Many large organisations and firms are adopting open source software in India as they have do not want to be tied down with the limitations which come up with proprietary software. Open source software can accelerate the level of innovation an organisation undertakes as there are no licensing costs, and a company has to spend only on support services. Organisations such as the Indian Railways are now using Open Source software Linux provided by the US, MNC Red Hat Enterprises in its Next Generation e-Ticketing system that can now book 10,000 tickets per minute instead of 2,000 with the old system. Similarly the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) is also using open source software from Red Hat for its mission-critical applications. BSE has also been able to scale its overall IT operations using open source software. These observations were made by Rajesh Rege, the Managing Director of Red Hat India.
“The open source software adoption is been seen in government departments and many of the e-commerce systems are also running on open source software systems as they do not want to be tied down to proprietary software systems. Even most of the big data and analytics systems are on open source software. There is also a push by the telecom companies towards adopting open source software due to a shift in their focus on providing data. Organisations can also cut down on their overall IT costs using open source software,” Rege told THE WEEK.
US North Carolina based open source software provider Red Hat has a number of Indian organisations as its customers such as Mahindra Finance, Tata Sky and Essar which have adopted open source software systems. Interestingly Red Hat is one of the first $ 2 billion open source software company in the world. It has 85 office with 9,300 people around the globe. The company claims that 100 percent of Fortune 500 companies use its products and solutions and more than 50 percent of world’s trades are powered by its products.