability Support
The term ‘interoperable’ means that the communication between applications and systems is based on accepted standards and protocols. Open source supports interoperability. Standard-based APIs help connections with any system. This function helps applications communicate with diverse systems that have services distributed across multiple domains.
7. User Documentation
Another essential attribute of open source is product documentation. With such documentation, the knowledge is accessible to a wider audience, unlike proprietary products. Hence, open source documentation leads to better knowledge transfer and learning opportunities for users worldwide, regardless of whether they are paying customers or not.
8. Wider Support Network
As open source software is an approach where a large group of programmers collaborates without profit or company interests, the support options are robust. Ideas from all over the world combine here, and all support systems can be creative and extremely useful to anyone involved. A dedicated community with vast combined experience is ever ready to offer help that companies need.
9. Ensures Tech Agility
Open source is an excellent choice for enterprises looking for tech agility. It offers many ways of problem-solving, and every project serves particular needs. In open source, every part of the application is accessible, allowing for maximum customization. With such software, enterprises can avoid wait times and add features and functionalities to the product if you have a team of open source developers or similar support.
VEXXHOST Cloud Solutions
At VEXXHOST, we are proud to be running open source-based cloud solutions to customers and associate with four major open source foundations and contribute to the growth of the industry and technology. We provide OpenStack-based clouds with the help of projects continuously developed and updated from these communities, including public clouds and dedicated and highly secure private cloud environments,
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