ServerWatch: Real World Open Source: The TCO Question

“How much is this going to cost me? The question may be the
lifeblood of business, but the answer is all too often an alchemy
of knowns and unknowns, hard figures, and soft projections.
Occupying the gap is a cottage industry of studies, surveys,
analysts, and pundits weighing in on the big, bad, broad comparison
of total cost of ownership (TCO) between commercial and open source

“Some suggest that less than 30 percent of an organization’s
software TCO is in upfront costs (e.g., sale price or licenses),
while the rest is in support and know-how…”


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