Gartner Research

Should I Use Open Source in My Infrastructure?

Published: 26 February 2015

ID: G00271630

Analyst(s): Arun Chandrasekaran , Andrew Lerner


There are many open-source infrastructure solutions, but OSS does not always save money or reduce vendor lock-in. I&O leaders can use this research to identify why and when OSS infrastructure should be preferred.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Use a Decision Matrix Based on Costs, Risks and Skill Set to Determine If OSS Is Right for You
    • Open Source Is Not Free
    • Risk
    • Different Skill Sets Required
  • Determine Which Business Model of OSS Will Best Suit Your Needs
    • Business Model: Commercial Support for OSS
    • Business Model: Dual Licensing
    • Business Model: Open Core
  • Ask Prospective Suppliers Five Key Questions

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