Alfresco, a company that publishes a open source ECM, does also feature a Open Source Barometer over at http://www.opensourcebarometer.org. According to their own saying; “The Alfresco Open Source Barometer survey is the largest open source enterprise infrastructure/stack survey. The third global survey covers data provided by over 25,000 of Alfresco’s 74,000 community members during the period of April to September 2008. “.
Since the Barometer shows us a door into the Enterprise open source usage what can we learn from it?
For Operating System we see that RedHat and Ubuntu are the clear leaders for Linux deployment. Look at how much Ubuntu has caught up. Ubuntu is not as long in the business as RedHat and I hear a lot of people taking on the Ubuntu Server. Looks like RedHat has to be on the look out. A obvious thing is that most will develop and test on Windows, but will deploy on Linux.
We see that Tomcat is still the most used Application Server, as it is our choice of server with Razuna, our very own open source Digital Asset Management, with over 67% compared to JBoss with 17%. The choice of database is with most the famous MySQL, followed by Oracle.
Thought that with the recent 10 million download for OpenOffice we see that MS Office is still the most used business application and despite the growing numbers of XEN marketing VMware is still the choice for most businesses to deploy Virtualization on.
One thing that really stood out for me is that Open Source is really at the “Long Tail”, that most businesses will go with a mixed stack (Open Source and proprietary software) and that Microsoft will have a impact on the Enterprise world and the Open Source community with their aggressive partnership. One thing I can tell from my own experience at a recent BizSpark introduction event is that MS will make inroads with a lot of businesses and startups.
A big thing for RIA and Adobe Flex is that 24% of the 25000 questioned community members take to Flex, that is second after 52% on Ajax and way ahead of the 8% of MS Silverlight.