Gartner Research

Why SaaS Is Both a Threat and an Opportunity for Open Source

Published: 15 June 2015

ID: G00275837

Analyst(s): Mark Driver


The adoption of open-source software and software as a service continues across mainstream IT investments. Here, we examine the potential synergies as well as competition between OSS and SaaS.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Many SaaS solutions rely on the economies of scale afforded by open-source technologies to support their value propositions
  • SaaS adopters must understand how a lack of source-code-level access within SaaS solutions may impact the flexibility they expect in equivalent OSS investments
  • Similar TCO profiles create new competition between OSS and SaaS solutions, in many cases limiting the direct appeal and influence of OSS beyond supply-side cloud technology providers

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