Open source users in Asia/Pacific swayed by security issues

National characteristics affect what users want from open source implementations researchers find

The most influential factor for deploying open source technology is better protection against security breaches, according to an IDC survey of open source adoption plans and challenges in Australia, Korea, India, and China.

The survey results suggested that organisations in India and China deployed open source technology more than their counterparts in Australia and Korea. Furthermore, as expected, a larger number of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in all four countries were deploying open source technology compared to large businesses.

"The results indicate that organisations perceived open source technology as providing better security compared to proprietary products," said Prianka Srinivasan, market analyst at IDC. "Though cost-efficiency remains a key decision factor, the results also suggest that organisations look to leverage open source technology primarily to fulfil their requirements for specific functionalities instead of widespread deployment."

When segmenting the data by user's company size, it emerged that SMBs in all four countries deployed open source technology primarily to ensure protection from security threats, which is similar to large organisations in Australia, India, and China. Large organisations from Korea, however, cited better management tools and utilities as the leading factor.

"IDC believes that open source technology and software will appear in the higher end of the application stack in coming years. Commercial vendors of open source software will need to provide extensive support and training services, as well as address the issues of interoperability, in order to take advantage of the addressable market for open source technology in the region," Srinivasan added.

Len Rust is publisher of The Rust Report

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