IDC PlanScape: Open Source Enterprise Systems Management Software Strategy
This IDC study helps organizations build the business case and a road map for open source systems management software to support enterprise systems, cloud systems, and DevOps infrastructure management requirements. Open source communities have become a focal point for innovation across many infrastructure software segments, including systems, cloud, and DevOps management. Free community-based distributions are available for technically savvy organizations that want direct access to the source code and the very latest innovations. Commercial open source distributions offer integration, hardening, backward compatibility, and support services to help mainstream enterprises consume open source innovation in the same way they take advantage of proprietary or closed source commercial software.According to Mary Johnston Tuner, research vice president, Enterprise System Management Software, IDC, "Open source communities are helping fuel the development of a new generation of agile, scalable, and highly innovative monitoring, analysis, automation, orchestration, and configuration management software technologies." Turner adds, "While each organization will make its own decision about when and where to take advantage of open source systems management software strategies, the rate and pace of innovation taking place in the open source arena should definitely be factored into any future enterprise systems, cloud, or DevOps management software purchase or strategy decision."