Navigating Your Cloud Journey With Open Source Tooling

Once you’ve migrated to the cloud, the journey is not done! Organizational demands and business objectives are continuously evolving, placing ongoing pressure on  infrastructure and applications. Russell Coombes, VP of Cloud Services at Shadow-Soft, shares his ideas on how open source tools can help you on your cloud journey.

To take advantage of the cost benefits, flexibility, and scalability of the cloud, IT operations turn to tools that help automate key aspects of infrastructure provisioning, configuration, security, and management, as well as tools that help automate the building, upgrading, management and scaling of applications.

Thanks to innovations from the open source communities and commercial open source vendors, a range of open source tools are taking leading positions in supporting today’s cloud operations and application modernization initiatives. These tools are reducing manual tasks and bringing greater automation and speed to different aspects of cloud management and application development, supporting digital transformation efforts.

What is Enterprise Open Software Being Used For?

  • 53% IT Infrastructure Modernization
  • 43% Application Development
  • 43% Application Integration
  • 42% Application Modernization
  • 42% Digital Transformation
  • 40% DevOps

Source: Red Hat Survey 2019, The State of Enterprise Open Source

Making the Most of the Cloud with Open Source Tools

The open source movement has been fundamental to many of the advances in cloud, big data, IoT, AI, and other emerging technologies. With software increasingly at the core of today’s digital business models, products, and operations, the need for continuous innovation across all aspects of software development and IT operations has become key to competitive survival and business success.

With a boom in the adoption of mobile, IoT and AI technologies, the volume of data that a business has to manage has grown, and continues to grow exponentially. The cloud is a significant enabler in how such large volumes of data are stored and managed, supporting greater flexibility, collaboration and scalability.

Without the open collaborative model that is the trademark of the open source movement, much of the tooling to support the evolution of today’s digital and cloud-based business would not have been possible, and certainly not at the rapid pace we have witnessed.

Open source makes technology more accessible and affordable to all.

Related: Learn how to accelerate DevOps on AWS with Open Source Tooling (Ebook)

Open Source versus Commercial Open Source Tools

As companies migrate to the cloud, they are faced with decisions on what tooling to use to build, manage, and monitor the infrastructure and applications securely and efficiently. Not only is there a wide range of modern tools to help automate different aspects of cloud management, but there are also the options of open source versus commercial tools. There is no right or wrong answer here. It is more a matter of weighing the organization’s needs against the benefits of either approach.

Open source tools have the natural advantage of being considerably less costly than commercial software. They also have the ongoing support of a wide community of contributors to work on feature improvements and bug fixes, although this happens at the pace and prioritization of the community. However,  the business itself can be a part of the community, whereby their own developers contribute code and influence the direction of the project. But open source software carries some risks as it is not supported in a typical enterprise-grade manner. It also can lack the stability that is associated with enterprise software.

So while open source tools may appear to be free, there are inherent costs to an organization in adopting this approach. To address this a commercial open source model has emerged that mitigates the risks of open source while leveraging the benefits of open innovation in a supported and enterprise-ready way. Companies like Red Hat have led the way in this model, taking open source software that is backed by an active community of contributors and optimizing this for the enterprise in order to deliver more stable, secure, and supported software products, that still benefit from the cost, innovation, and agility of open source.

Final Thoughts

There are a number of tools that can support you on your AWS environment. To learn more I recommend your download our new eBook, Enabling DevOps on AWS with Open Source Tooling, which outlines some common open source tools to help with provisioning and configuring your infrastructure on AWS, building and deploying containerized apps, securing your AWS environment, and monitoring your resources.


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