The $7 billion worldwide market for IT management software is on
the cusp of a dramatic change, and once again open-source solutions
are driving the transformation. Much like Apache during its initial
rise to prominence in Web servers, open-source IT management
products, such as Nagios, have matured rapidly and now offer
competitive functionality and greater flexibility over proprietary
platforms at a fraction of the cost.
"It's no secret that proprietary IT management platforms are
criticized for being monolithic, inflexible, difficult to use and
expensive to manage..."
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