alfresco, survey, open source Alfresco Software announced the availability of its second global survey of trends in the use of open source software in the enterprise. The survey, touted as the largest-ever study of open source enterprise stack, revealed that deployments of Ubuntu and Red Hat Enterprise Linux have a market share of 24% and 21% respectively. Alfresco’s open source barometer was conducted throughout 2007 using opt-in data provided by Alfresco's 35,000 community members. They asked users a variety of questions regarding their preferences in operating systems, application servers, databases, browsers and portals to capture up-to-date information about how companies evaluate and deploy open source and proprietary software stacks in the enterprise. “Alfresco’s open source barometer addresses questions of how open source is used, who the leading vendors are and differences from evaluation to deployment, by geography and the trends overtime,” commented Dr Ian Howells, CMO, Alfresco Software. “Our goal is to provide a leading indicator of enterprise open source adoption trends, examining how and where open source is used in the Global 5000 enterprise stack.” Here are some results from the barometer: * Operating system: “Users evaluate on a Windows laptop and deploy on Linux." – The stats don't lie: 41% of evaluations were on Windows, dropping to 26% for deployments, whereas 51% of deployments were on Linux. * Linux: “Ubuntu and Red Hat pull away, SUSE remains flat by comparison in the US.” – Ubuntu 24%, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 21% * Windows: “Users stick with XP and 2003, Vista lags at 2%.” – XP 63%, Windows 2003 28% * Databases: “Sun still shines on MySQL." – MySQL 60%, Oracle 14%, MS SQL Server 13% * Application servers: “Tomcat dominates with largest market share in study.” - Tomcat 70%, JBoss Application Server 18% * Office suite: “When it comes to content it comes from Microsoft Office. However, users in Germany and France are twice as likely to use OpenOffice than in the US or UK.” – Microsoft Office 66%, OpenOffice 24% * Browsers and portals: “For content and mashups browsers preferred.” – Browsers 59%, Portal 41% * Virtualization: “If it is virtual it is VMware." – VMware 61%, Microsoft Virtual Server 16% * ECM usage: “Users want a SharePoint alternative for document management, web content management and increasingly collaboration that runs on Windows, Linux, MySQL or VMware.” – The top three content management and collaboration requirements were - document management 67%, web content management 43%, collaboration 34% Some other interesting open source tidbits: * “Open Source creates a clear leader at each level in the stack.” – Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), MySQL, JBoss, Tomcat. * “Open source has a geographic long tail, reflecting global demand fulfillment” – survey participants come from 260 countries – US 24%, EMEA 50% and ROW 26% * “A project’s roots can turn the world up-side down” – Worldwide RHEL usage is double SUSE. In Germany, use of SUSE is 4 times that of RHEL. * “Users don’t want to be tied and require flexibility to change over time.” "We are very pleased that Ubuntu is consistently the most popular Linux platform on which to trial or implement Alfresco", commented Jane Silber, COO of Canonical UK Ltd. "Alfresco ECMS is rightly recognized as one of the best open source content management systems, and the combination with Ubuntu is clearly very attractive to many businesses. Implementing business critical systems through open source software like Ubuntu and Alfresco has never been easier." Alfresco is an open source provider of ECM software and boasts more than 300 paying customers worldwide, with a skew towards Global 5000 organizations, including Boise Cascade, Electronic Arts, Kaplan, NASA, and several of the world’s largest financial services companies. Regular updates on the open source barometer survey are available at computerworlduk and the open source berometer also has its own page on Facebook. Visit Alfresco to register for the Alfresco Content Community.