Enterprise Linux Log

Jul 22 2007   10:30PM GMT

Alfresco study: Enterprises evaluate on Windows, deploy on (Red Hat) Linux


Open source content management company Alfresco Software, Inc., today announced the immediate availability of its first-ever global survey of trends in the use of open source software in the enterprise.

The “Alfresco open source barometer survey,” conducted April through June 2007 using opt-in data provided by 10,000 of the 15,000 Alfresco community members, showed that Windows is increasingly a popular evaluation platform for open source software but most enterprises use Linux when they go into production.

The survey also asked users about their preferences in operating systems, application servers, databases, browsers, and portals to capture the latest information in how companies today evaluate and deploy open source and legacy proprietary software stacks in the enterprise.

“The survey found that the U.S. is leading open source adoption globally,” Dr. Ian Howells, Alfresco chief marketing officer, said. “We believe the Global 2000 is seeking innovation and better value for their technology investments whereas in Europe open source adoption is often driven by governments seeking better value for their citizens. The research also showed that the U.K. lags behind in the adoption of open source suggesting less government emphasis compared with other European countries such as France, Germany, Spain and Italy.”

We’ve blogged about that before. In “The world can live without Microsoft,” I took a look at some of the countries outside the United States that had either dumped Windows entirely or — in the case of brick and mortar governments — started with Linux from the very beginning. It seems that Alfresco — a U.K. company — proved just as much in their survey about open source.

There was some Linux news to be had too, however. According to the survey, deployments of Red Hat have grown at a rate twice as fast as Novell SUSE since that company’s controversial November 2006 patents and interoperability agreement with Microsoft. Alfresco’s Howells suggested that this finding means “that customers may not like the terms of the deal as more information became public,” but I’d argue Red Hat is simply the (*much*) more popular commercial distro right now, in addition to having not signed on Redmond’s dotted line. Believe it or not, there are some IT managers out there who are still interested in what Novell and Microsoft can bring to the table in the name of Linux-Windows interoperability. I think the crowd at BrainShare 2007 was a good indicator of that belief.

The survey studied how enterprises evaluate, test and deploy both open source and proprietary software around Alfresco’s enterprise content management system. For all that, I suggest you high-tail it over to their open source barometer web site and get your fix. The executive summary and complete survey results are available online at www.opensourcebarometer.org

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