Open Source, The New Rage!

Published on: Tue, Mar 03, 2009 , Updated on Tue, Mar 03, 2009 Courtesy:


According to  a recent survey among 360 web developers conducted  by Evans Data Open Source Development , 40% of  them, working on open source projects prefer to provide web service applications through cloud providers.

Among cloud users 28 % of them use Google’s App Engine, while 15% use Amazon services. Cloud services by other vendors like Microsoft, IBM, and Sales force, are not very popular.

"As costs increase for power, staff and data center resources, more businesses are being attracted to the latest promise: moving more of the company's infrastructure and applications into a third-party provided cloud," stated John Andrews, president and CEO of Evans Data Corp. "Many companies are using this model to not only reduce infrastructure costs but simultaneously increase their computational capabilities."

Other major highlights of the survey are:

1. Just over half of web developers (52 %) use Linux in a virtualized environment.
2.  MySQL is still preferred the open source database for developers. Two thirds of them use a SQL database, either open source or commercial, while only 10 percent use a relational database management system.
3.  One in five web developers use the Flex programming language
4. More than half of web developers want a scheduling tool that lets them consolidate and centralize their technical processes.
5. Data synchronization (19.1 percent) is also a popular among open source data integration users.

Survey participants use a combination of commercial applications, open source solutions, and databases utilities to meet their data integration needs. The survey has shown that web developers use both open source and commercial solutions (31.2 % of respondents) In fact,  it is proven that Open Source Solutions often complement an existing proprietary solution.

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