by Bruno Lima
Long an acquaintance and ally of government institutions, open source is no longer considered rocket science by the enterprise.
Companies find open source attractive because they’re not tied to one vendor, can make improvements in the system at any time and realize cost savings, all helping boost market penetration. And, of course, there’s the benefit of communities continuously improving the products.
In the outside world, governments are strong sponsors of this type of initiative, especially in Brazil, where the use of free and open source software is encouraged to make the market more democratic. And, of course, the market has become increasingly more open to open source. While there were once concerns about the reliability, security, and functionality, those fears are all gone. Red Hat has made it possible to combine the benefits of these technologies with the necessary support for mission-critical environments, developing platforms and the specific demands organizations face.
Open source clearly has the world’s attention right now, and in my view, this will continue for a long time. Through emerging technolgies and especially the cloud, more and more solutions will increasingly rely on open standards. From mobile to aerospace research, open source is everywhere. The only question that remains is at what speed companies incorporate open source technologies into their solutions, as it’s clearly become the best path to success for many organizations.
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