The concept of "open source" or free software sharing dates back more than 50 years ago when the majority of software was written by computer science academics and corporate researchers, often working in collaboration. Since that time, open source and the Internet collided and with it an influx of open source software surfaced and has continued to gain momentum well beyond expectations.
From a techie's point of view, when many hear the term "open source" the first thought that comes to mind is Linux -- which was specifically developed under the model of free and open source software. Today it is said that the Linux operating system has been ported to more computer hardware platforms than any other OS(1). And by the way, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, the Linux operating system continues to grow as the preferred OS technology in the server market.
For many, leveraging open source tools in research or other fields is a challenge - possibly because of no dedicated system administrator or limited Linux expertise in-house. When it comes to high performance computing (HPC), open source is pervasive because HPC is where innovation happens first. However, regardless of the field of expertise or the number of resources, software remains a major pain point for many organizations trying to fulfill IT demands that are driven by burgeoning business objectives, competition, and increased storage and data management challenges.
So, as an organization faced with constrained budgets, why not turn to open source software?
Despite the benefits, there are hidden costs associated with deploying and maintaining open source software(2).
Join us for a Webinar on November 27th where we delve into the "Hidden Costs of Open Source" and take a look at the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). This "live" Webinar will offer valuable insights and some pragmatic approaches that blend open source and commercial software.
(1)Linux, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux
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