The Value of Open Source in the Cloud Era

Book description

Two significant shifts characterize computing in the past two decades: the widespread use of free and open source software (FOSS) and migration to the cloud. How have these trends influenced one another? O'Reilly, in collaboration with IBM, conducted a survey of software development professionals during the fall of 2020 to discover the complex relationship between these two trends.

More than 3,400 respondents from a variety of software disciplines, including developers and managers, indicated that FOSS is maintaining and perhaps even increasing its influence in the cloud age. The survey demonstrates that these professionals have a strong loyalty to open source software, which is motivated by real career benefits and greater professional opportunities. For instance, 95% of respondents agreed that experience with Linux was valuable to their career. And 70% of respondents prefer a cloud provider that's based on open source.

This report delves into more key survey findings, including:

  • The number of respondents who use open source software in some aspect of their operations
  • How open source software stacks up against proprietary software
  • The career and professional benefits that open source technologies provide
  • How many respondents have chosen cloud providers based on their use of open source software
  • The software technologies that respondents consider most important
  • And more

Product information

  • Title: The Value of Open Source in the Cloud Era
  • Author(s): Andy Oram
  • Release date: February 2021
  • Publisher(s): O'Reilly Media, Inc.
  • ISBN: 9781098103279