2020 saw an acceleration in cloud usage and consumption, especially around adoption and use of open source-based technologies. Prior to a year of remote work, companies were stuck using existing frameworks and even resisted adopting open-source based technologies. Their reasons for sticking with the status quo included security, support and the availability of a breadth of services and functionality.

Instead of building out an extension of their on-premises architecture using the same software or going to one of the major cloud service providers and adopting what they provide, enterprises have recently adjusted. To meet their remote organizational needs and address new market demands for quality and speed, IT teams are speeding ahead with open-source project creation.

A Resounding 91% of Ceph Users are Choosing Open Source

Ceph, an open-source, distributed storage system supported by a community of users and global companies around the world, published its user study in May of 2021 on usage patterns and priorities around open-source storage. Ceph provides object, block and file storage in a single, horizontally scalable cluster, with no single points of failure.

The results of its user survey (https://ceph.io/en/news/blog/2021/2021-ceph-user-survey-results/) revealed an important trend. The top reason why users choose Ceph is open source.

2018 2019 2021
Open Source 33% Open Source 91% Open Source 91%
Scalability 31% Scalability 80% Scalability 80%
Cost 14% High Availability 76% High Availability 76%

Moreover, the 33% to 91% leap in choosing open source shows just how much users have grown comfortable with open source. With open source, organizations get access to cutting-edge development that is done in a way that meets their individual requirements. Organizations benefit from the innovative nature of open source without sacrificing performance and reliability.

The Benefits of Using an Open-Source Cloud Platform

Open-source cloud adoption has picked up momentum as organizations continue to embrace multi-cloud and hybrid solutions to address their ever-changing requirements. Organizations embracing open-source cloud technologies gain interoperability, workload portability and strategic flexibility, the classic hallmarks of an open-source cloud foundation.

ORock has built its solutions on a 100% open-source cloud platform that is S3 compatible and integrates with common public cloud APIs. Our customers are not locked into proprietary cloud APIs and services. Every ORock customer has diverse business needs and challenges that are met with an open-source hybrid cloud that allows them to run lower-cost workloads, comply with industry regulations and securely protect their data assets.

The bottom line is this. Customers want choice and flexibility at a cost-effective price point. They want to not only address their immediate needs, but also be in an environment that can quickly adapt to their ever-changing future requirements. And if they need to pivot in the future, they don’t want to be constrained by a decision that locks their workloads in a specific environment.

The survey results support why open source is a critical differentiator for so many, and for some, a matter of survival. Every business wants more options. What everyone is realizing is that open source gives you the runway to innovate and boost operations, enhance the customer experience and realize cost reductions — benefits that can’t be easily matched when you’re locked into a single vendor.

John Conniff

John Conniff

Chief Operating Officer, ORock Technologies


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