A recent survey of deployment trends by open source content management firm Alfresco indicates that the tradition of customers using open source technologies for application test and evaluation and proprietary for production deployment might be reversing.
The Maidenhead, UK-based company surveyed 10,000 members of its software community and found that they are more likely to evaluate on Windows before deploying on Linux. According to the results, while there was an even split between those evaluating Alfresco on Windows (42%) and Linux (43%), when it comes to deployment, Linux wins hands down, with 52%, compared to 29% for Windows.
The survey also noted that Novell’s controversial interoperability and patent deal with Microsoft may have had a detrimental impact on the Linux vendor, with deployment growth on SUSE Linux lagging behind that of Red Hat.
Deployments of Alfresco on Red Hat have grown twice as fast as Alfresco on Novell SUSE since the deal was announced, with Alfresco’s chief marketing officer, Ian Howell’s making a direct link between the two. This finding suggests that customers may not like the terms of the deal as more information became public, he said.
According to survey, Ubuntu is the most popular Linux distribution for Alfresco deployment with 22%, followed by RHEL with 21%, Fedora on 16%, and Debian and SUSE both on 14%.
The results also indicated a strong commitment towards an open source stack for Alfresco deployment. At the database level Apache Tomcat scored 65% for evaluation, JBoss 18%, and Sun 10%, while the percentages for deployment were 48%, 22%, and 10% respectively.
At the database level, MySQL scored highest with 50% for evaluation, followed by Postgres with 23% and Oracle with 15%, while the percentages for deployment were 40%, 28%, and 19% respectively.
The Linux distribution share figures indicate a strong community-support element that will naturally sway the results in favor of open source, but the responses relating to Windows and Novell are nonetheless interesting.
It is too great a leap to suggest that Linux is replacing Windows in production deployments, but the reversal of traditional roles indicates a growing confidence with the open source operating system.
While criticism of Novell’s deal with Microsoft has been strongest from community users, the fact that Novell’s adoption growth is flat in a growing market is not a good sign.