The Hidden Costs of Open Source - The Application Infrastructure Blog Series
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'The Hidden costs of Open Source’ is the first in a new series of weekly application infrastructure blog posts. Topics in this new series will include: building agile, high performance batch applications; reaping the benefits of distributed caching; creating customized private clouds; industry specific application infrastructure offerings; regular interviews with developers and SMEs, and more.
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Most companies are looking for ways to reduce costs and many are looking to open source as a way to save money. While open source offerings may at first seem like a cost-effective solution, there are often hidden costs for open source solutions that make them much more costly in the long run. In single server environments running one or two web applications, open source application servers can be cost-effective solutions.
In these cases cost and simplicity are key considerations and security, scalability and manageability are less critical. For these scenarios IBM offers IBM®WebSphere®Application Server (WAS) CommunityEdition (CE), an open source-based application server with no license costs. For environments consisting of multiple application servers in clusters, however, open source application servers can be significantly more costly than closed source counterparts. Here are a few questions to address when comparing WebSphere Application Server (WAS) to JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP).
Are you willing to compromise on performance?
Customers demand high performance and reliable applications. This means that your applications must run fast, have high availability, scalability and dependable security.
Do you have the technology needed to deliver innovative applications to drive revenue growth?
Developing cutting edge solutions depends on being able to use the latest standards and programming models.
How much does it cost to manage your application infrastructure?
Efficient application management relies on reliable centralized management.
Do you have the documentation you need to loser training cost?
Have you considered the total cost of ownership?
When comparing open source software to licensed commercial software, it’s important to consider the total cost of ownership, not simply at software acquisition costs. An IBM Business Value Analysis has shown that software acquisition costs typically account for less than 20% of the total cost of ownership of a software solution. Other costs, like administration, training and hardware can be significantly higher for open source solutions and make them much more costly in the long run.
These are just a few of the questions to consider when comparing WAS to JBoss EAP.
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