Enterprises Increasing Reliance on Open Source Software: Percona Survey

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  • It said that over the past disruptive 12 months, use of open source software was reported as increasing by 79 per cent of respondents
  • Large enterprise respondents were most likely to have moved databases and applications to cloud services

Enterprises have a deep appreciation for the value of open source software with 100% of the information technology (IT) decision-makers in a recent survey saying that “using open source provides benefits for their organization, says a survey of 200 IT decision-makers was conducted over the past month by Vanson Bourne and sponsored by Percona. It said that over the past disruptive 12 months, use of open source software was reported as increasing by 79 per cent of respondents

Of the 200 respondents, 25 per cent were from medium-size enterprises of 500-999 employees and 75 per cent were from large enterprises with more than 1,000 employees. They came from a cross-section of industries and had knowledge of open source software.

Large enterprise respondents were most likely to have moved databases and applications to cloud services. Just 15 per cent of large enterprises continue to have all their databases and applications running at their on-premises data center, compared with 29 per cent of medium-size enterprises.

The transition to the cloud was accelerated by the worldwide pandemic and demand for flexible, fast, and reliable technology. The report said that it is likely increase in demand led to an increase in costs — 68 per cent of respondents say that cloud infrastructure has become more expensive in the past year.

Nearly half of survey respondents indicated concerns over changing open source licenses

When asked about the benefits of using open source, 63 per cent of respondents cited increased innovation, 58 per cent cited improved security, while 50 per cent said cost saving, and 21 per cent said avoiding vendor lock-in.

It added, “Nearly half of survey respondents indicated concerns over changing open source licenses, such as the Business Source License (BSL) and Server Side Public License (SSPL). Respondents selected the following drawbacks: it will increase costs (44 per cent); it encourages lock-in (37 per cent); discourages engagement from the open source community (34 per cent); and discourages growth in the open source market (26 per cent).

The survey also asked how public cloud providers can contribute back to open source. 59 per cent said by providing better security, 48 per cent said by encouraging open source collaboration, 43 per cent said by improving existing code quality and 43 per cent said by enabling open source to run on their cloud.

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