Red Hat released 2022 “Enterprise Open Source Survey”, nearly 90% of respondents affirmed the security of enterprise open source software

Red Hat released its 2022 “Enterprise Open Source Survey”, 82% of respondents said they would prefer to choose suppliers that contribute to the open source community to some extent, and 89% of IT leaders believe that enterprise open source software has at least As secure as proprietary software.

Red Hat releases its 2022 Annual Open Source Survey for the Enterprise. Consistent with previous surveys, Red Hat also found several unexpected stats this year, such as 82% of respondents saying they would choose vendors that contribute to the open source community to some extent, or a high % IT leaders believe enterprise open source software is at least as secure as proprietary software.

The upstream contribution of the open source community plays an important role

For a long time, Red Hat has observed that the key to customer interest in enterprise open source software is its affordability and availability. However, corporate attitudes have changed over time, and the key benefits of enterprise open source software have shifted from lower cost of ownership to benefits that provide better quality, security and accelerated innovation; a surprising 82% of respondents The respondents indicated that they would prefer to choose suppliers contributed by the open source community to some extent.

The proportion of respondents this year is roughly the same as last year, so it is no accident that the survey results are similar to last year’s again. Digging deeper into the reasons, Red Hat speculates that the level of vendor contribution is related to the positive benefits that can be brought, such as participating in upstream contributions can affect the development of features required by the enterprise.

Enterprises demonstrate mature understanding of open source development models

Respondents selected contributing vendors because they were familiar with the open source process and helped keep the open source community functioning, indicating a more mature understanding of the open source development model than Red Hat expected. The open source development model assumes that the product value created by adopting open source projects will flow back to the open source community, and such a virtuous cycle is seen as the most effective model.

IT decision makers also pointed out that many buyers usually do not view the value of proprietary products and enterprise open source products from the same perspective; unlike proprietary products, enterprise open source products usually have a more complete development process, which may be the reason why enterprise open source software is in this year’s Reasons for continuing to outperform proprietary software in the survey.

Security is the advantage of enterprise open source software

Red Hat also sees security growing as an important advantage of enterprise open source software. In this year’s survey, 89 percent of IT leaders said enterprise open source software is at least as secure as proprietary software, a big shift. In the past, many potential buyers considered open source code to be inherently insecure, like a visible schematic diagram of a physical security system; however, through years of sending out questionnaires, arranging focus groups, and talking to customers, Red Hat has found that the security of open source software in the enterprise The opinion of the company has gradually improved, and it is not surprising that companies have given high marks to open source software security this year.

As to why the respondents gave such a high evaluation of the security of enterprise open source software, the obvious reason is that multiple people can inspect the code of enterprise open source software together. However, the controversial part is that there is always a lack of multi-person inspection. Some personnel never received rigorous training. In a way, this counters the argument for not trusting the security of open source software, and people with bad intentions can see the source code. This direct dichotomy once defined the most superficial debate over open source software security, and a similar debate remains dominant for the large corporate IT leaders we interviewed.

On the other hand, multi-person review is no longer the reason why enterprise open source is dominant. Respondents also said that it is not as important as before to review the source code in person. On the contrary, 55% of the respondents said that the primary reason for adopting enterprise open source software, It’s all about the ability for teams to use tested open source in in-house applications. In addition, despite growing concerns about the security of the software supply chain, IT leaders say the benefits of using enterprise open source software internally, as most companies do application development, can provide huge benefits; other key reasons include on-time delivery , file integrity, and scannable security patches, similar to the benefits of general enterprise software.

From the above results, it can be concluded that enterprise open source software is gradually being certified by IT decision makers, and has many of the same advantages as proprietary software, while providing the flexibility of open source licensing and the advantages of open source development model.

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