Open Source Integration and Messaging
How Open Source is Changing the Industry
Real-time integration has always been a goal of any business, but many organizations have been locked out of the options available as large, commercial vendors offer large, expensive integration suites that come with high license fees and hardware expenses, and lengthy adoption curves.
Open source changes all that. Open source, with the absence of license fees and with packaging determined by the community and not a single vendor, makes it possible for companies of varying requirements to have a solution that fits their needs. Organizations can now deploy what they want and only what they want, and pay for what they need and only what they need.
Open Source in Action
Consider a large organization with applications that utilize highly distributed business information, such as a retail chain inventory applications, a smart metering applications, or a logistics applications:
Companies with pplications that rely on data from 100s or 1000s of locations often cannot use a commercial solution – it would be cost prohibitive – are forced to use batch delivery of data instead. Open source makes real-time informaation possible:
|Closed Source Solution
||Open Source Solution
| Software costs — extremely expensive at each location
|| Software costs — none
|Hardware costs — extremely expensive as large machines are required at each location
|| Hardware costs — low hardware costs due to very small footprint
| Services — none needed
|| Services — none needed
|Flexibility — none
||Flexibility — open
| Net-net: Solutions from closed source vendors are prohibitively expensive for most retail applications
||Net-net: Deploying the app in multiple locations costs very little, resulting in game-changing savings
Bonus: The flexibility that open source provides by giving access to the source code makes it easier to deploy the solution on mobile devices, custom machines, and inexpensive platforms.
Being able to deploy a reliable integration or messaging system for a fraction of the cost of traditional, closed source solutions makes immediate business information possible. In the past, any company that could get away with batch delivery—and the latency—would do it. Now, with the barriers of entry for messaging solutions drastically reduced, companies are deploying applications that were never before possible.
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