Read It: The difference between ‘open’ and ‘open source’

When it comes to hardware and software, single-vendor, proprietary solutions are fewer and farther between. Now more and more companies are moving to best-of-breed models with the hopes of modernizing their IT infrastructure and reducing costs. In response, the industry has responded with “open” solutions designed to be interoperable. But what does open mean, and how is it different from open source? In an article I wrote, posted recently by IDG Connect, I explain some of the important differences.

For the record, open source technology is an approach to interoperability, with “open source” meaning that the design is open and not proprietary. As I wrote in the article, “A software program or design of hardware could be open source, allowing users to modify the source code or the design to suit their needs with the confidence that no entity can prevent them from doing so.” There’s a lot more in my article, including the key difference between an open source solution and an open solution (hint: APIs).

Read the article: The difference between ‘open’ and ‘open source,’ and let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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