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Open-sourced Technology Levels the Playing Field Between Tech Giants and Startups

freedomThe contest between proprietary technology and open source has been ongoing for a decade.Today, some of the most premium technology is open-sourced and free. Even Google's highly prized Borg software is becoming open-sourced.

After Google bowed to the pressure to make Borg an open source technology it’s safe to say open source is winning the tussle. In fact, the lines are expected to keep on blurring irrevocably as previous proprietary firms keep pouring their resources into the development of open source. Open source communities spread across the globe are producing the kind of technologies businesses require to remain competitive in a century that is so data rich that is making most tech giants to simply embrace open source.

Open source is now a movement recognized as an “ideas marketplace” with a scalability of partnership slowly creating a level playing field among tech giants and startups.

Government push for open source software

Governments such as that of India are pushing for the adoption and use of open source software capable of cutting licensing costs from giant companies such as Oracle, IBM and Cisco. This makes it mandatory for virtually every software service and application owned by the government to be created through open source software to ensure that every government project guarantees efficiency, reliability and transparency of the services at a cost that is highly affordable.

At stake are billions of dollars

Essentially, this move compromises billions of dollars tech giants are always eyeing; most have been making a killing from proprietary closed software. For instance, information technology spending for the government of India alone went up by 5.7 percent to almost $7 billion in 2015; software alone takes $860 million of that.

Great benefits with open-source

Open-source seemingly offers more benefits and the decision to move towards it is not as ideological as many might think but purely pragmatic; it leads to robust systems while avoiding lock-in. Open source also means lower cost, since no vendor is being supported to the chagrin of the others. It’s all about optimizing the cost devoid of the need to enter into vendor lock-in through the use of vigorous open source tech.

Public software, open source software

Most governments investing billions in tech are also indicating that software built through public funding has to remain open source. For instance, in a devolved nation, each state does not have to keep replicating the same application in case the app can be re-used. This means apart from tech being open source, policies on open application programming interface have to be available for every system being used around the nation since they are completely compatible with one another.

Giant tech companies going open source

Think about how many people are willing to give information away for free now. Even something as specific as fine-tuning SQL performance, can be open-sourced. Today, as Google bows to the pressure to make a version of its Borg software open source many other giant tech companies have been doing the same. Oracle for instance has been bashing open source for some time, yet the company currently has over 14 open source active initiatives and a sponsor of OpenStack Foundation. Back in 2013, it was announced that IBM was investing $1 billion into open source and Linux so that its customers could run big cloud computing and data solutions on the Power IBM Systems servers.

Every giant company, startup and individual users want high performance computing and only open source promises this in the long term.


Alex Espenson ProfileAlex Espenson is a technology writer with a passion for home automation, tech security and wearable smart devices. Currently acting a freelance consultant, Alex is free to write about the topics he's so enthralled by.



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Bob Gourley writes on enterprise IT. He is a founder of Crucial Point and publisher of CTOvision.com