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Open source technology
provides better security, reveals IDC survey
According to IDC’s survey
report The Momentum of Open Source: Adoption Plans and Challenges in
Australia, Korea, India and the People’s Republic of China, the top most
influential factor for deploying open source technology was better
protection against security breaches.
The study, which presents the results and analysis of the IDC Exclusive
Software Adoption Survey, conducted in 2007, examines the current and future
adoption trends of open source technology, as well as the reasons for
deploying open source technology.
The survey results suggest that organisations in India and the People's
Republic of China (PRC) deployed open source technology more than their
counterparts in Australia and Korea. Furthermore, as expected, a larger
number of small and medium size businesses (SMBs) in all four countries were
deploying open source technology compared to large businesses.
“The results indicate that organisations perceived open source technology as
providing better security compared to proprietary products," said Prianka
Srinivasan, Market Analyst at IDC's Asia/Pacific Software Research team.
“Though cost-efficiency remains a key decision factor, the results also
suggest that organisations look forward to leverage open source technology
to primarily fulfill their requirements for specific functionalities instead
of widespread deployment.”
When segmenting the data by company size, it emerged that SMBs in all four
countries deployed open source technology primarily to ensure protection
from security threats, which is similar to large organisations in Australia,
India and the PRC. Large organisations from Korea, however, cited better
management tools and utilities as the leading factor.
"IDC believes that open source technology and software will appear in the
higher end of the application stack in the coming years. Commercial vendors
of open source software will need to provide extensive support and training
services, as well as address the issues of interoperability, in order to
take advantage of the addressable market for open source technology in the
region,” added Srinivasan.