April 7, 2016 | Written by: Pete McCaffrey
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Most people hear the term “open source” and believe it’s a cost-effective option for their application infrastructure. Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but, assuming open source is the cheaper route to go could actually be a costly mistake. Forrester Consulting has analyzed the total economic impact (TEI) of migrating from open source Java EE application servers to IBM WebSphere Application Server Liberty, and found that by making the switch to WebSphere Liberty, you can increase your return on investment (ROI) by 122 percent. This is just one of many benefits, but before we dive into numbers and statistics, let’s take a step back, because you’re probably wondering: what does this really mean? And, why should I care?
Addressing the hidden costs of open source Java EE application servers
There are many advantages to open source, which is why adopting an open source application server is such a popular option for businesses. For starters, it’s generally free to download, and gives developers the ability to view and modify source code to fit their business needs. We all know there’s nothing better than getting things for free. But there are some sneaky hidden costs associated with running your applications on open source Java EE application servers. For example, open source doesn’t necessarily account for scalability, loss of developer productivity due to startup and deployment time requirements, or the frustration of depending on web inquiries for support (or of paying third parties for help).
So for businesses struggling to keep up with innovation, open source application servers can actually hamper their ability to keep up with the competition since open source application servers can negatively impact the speed with which you develop and deploy new applications as well as overall application performance. What businesses really need is a simple, lightweight, cost-effective application server that offers the rapid application development needed for continuous delivery. But where can you find an application server with those capabilities? Look no further than IBM WebSphere Liberty.
Why IBM WebSphere Liberty?
The Forrester Consulting study, “The Total Economic Impact Of Migrating From Open Source Application Servers To IBM WAS Liberty,” reveals how organizations that migrated to IBM WebSphere Application Server Liberty from open source app dev servers were able to standardize on one platform with the features and functionality required to provide future growth. Liberty’s agile application infrastructure can position organizations better to adopt cloud solutions and create faster turnaround. Additionally, these organizations were able to streamline and automate their application development and deployment processes and reduce application server administration time. The results? Faster application development and delivery, better performance, and a reduction in overall infrastructure costs. And by freeing up developers’ time, WebSphere Liberty helped organizations create innovative applications more quickly to keep up with customer demands. Now, let’s get into those numbers…
Statistics show the benefits that can be achieved by migrating from open source to IBM WebSphere Liberty:
There are even more benefits to Liberty, which you can explore by clicking on the infographic below:
To learn more about how you can reduce costs and increase productivity by migrating to IBM WebSphere Liberty, tune in for a live audio webinar featuring guest Sarah Musto, a Total Economic Impact Consultant for Forrester, on Wednesday, April 13 from 11:00AM to 12:00PM (EST) by registering here.
Want to look at the numbers for yourself? You can! Download the full Forrester Consulting study, “The Total Economic Impact Of Migrating From Open Source Application Servers To IBM WAS Liberty,” here.
Note: These results are based on a composite organization. This was a commissioned study titled: “The Total Economic Impact Of Migrating From Open Source Application Servers To IBM WAS Liberty” conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of IBM, February 2016.