Linux- Bringing in Accountability and Protecting the Organization against IPR Infringements

Rajarshi Bhattacharyya, Country Head, SUSE
Open source software differs in two primary ways from proprietary software. First, users receive both the source code and the compiled form. Proprietary software vendors often sell only the compiled form. Having the source code ’open’ allows anyone to read and alter the program or build a new derivative program. From a technical standpoint, open source leads to a better product. With more eyes on the code, errors can be detected and corrected much more quickly than with traditional proprietary software. Further, Open source enables the agility to capitalize on successive waves of technology like Big Data, cloud and mobility. 

Enterprise open source companies like SUSE makes the Linux operating system enterprise ready to run mission critical workloads like applications, middleware, database and content management systems. They bring in accountability and protect the organization against any IPR infringements. One of the greatest strengths of Linux has been its leanness, but the temptation to add more and more features can end up causing software bloat - huge programs trying to do too many marginal things. Linux is everywhere- point of sale terminals, medical imaging, air traffic control systems, artificial intelligence, mobility, banking, stock exchanges, defense systems etc. Adoption of open source is happening at an exceptional pace. Applications today are getting developed on open source patforms, which allow apps to run on any operating system.

Linux and BFSI
With new and improved financial products and services making their way quickly to the market along with an ever-growing list of regulatory changes, technology will continue to be a major factor in the success of banks and financial institutions. Organizations need to focus on what will best fit their business. These organizations should examine the business value of open source and look closely at their IT infrastructure and strategy. The biggest financial institutions in India use SUSE Linux to power its business. The inhibitions that used to stop the BFSI sector from adopting open source were the lack of skilled resources and applications. Today, there are sufficient skill sets available in the market due mass scale training held by open source software enterprises and the community. Linux is now the most preferred operating system to run mission critical systems- from core banking systems to ATM’s. Linux allows organization to quickly adapt to legacy modernization and enable future technology adoption. Data Center consolidation through virtualization and cloud adoption has propelled Linux as the most important operating system at the biggest financial institutions of the world like HSBC, Citibank, Morgan and Stanley, London Stock Exchange, Nomura Securities, ING, Commercial Bank of China, State Bank of India and Reserve Bank of India.

There is a plethora benefits for migrating from proprietary (UNIX) to Linux:
• No Vendor Lock-in
• Freedom to customize as per requirement yet not compromising the security
• Increased agility to for new technology adoption
• Tremendous Cost Benefit
• Immense Scalability and Reliability

The combination of a clear strategy, a strong and buzzing community and a conviction to make it big have made SUSE a success story. There was a growth of 25 percent at a time when the Linux server market was forecasted to grow at 18 per cent. In India we are growing at a 40 percent. Our growth drivers have primarily come from the enterprise sector and partly from government and BFSI. The reason for the enterprise growth is primarily driven by UNIX to Linux migrations. We expect the market to grow at a steady 18 percent this year. We foresee a good growth because of a large scale shift from UNIX to Linux. 

The Motifs in 2016 those we believe will have a major impact on open source are Open Stack Cloud and Software Defined Storage. Open source provides the government with several benefits. It creates several opportunities for skill development and allows customization without any IP infringement. Over time, open source has proven to be secure, flexible and reliable. It makes the government more open and transparent. It also supports greater public participation and agency collaboration. Additionally, open source ensures continuity of operations (COO) and security. While improving services, it also helps in cutting costs and results in huge savings.

SUSE provides innovative enterprise-ready open source solutions to its customers. From its flag ship Product SUSE Linux Enterprise Server to its newly introduced Ceph-based Software Defined Storage, SUSE brings in enterprise class cutting edge technology to the market. SUSE Linux Enterprise is the most widely used operating system for running SAP applications across industry vertical, and the most extensively used Linux operating system for high performance computing.