The Myths of Open Source
It isn't all about cheap: Companies keep finding good reasons to take advantage of open-source software.AT FIRST GLANCE, the company Employease seems unremarkable. But look a little closer. Employease, which provides employee benefits administration services to more than 1,000 organizations across America, has an IT architecture chiefly built around open-source software, which makes it a rare birdnot that it was planned that way when the company was founded in 1996. "Its been quite a surprise to me. The open-source model just seems intuitively wrong," says John Alberg, the companys cofounder, CIO, CTO and vice president of engineering. But the facts speak for themselves.
The companys 25 production application servers run on Red Hat Linux, having been switched from Windows NT in July 2000. Webpages once delivered by Netscape are now served by Apache, supplemented by Tomcat, an open-source Java servlet engine. Send an e-mail to Employease and its processed by Sendmail, an open-source mail server, while the companys software developers use XEmacs, an open-source development tool.