Open Source for Enterprise
If an enterprise is looking to utilize open source software, understanding what it means to use open source is crucial.
OSS is driving global innovation. There are thousands of free open source projects today and the number continues to grow each month. Instead of starting from scratch, developers can use open source projects as free foundations for innovation.
If your team is considering integrating open source to your software stack, there are several factors and technologies to evaluate as you consider.
Consider this your guide to enterprise open source.
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Introduction: What is Open Source?
Open source software (OSS) is software with source code that is open to the public to learn from and edit. The software is released with a license that gives users the right to manipulate how the program works and runs. It can also be freely redistributed after being altered.
What is Your Open Source Strategy?
There are several benefits to open source software can such as cost savings, increased agility, and innovative technical capabilities. To reap these benefits, you need to implement a set of best practices. Establishing your open source strategy will help you overcome and mitigate the risks that come with adopting open source resources.
What kind of support do you need? How can you avoid vendor lock-in? Learn how to create a profitable open source strategy here:
Prefer to connect with an expert architect to establish your strategy? The team at OpenLogic by Perforce is ready to help you. Talk to an open source expert.
Quick Note on Open Source Licensing
Open source licenses set the conditions of how software code can be shared and the level to which the authors are protected. If your organization is going to use any open source software, you must be aware of the liabilities you will be held to.
Common OSS Technologies That Work Together
As you consider various open source solutions, it is beneficial to consider the technologies that will work together. The goal is to choose technologies that best meet your needs for every layer of your software stack (e.g., your databases, middleware, platforms, application runtimes, and monitoring).
For many organizations, their current software stacks have extensive vendor lock-in requirements. The idea of migrating to another solution is daunting. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way. Below are some of the most common technologies we recommend. Learn why and how to migrate to save on costs and free your team up to innovate.
Migrating to Open Source Technologies
Migrating from Oracle JDK to OpenJDK
Oracle now charges for its Java JDK subscriptions. Your organization may be looking into OpenJDK as an alternative to eliminate Java SE subscription costs. The OpenJDK development kit is the solution as it is feature parity with the Oracle codebase.
Resources to learn more about the benefits and support options of OpenJDK:
- Webinar: Oracle JDK vs. OpenJDK: What Just Happened?
- Blog: Oracle JDK Got Expensive. What are my options?
Migrating from RHEL to CentOS
CentOS is the free, functionally equivalent to RedHat Linux. Enterprises typically save 50% or more in overall licensing and support costs. Putting together a business case for migration to CentOS should be easy. Prove the cost savings to your team with our cost calculator.
Resources to learn more about the benefits and support options of CentOS:
- Blog: 7 Reasons IT Leaders Love CentOS
- Blog: How CentOS Support Works
- Webinar: Justify Your Migration from RedHat to CentOS
Ready to Migrate to CentOS?Free Datasheet: Make the Move From RHEL to CentOS
Migrating from Monolith to Kubernetes
Kubernetes has become the leader in open source container orchestration. In your current orchestration, you may be charged by the number of specific computes you have running. With Kubernetes, you don’t have to use all your resources at the same time. You can automate resources based on the necessity to save your money.
Resources to learn more about the benefits and support options of Kubernetes:
- Blog: Leaving Monolith Microservices for Kubernetes while keeping your humanity
- Blog: Architectural Breakdown: Transitioning Monolith to Kubernetes
Ready to Migrate to Kubernetes?
Open Source as a Service: Getting Support
Switching to new technologies is tough. And dealing with multiple vendors for support is even tougher. But you can get everything — enterprise support, software creating freedom, and cost-savings — from one open source support provider.
OpenLogic by Perforce delivers comprehensive support and guidance for hundreds of free community open source projects. You can confidently adapt them to boost agility, efficiency, and savings.
Learn About Your Support Options
- Blog: What Does Enterprise Open Source Support Mean?
- Open Source Support Report
- Open Source Support Case Study
It’s time to take advantage of all open source software has to offer. Looking for guidance or enterprise support for your OSS projects? Connect with one of our expert architects from the team at OpenLogic.