The open source Cloud is creating ripples with increased adoption and better efficiency. Pupul Dutta evaluates the prospects of this technology.
Despite improved efficiency and technological advances, CIOs continue to be apprehensive about open-source software. Some of the reasons for such apprehension are: the availability of service and support, legal issues etc.
“Besides, the usual challenges, the maturity of these products often comes into question. Another thing is the total cost of ownership wherein, though the software is available for free, the ongoing maintenance and support costs are high. Moreover, the non-standard environment increases costs and time to resolve issues as they arise,” explained Sridharan Mani, CEO and Director, American Megatrends India.
It is also believed that the user friendliness of proprietary software is better as compared to open source software.