Commercial Vs. Opensource Software Infrastructure !

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Popular Open Source Softwares

Open Source. The term is very much conjures up images of software that is free for the taking. Just download it off the web, compile it and your problems are solved.

Before going further, let me make it clear from the beginning that I am working with the R&D and Development center of OpenERP SA Editor of an Open Source Management Solution. Where we always prefer to use the opensource software and solution rather then using the commercial solution. At one time, I was even involved with a company that was working on an commercial softwares and operating system. Consequently, I have a perspective on open source and commercial products that I hope will prove informational and beneficial.

Open source solutions are not always free, and it may not be the best software for your system Infrastructure. You need to make the software decision that is best for your application and company situation. It may take your lots of time that will be the investment to get the correct opensource solution.

I would like to provide best opensource alternatives for every required software infrastructure, and this i can based on my experience on working with the commercial and opensource software solutions. If we talk about an IT company Softwares Infrastructure, It requires lots of initial cost to set up the development center. The type of softwares requires are System Softwares, Programming Softwares and Tools, and Application Softwares.

General Software requirements by the IT Companies.

Server Operating System, Client Operating System, Security System, Internet Application, Development IDE’s, Code Management, Human Resource Management, Content Management, Office Applications, Etc…
There are lots of Open source application available in the market but which are the best for you that is again a big questions, you have to be careful to decide the before choosing any open source application in your production environments.

Now I am going to show you some opensource Gateways, Firewall and Small Business Server software, Which are really useful and easy to setup in the organization, of course its low cost solutions, as it is already implemented @ well known Indian company.

Firewall & Router based on FreeBSD

pfSense is a free, open source customized distribution of FreeBSD tailored for use as a firewall and router. In addition to being a powerful, flexible firewalling and routing platform, it includes a long list of related features and a package system allowing further expandability without adding bloat and potential security vulnerabilities to the base distribution. pfSense is a popular project with more than 1 million downloads since its inception, and proven in countless installations ranging from small home networks protecting a PC and an Xbox to large corporations, universities and other organizations protecting thousands of network devices.

Firewall & router based on Debian

Untangle provides a powerful suite of Internet management applications for small-to-medium businesses and education institutions. The Untangle Server is a multi-function firewall. It simplifies and consolidates the many network and security products that businesses need at the gateway to the Internet.

Untangle runs on generic Intel/AMD hardware. A Pentium III processor, 2 NICs and 512MB of RAM is the min spec for smaller networks and multi-core chips with extra RAM really make Untangle sing for larger networks. More specific sizing guidance and links to the community hardware compatibility list can be found on the Hardware Requirements wiki.

Open Source Business Server

Manage all your computer network services through one single platform. Zentyal is a Network Gateway, Unified Threat Manager, Office Server, Infrastructure Manager, Unified Communications Server or a combination of them. All services based on the same technology and fully integrated. For the first time you can make your network act as one single unit. Zentyal is the Linux Small Business Server that can act as a Gateway, Unified Threat Manager (UTM), Office Server, Infrastructure Manager, Unified Communications Server or a combination of them. All network services are based on the same technology and fully integrated, allowing you to manage your network easily as one single unit! Zentyal is free for download – If you are interested in commercial support, software and security updates, please do contact sales or visit the Zentyal Online Store.


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