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Open source buyers less price conscious

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Enterprises rank price and total cost of ownership as a low priority when they choose between an open source and proprietary software solution, according to a new survey from Evans Data.

Depending on the business segment, performance, product maturity, features and developer community were the key drivers for organisation to choose an open source product.

Large enterprises often use open source software as a way to standardise on a single platform that's based on open standards. Small and medium sized organisations more often than their large counterparts specifically ask for an open source solution because it is perceived to be more flexible, the Evans Data study said.

The outcome of the survey is noteworthy because discussions about the differences between the Linux and Windows operating systems often revolve around the cost of each solution.

While Linux is available free of charge, some studies have suggested that the total cost of ownership for the operating system is higher than Windows because of additional maintenance cost.

"While cost wasn't a primary motivator to adoption, cost was also considered something that [firms] were willing to pay for in the form of services and support," John Andrews, Chief Operating Officer with Evans Data, told vnunet.com.

Evans Data surveyed about 500 enterprise IT managers and conducted in depth interviews with 40 organizations for the study.

By Tom Sanders
vnunet.com

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