Red Hat expects enterprise use of proprietary software to decline in favor of open source

Red Hat recently released a report in which he mentions that he expects the use of proprietary software in companies to decrease in favor of the use of open source.

The Red Hat report, published attempts to measure how companies view business-oriented open source software within their organizations. As a provider of open source software and related services, Red Hat has a vested interest in the report's findings.

The affinity that the Red Hat report finds among companies that open source software seems to affect the way they select their suppliers. According to the report, approximately 82% of IT administrators "are more likely to select a vendor that contributes to the open source community."

The reasons are "they are aware of open source processes" (49%), "they help maintain healthy open source communities" (49%), "they can influence the development of features we need" (48%), and "they be more effective if faced with technical challenges” (46%).

Currently, panel says 45% of its software is proprietary and expects that figure to drop to 37% in two years. In the meantime, open source enterprise software is expected, which currently represents 29% of the organizational software mix, grow up to 34% during the same period. And community open source software, currently at 21%, is expected to see a slightly smaller gain, reaching 24% in two years.

That's the opinion of 1.296 IT executives from around the world, surveyed in Red Hat's fourth annual edition, The State of Enterprise Open Source.

"While the open source development model may have started in the developer, hacker, and visionary playing field decades ago, we've already outgrown that," Paul Cormier, president and CEO of Red. Hat, said in the report. . “It is now an integral part of commercial software development and the driver of consistent innovation, from the server room to public clouds to the edge and beyond.”

"We're seeing more direct engagement from enterprise end users in open source," said author Gordon Haff of Red Hat. “Automotive Grade Linux and the Academy Software Foundation are two good examples of collaborations with strong end-user business involvement. Offices of open source programs in end-user companies are also on the rise.

However, Red Hat suggested that buying enterprise open source products offers a way to give back “because a vendor like Red Hat uses a portion of that revenue to pay engineers who contribute to upstream open source communities or to support various projects.”

Respondents see security as a benefit of open source, with 89% saying that open source software is "as secure or more secure" compared to proprietary code.

Haff, a technology advocate at Red Hat, writes that anyone familiar with the computer industry should recognize that this is a change from the situation ten years earlier, when open source software caused more concern than open source software. proprietary applications.

However, the most frequently cited security benefits are not that bugs are possibly more visible in open source code or that open source code can be easily audited. By contrast, at least for those surveyed, the main selling point of security is the ability to "use well-tested open source code for our internal applications" (55%). After that, "security patches are well documented" (52%), rapid availability of patches (51%), number of eyes on code (44%), and ability to audit code (38%) .

About 80% of IT leaders surveyed plan to increase their use of open source for emerging technologies. These are things like AI/ML, edge computing/IoT, containers, and serverless, which are currently used by 71%, 71%, 68%, and 61% of organizations surveyed, respectively.

Currently, organizations report using enterprise open source for modernization of IT infrastructure (62%), digital transformation (54%), application development (52%), and application modernization (48%).

Kubernetes ranks high in enterprise open source, with 70% of IT managers saying they use container technology and around a third saying they will use more in the next 12 months.

Companies, however, face obstacles that prevent them from consuming more packaging. For 43%, a lack of skills makes adoption difficult. Another 39 percent say they don't have the development staff or resources to continue containerizing. About 33% say they don't have any containerization apps, and 29% say they just don't have time.

Finally if you are interested in knowing more about it, you can consult the details in the report released by Red Hat, for this you must download it from this link.

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