Chocks away for OSS pilots

 8 February 2006

Spitfire Plane Despite fears about lack of technical support or commercial viability, European firms have been actively adopting open source software solutions over the past two years.

Today, almost 40 per cent of companies already use some type of open source software, and a further 8 per cent have plans to pilot it during 2006.

Utility and telecommunications firms, media companies, and public sector bodies lead enterprise adoption by a wide margin.

Forty-five per cent of the firms using open source have deployed it in mission-critical environments, although the vast majority (70 per cent) uses it for non-key applications.

Web server and server operating systems are the top two areas, with two-thirds of firms using alternatives like Apache, Tomcat, or Linux.

Usage for application server solutions like JBoss will also see heavy piloting activity in 2006. When it comes to the benefits of using open source, it's all about cost: An average of 72 per cent of European firms claim lower total cost of ownership and lower acquisition costs as the key advantages over commercial software.

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