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Open source stacks move into critical operations

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The open source stack is moving to the core of data centers -- to a place where it's responsible for handling critical parts of business operations. Support for these applications is paramount for IT departments and absolutely essential to the enterprises that use them, according to a report from The 451 Group, based in New York.

When it came time to support these applications, enterprise users looked to their application providers or operating system vendors for an assurance of support, the report said. The conclusions in the report arrived in spite of the fact that many stack providers today offer a single point of software support, often referred to as the "single throat to choke."

But, as the dynamic changes, how will savvy open source IT managers stay afloat? The 451 Group analyst Raven Zachary, author of Stack and Deliver: An analysis of open source stack providers, with recommendations for vendors and their customers, offered suggestions during a recent interview with SearchOpenSource.com. Zachary followed up with suggestions for keeping ahead of the open source technology curve.

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