Slow Adoption of Open Source Platforms?

A new report that has been compiled by cloud management company, Zenoss, has found that there has been a slow adoption of open source platforms so far. Around 600 people were surveyed in β€˜The State of the Open Source Cloud 2012’ and less than 1 in 5, around 18%, said that they have utilised an open source cloud management platform.

The top reasons that were given for this relatively slow adoption were lack of support, security, costs and, the number one reason, the maturity of open source platforms.

With cloud hosting currently increasing in popularity around the globe, open source platforms have perhaps lagged behind.

The report has also uncovered some other rather interesting findings, such as only 16% of those surveyed stating that they were currently using a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), although 30% of those who said that they were not currently using PaaS said they were interested to learn more and perhaps utilise it in the future.

Furthermore, North Bridge Venture Capital partner, Michael Skok also recently carried out a survey which found that 82% of users were using a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application. This was a survey of around 750 individuals.

Meanwhile, a Gartner report has recently found that SaaS has received the highest amount of investment so far with it being a $14 billion industry compared to Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) which is a market worth around $6 billion. Additionally, the PaaS market is said to be worth around $1.2 billion. These are still, therefore, massively large, significant industries around the globe.

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