Open Source Trends for 2018: From OpenStack to The Internet of Things

Open source software has become a favorite of many companies because of the little (and even free) cost of the platforms available. With strong online communities besides, many enterprises trust open-source communities more than they ever to use software free of bugs.

There isn’t any doubt open-source is here to stay. In fact, it’s likely to become the norm in another few years.

In the meantime, it keeps evolving as much as general technology. Trends keep popping up every year, and 2018 has many more in store. Take a look at some below.

The Growing Use of OpenStack

The need to bring more flexibility to different platforms is why OpenStack has become a major open source trend. It’s a cloud platform allowing enterprises to better manage storage and networking. Plus, it’s a great system for building and managing cloud systems.

Thanks to its transparency and speed, it fits right into the philosophy of open source projects. OpenStack also brings lower costs in addition to easily supporting any application.

While it is complex to use and takes significant resources to manage, it’s worth it for many companies. You’re already seeing it being regarded widely as the future of how cloud computing works in most enterprises.

The Growth in Deep Learning/AI

Throughout the year, expect to see more open source software with deep learning capabilities. Artificial intelligence has almost gone mainstream in numerous ways, with software being at the center.

Sources like GitHub report more visitations for many open source platforms using deep learning. Sources like Mozilla DeepSpeech have more communities involved to make these more popular choices for companies.

One open-source software called TensorFlow more than doubled visitation rates in just the last year.

The Rise in More Progressive Web Apps

If you’re still new to what a Progressive Web App is, it’s time to jump on this open-source trend bandwagon.

A PWA is an app that’s essentially integrated as a website. It works on any browser and can become indexed on search engines. You can even make this type of app manage new content in real-time while enjoying the safety of using a normal URL.

With more trust in open-source platforms, expect to see PWA’s grow exponentially in popularity as a major money-saver. It can also prevent potential downtime due to more convenient user accessibility.

The Advancement of Blockchain Technology

No doubt you’re hearing a lot about blockchain technology being used in the financial industry. Long used in transferring bitcoin, blockchain is a robust and secure network system that can help virtually any enterprise.

Awareness of this is increasing fast, and it’s soon to become a major open source technology that can reinvent online security. Despite bitcoin’s ups and downs, blockchain is likely going to become a standard system before the next decade. As an open-source ledger, it brings transparency to all online transactions while being impossible to hack.

More Use of Rust

Your development team likely knows about the programming language Rust. It’s become widely regarded as one of the best languages out there for keeping platforms safer without sacrificing control.

Rust also prevents many errors in various platforms, including browsers. Many wonder why browsers like Firefox haven’t used Rust as an open source code.

Soon, you’ll be seeing more tech companies use it based on its reliability. The code’s built-in unit testing is already making it go beyond word-of-mouth in the programming community.

More Open-Source Software With Big Data

We all know big data is a hot topic in enterprises today. Finding big data management programs in the open-source community only just recently started to increase.

This year, expect to see far more big data programs pop up in open-source form. Already, you’re seeing some big software names offering similar big data programs. Oracle and Google are just two examples.

Data management and storage solutions are two of the biggest challenges in enterprises now. As a result, these companies are all turning to open-source software to find faster solutions. It tells you a lot about the direction of software acquisition and eliminating having to pay for licensing.

The Advent of XaaS: Anything as a Service

Those of you already using open-source platforms like Software as a Service or Platform as a Service can expect to see more “as a service” programs become available. One of the most popular now is XaaS, or “Anything as a Service.”

XaaS brings multiple digital services over the internet, making it more convenient to access virtually any program while on the go. Thanks to faster networks and server virtualization, it makes services like this easier to do with little cost.

You can find XaaS platforms in many open-source communities where you’ll discover how flexible and scalable the former is. By the start of the next decade, XaaS is more than likely going to become mainstream.

Open-Source Automation Tools

With more enterprises turning to automation for marketing and other business functions, expect to see more open-source automation tools.

Marketing centers are going to take on open-source marketing platforms to help them with things like email marketing, contact management, and social media marketing.

Considering business competition is more intense than ever, you can see why companies want to focus on fast solutions rather than spend on a program that’s possibly inferior.

More Use of The Internet of Things

Perhaps you’ve wanted to move your enterprise into using IoT tools, though didn’t know where to start.

One thing perhaps stopping you is the fear of IoT being secure enough. It’s true IoT still has a lot of security hurdles to overcome. Since it connects multiple sources through the world wide web, the complexity in fixing security issues continues.

In the open-source community, the buzz is on for creating safer networks. A project called Autonomous Decentralized Peer-to-Peer Telemetry (ADEPT) is gaining traction in the IoT community. As an open-source project, it’s bringing blockchain into the mix to create a decentralized network for IoT devices.

IBM and Samsung are at the head of ADEPT. It proves many top software makers realize open-source is the future in earning the trust of major companies.

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