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Still don't think open source hurts commercial software? Guess again

Jan 20, 2012, 18:01 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Krill)

"Counterarguments arose that there would always be a need for value-added commercial software and that even commercial software vendors benefit from technologies they can get via open source. But new research from Web application performance company New Relic does support the notion that open source is eliminating the need for commercial software, at least in the realm of Java application servers in the cloud computing space.

"New Relic studied more than 1,000 of its cloud-oriented enterprise customers to get feedback on how Java is being used. New Relic found IBM's commercial WebSphere application server was used just 1.66 percent of the time and Oracle's commercial application server, WebLogic, was used in 0.51 percent of cases. (Surely, Oracle had better numbers in mind when it acquired WebLogic in its purchase of BEA Systems for $8.5 billion in 2008.)

"Open source alternatives fared much better. New Relic found that 54 percent of those surveyed use Apache Tomcat servers, 16 percent use Jetty, and nearly 10 percent use JBoss. GlassFish, the open source application server Oracle inherited from Sun Microsystems, was used in about 3 percent of installations."

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