Open Source Adoption On The Upswing
The current trend in business economics and the higher costs of the proprietary software
have prompted firms and businesses to seek low cost yet highly functional alternatives to meet their data and business integration requisites. Some of the recent researches and surveys conducted among the top business firms across the globe indicate that a critical group of businesses across all the industrial niches has considered, piloted or deployed the open source integration solutions
are planning to do so.
Though cost is the most significant reason and the key factor which is fuelling the transformation from the proprietary integration to open source integration, but there are several other advantages as well, which have been cited by the IT decision makers for open source adoption.
The Open Source Drive
As we are heading towards a data and resources driven IT landscape, the integration and mobility have become few underlying needs for any company or IT enterprise. Traditionally the higher flexibility and low cost of the open source integration products have driven the market, but the trend and offerings have completely changed now. These days, open source is not just known for cost savings, rather it offers a broad spectrum of benefits which are quite difficult for any proprietary integration solution to even match. This is why the general acceptance for the open source products, services and solutions is increasing.
Why Open Source Integration?
Many tech experts today argue that why we need to give away the proprietary integration solutions to adopt the open source. There are a plethora of answers to this fundamental question – why open source integration. This post brings an insight into the top 10 reasons that you should choose open source integration for your businesses.
Cost is the first and foremost factor that becomes the basis for any company that wants to which from the conventional and proprietary integration software to its open source counterparts. The proprietary integration software come with colossal licencing fee while on the other hand, the adoption cost associated with even the most feature-rich enterprise versions of the open source integration frameworks is quite low. In fact, the simpler and basic versions are available completely free of cost.
2) Source Code Visibility
Cost is the most underlying factor behind open source adoption. But, the fact that it provides the developers with the visibility into the source code along with the flexibility to customize the source code as per their requisites. Also, the source code visibility helps in the better troubleshooting for the business problems encountered on day to day basis.
3) No Vendor Lock In
One of the most significant benefits offered by open source integration products is that there is no vendor lock-in, as it is with the proprietary products. Developers get the complete freedom to decide which tools to use and where should they deploy their application. Unlike the proprietary software that enforce lock-ins, open source software believe in maintaining open standards.
The best part is that the access to the source code implies that regardless of the fact that what happens to the open source integration solution provider, the users will always be able to use it and will have the ability to provide support to their applications.
4) Open Source Promotes Collaboration
Open Source, as many know it, is the result of the work performed by a community of the open source developers on the source code. The multitude of effective solutions and innovative ideas shared within the strong development community not just strengthens the products and promotes collaboration but also provides visibility into how other developers are solving their complex integration issues. Thus, companies can find solutions to the multifaceted problems while having an access to a broad array of useful tools.
5) Active Product Roadmap
The community support to the open source integration solutions equips any organization adopting it with an amazing level of flexibility and manageability. As a vast community supports, uses and improves the open source integration frameworks and solutions, improvements are continually incorporated into the open source integration products, ensuring that the open source integration suites and frameworks can be deployed successfully for a variety of diverse use cases.
6) High Performance
With cutting edge and edge caching technology, the open source integration products possess the capability to deliver high performances even in the most complex scenarios. The ability to perform transactions much faster enables the open source integration products and frameworks to support the businesses’ integration requisites in the most efficient manner.
Another captivating benefit which the open source ESBs and integration software offer is scalability. Businesses are expanding at a fast pace these days, and thus, their requisites are bound to increase with time. In such scenario, any integration product that they deploy must support scalability, else it will become worthless to use after some time. The open source integration products are scalable and can be flexibly expanded to support the ever increasing needs of the businesses.
8) Product Maturity and Critical Workload Support
The business respondents, who have been using the open source integration software for all the integration tasks subsuming the mission critical workloads, support this category of integration software with a big vote. Integration tasks are either mission-critical or complex, and thus require the products with substantial quality, reliability, security and manageability traits. Open source products have successfully passed the mission critical tests for various critical workloads and use cases.
Security is one of the most vital requisites on which every software solution, whether proprietary or open source, must perform well. Open source does not compromise security and provides end to end protected ecosystem to ensure that the enterprise data, resources and other entities stay protected, completely secure and free from any outside attacks.
10) High Availability
Most of the open source vendors back their software solutions with utmost reliability and guaranteed delivery. The high availability feature ensures that the open source integration software solutions perform well in the most demanding environments. For instance, Mule ESB by MuleSoft is an incredible open source ESB providing unmatched integration solutions.
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