Open Source Website Development- Benefits of Opensource Development
Article by Abhimanyu Sharma
Opensource development is a need of the day. Everyone wants to have opensource development, be it telecommunication systems, inventory, accounting, personal productivity applications, contact management and operating systems amongst others. Open source software can have a major impact on your entire organization. There are several advantages of using open source software.
Lower Hardware Cost
Proprietary system has their own requirements of hardware and that is expensive. You need their own servers to run a website whilst in case of opensource you can use other opensource operating system etc. which conversely demand low cost hardware for instance Linux and open source solutions are easily portable and compressed, it takes lesser hardware power to carry out the same tasks when compared to the hardware power it takes on servers, such as, Solaris, Windows or workstations. You can use cheaper or older hardware power and still get same results with opensource development.
Opensource software are not low quality software they have their own standards and they maintain very well. Most of the opensource software are well designed and also efficiently used for coding. This way they are ideal choice for the organization. When you use opensource source code is available that allow high degree of customization.
No Vendor Lock-in
Every IT manager has experience when they dealing with the vendor lock-in software. Their frustration is well known. In case of opensource you never face such embracing situation. There are other disadvantages with proprietary software and that are lack of portability, expensive license fees, inability to customize software, etc. Opensource gives you freedom to address these all disadvantages.
With opensource you can get benefits of integrated management. Open source software uses technologies, such as, common information model (CIM) and web based enterprise management (WBEM). These technologies enable you to integrate and combine server, application, service and workstation management. This integration would result in efficient administration.
Opensource enables you to install license several times. You can use it from any location and it will be free from any tracking, monitoring or counting license compliance. You are free from the all tensions.
There are big communities behind the opensource software. They are ready to serve you in different needs and problems. Their support is freely available. Most organization that creates open source software solutions also provides maintenance and support.