CIO published an article
highlighting 5 cheap (or free) software that can be afforded during
financial crisis. Their recommendations are:
Office ($0) instead of Microsoft Office ($110 for basic
Thunderbird ($0) instead of Microsoft Outlook (lots
of security issues)
($0) instead of Quicken ($30 for starter edition)
($0) instead of Sharepoint ($5K for five licenses)
instead of Windows (non-zero cost, always virus-prone ;)
All the recommendations are open source and can be downloaded and used
without any hidden clauses. In all cases the open source version is at
par and sometimes better than the commercial version. And of course
there is always the agility factor. You enounter a bug, somebody in the
community fixes it (on priority if you have support subscription),
patch available in the nightly and you are back in
Here are some more recommendations ...
instead of Oracle Weblogic or IBM Websphere
instead of Oracle Enterprise or IBM DB2
instead of Windows
instead of IntelliJ
instead of VM Ware or any other virtualization software
- and many more here
All these options are completely open source with a full enterprise
support available from Sun
Now some actual price comparisons using GlassFish
and MySQL Unlimited
That's $3 million savings over a period of 3 years!!!
And if the number of sockets/cores go up, that's just additional money
you are wasting during this financial crisis. With GlassFish
starting at $25,000 - no counting cores, sockets, support incidents,
servers or auditing - you can deploy unlimited GlassFish instances for
the same price charged for one WebLogic Enterprise Edition. GlassFish
explains the value of buying subscription for
Here is another comparison for Total
Cost of Ownership for MySQL
compared with other databases:
Can your apps scale more than Google, Facebook, Yahoo or Wikipedia ?
All these sites are powered by MySQL. Do they need to be more reliable
than telco vendors such as Vodafone ? Again powered by MySQL.
In an open source world, why have a "30-day" evaluation period ?
In the times of financial crisis, why spend extra money when there are
other better options available with HUGE savings ?
Open Source software is indeed a great
way to cut costs
. And Sun Microsystems offer a wide
varitey of open source offerings (GlassFish, MySQL, OpenSolaris,
VirutalBox, Linux, NetBeans and many others) that can help you during