Open Source Gets IT Scrutiny
As platforms like Linux contend for mission-critical status, they must pass rigorous evaluations.Once smuggled through back doors into the stolid world of corporate computing, open-source software is now beginning to get the full red carpet treatment at enterprises such as Visa International Inc. and Edmunds.com Inc. As open-source platforms including the Apache Web server and the Linux operating system make their way through the front doors of enterprises, however, theyre increasingly being put through the same rigorous evaluation methods that corporations have used for years to select technology standards from among proprietary options. This means open-source software must pass muster in terms of scalability, reliability and security. And organizations are paying particular attention to support availability and total cost of ownership when evaluating open-source software (see story, "Six Questions to Ask About Open Source").
"We definitely look at open source more critically," said Jack Cate, senior systems administrator at automotive Web site Edmunds.com, in Santa Monica, Calif. Edmunds.com started out using Apache and has since increased the number of open-source tools it uses.