Introduction -

The latest trend in the software industry these days is the adoption of open source technology. Companies are always trying to cut costs and stand out by presenting a different appearance in the worldwide market. Additionally, since clients in the modern world are looking for Cloud-based environments to develop their products and solutions in, there are many open-source cloud platforms like Openstack and Cloudstack which have risen to prominence. Open source adoption doesn’t just end at the evolution of software, but also entails upholding a set of values and principles such as collaborative participation, open exchange, transparency, rapid prototyping, meritocracy, and community-oriented development.

Many companies are attracted to open source software because of its differentiating factors with respect to other types of software. Some software contains source code that only party who created it—and exerts exclusive control over it—can modify. This kind of software is called "proprietary" or "closed source" software. Only the listed authors of proprietary software can legally inspect, copy, and alter that software. And in order to utilize proprietary software, computer users have to agree to abide by the terms and agreements set by the authors of the software that limit their activities with the software to what the authors have expressly permitted. Examples of proprietary software are Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop.

Open source software very different. Its authors make its source code fully accessible to others who would like to view that code, learn from it, copy it, share it, or alter it. Examples of open source softwar are LibreOffice and the GNU Image Manipulation Program. We at SNVA wholeheartedly support the creation and proliferation of open source software and endorse many of the modern open source licenses of today. We make sure that their legal terms differ dramatically from proprietary licenses.

Our experience includes -

  • Extensive knowledge and practical experience in replatforming from UNIX to Linux for several MNCs.
  • Years of experience in leveraging Open source and Linux platform for clients around the globe.
  • Skilled workforce that has years of experience in fine-tuning and implementing open-source solutions, including Linux, Open-source Databases, and Software Defined Storage to OpenStack and CloudStack solutions.
  • Our open source functional design and programming is carried out in a fully functional and well equipped Center-of-Excellence (CoE) labs located in US and India. One can visit client representatives at these locations to get a demonstration of our open-source solution stack.

Our open source service offerings include -

  • Unix-Linux – We perform re-platforming from Windows and Unix to Linux platforms for multinational companies efficiently and comprehensively.
  • Cloud solutions – Our opensource cloud model is a hybrid model which deploys both public and private cloud and which aims to cater to business and organizations enterprise requirements.
  • Virtualization – We conduct efficient migration of proprietary-code-based Virtual machines to Open source virtualization solutions in enterprises with a phase-by-phase program along with the coexistence of numerous hypervisors.
  • Database migration - Our open source practices contain well-defined frameworks and processes tied to the end users. We conduct migration of data from proprietary databases to open-source databases using open-source tools and scripts. Prior to the migration, we evaluate the Database (DB) landscape and deliver blueprints to highlight the future DB migration in a way that carries no risk and is efficient. We also provide post migration support to the clients in order to ensure constant improvement and business agility.

Advantages of opting for opensource solutions -

  • Adaptability - Commercial software programs and solutions are proprietary properties of the respective provider. So, only the vendor can access the source code. If one wants to perform software integration and extend functions, they will have to hire expensive consultant teams. If the manufacturer has no capacity or demand for a feature, it will not be developed at all or will only be made available at very high costs. With Open Source software, the public can access the entire source code. This affords a high degree of flexibility to the users and gives them the ability to make individual adaptations. Users can make use of functional extensions by themselves or with the help of IT service providers.
  • Independence versus Vendor lock-in – Companies become bound to the software manufacturer by using commercial software in the long term. Vendor lock-in makes changing to other options more difficult for clients due to proprietary ownership of data, technical barriers, or high exchange costs. But with open source software, license fees are mostly charged only for business and enterprise use. Adaptation, Integration, and further development can be carried out by organization teams or freely available IT service providers; organizations are not bound by service providers or individual manufacturers.
  • High quality software – There are a variety of benefits in the case of enterprise open source software solutions. Stability, high-quality source code, high performance, and a high level of security are only some of the benefits. Further development and a high level of innovation is ensured by global communities of users. They quickly discover and close security gaps. On top of that, Open Source projects usually have a much shorter time-to-market than proprietary and commercial software solutions, largely due to the large community.
  • Flexibility and agility – Flexibility and agility must be provided by IT leaders in an enterprise. There is a very competitive environment around agility and an enteprise must be able to be agile in their software development practices. Open source provides technology agility, usually providing numerous ways to solve a problem. Open source prevents your IT organization from being blocked because a particular feature isn’t being provided by a vendor. You can create any desired capabilities and fetaures yourself instead of waiting for a vendor to deliver them.
  • Solid information security – There is a constant process of peer review facilitated by crowdsourcing. Developers of the open-source community are constantly creating improvements, reviewing code, and addressing security vulnerabilities. All that is possible because of the absence of proprietary software restrictions. This process also keeps community members accountable for the changes they submit, and reduces the time it takes to release an update. Open source software (OSS) is built by a talented and skilled pool of developers that uphold values related to community collaboration and the open exchange of information. The open-source community is committed to enhancing and updating OSS so that it enables developers to gain freedom and flexibility to develop more impactful projects.
  • Cost - The majority of OSS is freely distributed, making it extremely cost-effective. OSS can be extended and altered by any developer having knowledge related to the source code. This is completely different from closed proprietary software. This gives organizations complete freedom from “vendor lock-in,” where they are dependent upon a single vendor to receive updates for their product. OSS ensures long-term viability due to thousands of developers supporting a widely endorsed OSS project that can be relied upon in the future.

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