Open Source a Continuing Explosion

Sun's Strategy with Open Source is Working

All areas of Sun's open source products are seeing significant growth.  Most customers do not understand the revenue Sun brings in from open source.  Revenue in MySQL and Java each grew at 50% in the last quarter.  Some interesting numbers:

  • Sun has shipped its 100,000,000th JavaFX runtime.
  • Sun had 60,000,000 Java runtime downloads in one month.
  • Conservative estimates believe there are over 11,000,000 MySQL database servers running with over 70,000 downloads per month.
  • Well past 1,000,000 downloads of the MySQL 5.1 GA release since the end of November.  Getting close to 1.5 million downloads of the GA release.
  • 3,000,000 copies of OpenOffice 3 downloads in one week.

The Continuing Explosion of Open Source

I am seeing a constant explosion of open source everywhere I go.   I not only see more companies looking at using MySQL but lots of organizations are looking at open source solutions for all kinds of areas where they previously used proprietary software.  The changing economy is having more and more companies see how they can get lean and mean and find more cost effective solutions.  Everytime a license is up for renewal you will find companies looking for open source solutions.  Open source will continue to gain massive momentum for the near future.

Popular Open Source Solutions

There is a nice article that lists 25 popular open source solutions.  

I would definitely add OpenVPN, SVN and the RT ticketing system to popular open source solutions.  It's important to remember there is a difference between open source (open source definintion) and free software (free software definition).  If you are going to look at free software you also need to understand the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Enterprise and Community Editions

Also there are differences between commercial and enterprise versions of software.  Some examples include:

  • Red Hat Enterprise, Fedora and Centos
  • MySQL Enterprise Edition and MySQL Community Edition

The MySQL Community Edition is available for free download.  It is the leading edge version of the MySQL database software.  This version of for customers that are looking to work the latest features of the MySQL database server.

The MySQL Enterprise Edition is a license able version of the software.   Dependent on the version level of the license the following is available:

  • A more stable tested version of the database software.
  • Different levels (Basic, Silver, Gold, Platinum) of support (MySQL has one of the strongest reputations for support in the industry).
  • Different levels of the Enterprise Monitor along with the advisors. 
  • Query Analyzer

I'm always being asked whether someone should use the MySQL Enteprise or Community Edition.  One of the key factors is if your database server is down, what is the cost and ramifications to the business of the database server being down.  If the cost and ramifications are serious then I strongly recommend running a supported version.  Free is great, but free also involves risk.   The relative cost of the Enterprise Edition is very low and is worth the added protection and safety to the business.



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