Ten years ago, no one could have imagined that large enterprises would be using open source software for their most mission-critical of mission-critical applications. But that’s a reality nowadays. Look into the IT infrastructure of most companies, and you will find various combinations of open source operating systems, open source middleware, open source databases, open source development tools and open source applications.

Various industry surveys I have worked on for clients trace the growth of open source and Linux. Open source application servers or middleware lead the list, used by three out of four companies. About half now have the open source Linux operating system at their sites for various applications, and about a third have deployed open source databases.

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