Forrester Surveyed Lots of Room for Open-Source Growth (Apr. 4, 2009) — Forrester Research suggests that we’re at the front end of a long cycle of open-source infrastructure and application adoption.

forrester-logoForrester Research found that 45 percent of all companies using open-source software for mission-critical applications, the adoption seems to be slightly thin, leaving a great deal of room for even more adoption.

Huge swaths have adopted open-source infrastructure like the Linux operating system, JBoss application server, MySQL and PostgreSQL databases. But the bigger and longer-term opportunity appears to be in open-source applications, which have only lightly been adopted, according to the survey.

Red Hat has built a $650 million business by selling support for Linux and JBoss, a business that continues to grow and thrive. This, however, is a tiny tip of an enormous $222 billion enterprise software iceberg, with enterprise applications making up a huge chunk of that iceberg.

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  • April 5, 2009 at 4:01 am

    Whilst this study is positive for the growth of open source software, I do fear the figures are slightly wrong. There is no mention of apache web server, which accounts for 60% of the web server market. Also Firefox (whilst not mission critical in all cases) is gaining ground on closed sourced browsers. I would believe the market is bigger than 45% and that open source awareness is a key area for the community to build on.

  • April 5, 2009 at 7:01 am

    reading comprehension issues? apache is there…

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