The OpenStack Pulse 2014 – new 451 report

We’ve recently updated our coverage of OpenStack with a new report, ‘The OpenStack Pulse 2014.’

The OpenStack project continues to be something of a lightning rod and also something of a dichotomy in the industry. On one hand, it has drawn the involvement of hundreds of supporting vendors and more than 17,000 individual members. It ranks highly among priorities, particularly for private clouds, among 451 Research survey respondents.

Yet critics are quick to point out issues: the continued difficulty of installing and implementing OpenStack; the challenges of pushing it to production and fragmentation — including different vendor objectives and agendas. Despite its downsides, one thing remains clear: OpenStack is a major concern and focus for large enterprises and service providers today.

Read the full article.

451 Webinar – Cost savings and customer views of open source

UPDATE: The webinar is now available here.

We are pleased to present a new CAOS webinar next week on the cost and other benefits of open source software based on our research and analysis, including our survey of more than 1,700 open source software customers and end users. The report, Climate Change – User Perspectives on the Impact of Economic Conditions on Open Source Adoption, covers these user perceptions on the benefits of open source, both before and after adoption.

In our webinar on the topic — to be presented Tuesday, January 26 at 10am PST/1pm EST/6pm UK — we’ll go over our survey results, which indicate cost savings, flexibility and freedom from vendor lock-in are the biggest drivers for open source. We’ll also compare our recent results to a similar survey from 2006. Of course, we’ll offer some insight into our analysis of the survey and our conversations with vendors, investors, customers and others about what is driving open source.

With cost savings leading the way, the report also provides practical guidance on calculating the potential and real cost savings from open source software, including a calculator. The Webinar will similarly provide some insight into the calculation of cost savings and how such equations and analysis can be dramatically different for open source.

Those interested may register for the webinar here. If your software is not supported, please send an email request for slides and dial in for the audio portion of the webinar.

Seasons Greetings from 451 Group & CAOS

Seasons Greetings from The 451 Group and the Commercial Adoption of Open Source (CAOS) team. As the year draws to a close and we prepare to start a New Year, we wanted to highlight some of our recent work and the best of 2009.

For 451 Group subscribers, we encourage you to check out our 2009 review and 2010 preview for open source software in the enterprise. Additional 451 Group reviews and previews are also available for subscribers.

We would also highlight our latest CAOS special report: Climate Change – User Perspectives on the Impact of Economic Conditions on Open Source Adoption. The report considers our survey of open source software customers and end users and indicates cost savings, as well as flexibility, continue to drive open source in the enterprise. Commercial open source is, meanwhile, meeting cost-savings expectations for nearly all of its users, according to our survey.

Subscribers and non-subscribers should also check out the most popular CAOS Theory blog posts of 2009, and it may also be a good time to catch up on CAOS Theory podcasts.

We look forward to more open source and more CAOS in the New Year and wish everyone a safe and Happy Holidays!

Doug Levin stepping down as head of Black Duck

Black Duck CEO Doug Levin, who started the software IP scanning company turned software development scanning, search and analysis suite player five and a half years ago, is stepping down as the company’s chief. Levin will continue to serve on the board of directors and will play an advisory role for Black Duck’s new Office of the Presidency (to be run by Exec. VP of Products and Services Bill McQuaide and CFO Ken Goldman). Still, as of September 1, the man who single-handedly started Black Duck and arguably a new segment of software analysis and development is leaving the pond.

Levin says the move has been in the works since early this year and comes as Black Duck sits comfortably in terms of paying customers (600), healthy enterprise bookings and a record Q2 (although actual figures are not disclosed). Still, Levin, who points out he is still the largest shareholder in the company, is so confident for Black Duck’s prospects he says the new CEO candidate will ideally have some IPO experience. Levin says the IPO market would have to turn around for such as thing to happen in the next year or so. He also indicated the ideal Black Duck CEO candidate would have a performance and execution focus, but also bring a new perspective to the table. It would also be someone with experience in the software industry, perhaps specifically open source, but not necessarily, according to Levin.

This marks a continuation of executive transitions from open source companies that have matured beyond the startups, fringe players and mavericks they began as. Late last year, Jim Whitehurst came in to head Red Hat as a more traditional industry executive from Delta Airlines (albeit with a knack and hankering for Linux, particularly Fedora). Whitehurst replaced one of open source’s most well-known CEOs Matthew Szulik. More recently, EnterpriseDB CEO Andy Astor stepped down, carrying on in a different role but, similarly to Levin, leaving leadership of the company to someone else (for EnterpriseDB, new CEO Ed Boyajian, a former Red Hat executive).

The executive changes and the inclusion of broader industry talent and experience are yet more evidence of open source maturity and enterprise acceptance. They also represent some of the growing pains of open source startups, which build up enterprise use and business, but often need help getting up to the next enterprise and revenue level.

For his part, Levin sees proprietary software not being displaced by open source, but vendors being forced to evolve and, in the process, accept and embrace open source more themselves. As for open source companies, they are increasingly opting for dual-license and subscription strategies that rely on commercial licensing. Levin says open source is still very significant and now represents a checkbox item not only for companies interested in supporting or developing software, but deeply and broadly in enterprise IT beyond the LAMP stack to a host of open source components. Along those lines, Levin says he is not sure what his next move will be, but whatever it is, it will have something to do with open source.