The Business Value of Red Hat Solutions Compared to Unpaid Alternatives


Published March 2023


IT organizations are adopting a variety of open source software solutions to perform system infrastructure tasks including configuration, deployment, and management functions. Open source software can be obtained as community-based (unpaid and unsupported) distributions or as vendor-based paid commercial-grade distributions with maintenance and support services. Unpaid, unsupported open source software reduces the expense of licensing or subscription costs; however, it places the burden of maintenance and support onto the IT organization. Paid solutions, while incurring licensing or subscription fees, can bring efficiencies that achieve higher value and minimize overall costs when compared with unpaid alternatives.