Alfresco's Barometer Says Users Want Open Source Alternatives

Lora Bentley

Alfresco's new Open Source Barometer hit the Web on Tuesday. The second iteration of the company's user survey on open source trends was three times larger than the first, covering 35,000 respondents.


The company explains:

Alfresco community members were asked about their preferences in operating systems, application servers, databases, browsers and portals to capture the latest information about how companies evaluate and deploy open source and proprietary software stacks around Alfresco's enterprise content management system.

Survey results place Ubuntu and Red Hat Enterprise Linux at the top of the Linux distribution popularity list, with 24 percent and 21 percent, respectively. MySQL controls the database space, preferred by 60 percent of respondents. Similarly, Apache Tomcat is the choice of 70 percent of respondents in the application sever space.


Why should we care about survey results from Alfresco users? IT Jungle's Timothy Prickett Morgan puts it this way:

...[I]n the absence of any alternative data -- or better still, an aggregation of data from a wide variety of open source products that are deployed by enterprises in productions -- the Alfresco barometer is a great conversation piece at the least and perhaps a true indicator of larger movements in the overall IT space.

Most significantly, the survey results reveal that users want open source alternatives in each category of software. Alfresco CMO Ian Howells told IT Jungle:

Companies want an open source standard bearer. So at each level in the stack, you will see one genuine open source alternative.

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