Open source 'ready for the enterprise': Ovum

ESR to provide greater options for IT managers

Open source software has been found to be functionally sufficient across most organsations and its advancement enables IT managers to choose from a variety of options, according to Ovum.

A new report, Enterprise Search and Retrieval: Exploiting all of the organisation’s information assets, by Ovum analyst, Mike Davis, found that the development of open source software has provided IT managers with more options.

“Free-to-use open source enterprise search and retrieval (ESR) solutions are now ready for the enterprise,” he said in a statement.

“We believe enterprises should start with open source options when looking for a search solution and only go to the big players if open source is unable to deliver what they need.”

Davis found that the functionality of open source software is generally sufficient for the requirements of most organisations.

“There is now a range of mature open source products which have functionality that is sufficient for most organisational needs,” he said.

The report also found open source ESR to be one way the enterprise can wade through a growing volume of data, with the amount of digital information captured, replicated and created in 2010 reaching almosy 985 exabytes.

The release of the report follows Ovum’s warning IT managers to be aware of the risks that social media may pose to their organisation this week.

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