The State of Enterprise Open Source


A Red Hat® Report

Open source powers innovation

Learn why many leaders are choosing open source technologies to foster their businesses and adopt emerging technologies in the 2021 State of Enterprise Open Source Report.

Open source continues to play an important role in enterprise technology

90%

90% of IT leaders are using enterprise open source.

1,250

About this report

This survey of 1,250 IT leaders was commissioned by Red Hat to better understand the unique role of enterprise open source. Respondents were unaware that Red Hat was the sponsor of this research.

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35% Higher quality software

33% Access to the latest innovations

30% Better security

30% Ability to safely leverage open source tech

Enterprise open source accelerates innovation

79% expect their use of enterprise open source software for emerging technologies to increase over the next two years

The growth and adoption of enterprise open source for edge computing and AI/ML is on the rise

Edge computing / Internet of Things

55% 72%

Today

In two years

Edge computing / Internet of Things

Today

In two years

Artificial intelligence / machine learning

65% 48%

Today

In two years

Artificial intelligence / machine learning

Today

In two years

Container use will continue to grow

30% Increase significantly

42% Increase slightly

72% Total increase

30% Increase significantly

42% Increase slightly

72% Total increase

85% agree that Kubernetes is key to cloud-native application strategies

30% Extremely important

36% Very important

19% Important

14% Somewhat important

1% Not important

85%

30% Extremely important

36% Very important

19% Important

14% Somewhat important

1% Not important

Infrastructure modernization strategies are the top use of enterprise open source

64% 54% 53%

IT infrastructure modernization

Application
development

Digital
transformation

64% - IT infrastructure modernization

54% - Application development

53% - Digital transformation

IT leaders trust the security of open source

87% see enterprise open source as more secure or as secure as proprietary software

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The full report tracks changes in the usage and attitudes towards enterprise open source over time, by region, and across industries. It details the key role enterprise open source plays in emerging technologies such as containers, Kubernetes, and edge computing that are at the heart of a new wave of digital transformation.

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