TECH BUYER Mar 2019 - IDC Perspective - Doc # US44640319

Supporting Maturing Open Source: Why Ongoing Support for Infrastructure Software Is Critical

By: Al GillenGroup Vice President, Software Development and Open Source


This IDC Perspective presents key steps for safe using of open source software (OSS) infrastructure software. OSS is pervasively used today, sometimes beyond even where customers are aware of its use.

"The broad utilization of OSS creates a scenario where customers need to be aware of what technologies are in use in their IT, and whether those products are being maintained to current levels of security and functionality," said Al Gillen, group VP of Software Development and Open Source, IDC. "Failure to use products that are maintained properly and failure of the IT team to apply patches and security fixes are tantamount to leaving the door open to the datacenter intrusion. Awareness, along with engagement with your OSS product vendors and/or the OSS communities supporting the projects you use, is key to avoiding becoming a statistic."



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