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Barracuda Networks: IT security professionals have an almost equal preference for deploying open source software

October 2007 by Barracuda Networks

Barracuda Networks, Inc. announced the findings of a survey which revealed that IT security professionals have an almost equal preference for deploying open source software (53 percent) versus commercial software (47 percent) in their organizations for similar functionality. Barracuda Network’s poll, which gathered insights from 228 IT security professionals, also showed the top three relative advantages of open source software and of commercial software.

In the survey, 80 percent of respondents cited pricing as the top reason for adopting open source software over commercial software, while 57 percent selected access to source code and 41 percent chose community code review as the primary reasons for open source preference.

“Businesses must control costs for IT," said Dean Drako, president and CEO of Barracuda Networks. "The fact that open source software is now viewed on par with commercial software shows the gains it has made in becoming a viable element of business security solutions. For companies such as Barracuda Networks that utilize open source software as part of their solutions, it is vital to be guided by customer feedback.”

In addition, the survey found that the top advantage for deploying commercial software over open source software was vendor professional services, at 65 percent, while 47 percent of respondents named ease of adoption in their organization, and 47 percent indicated automated updates.

Barracuda Networks continues to be a participating member of open source and free software communities. It shares modifications to GPL licensed code, mirrors open source projects, and donates funds, hardware, and other resources to fuel open source technology innovation and collaboration. Barracuda Networks contributes to a number of open source projects, including: the Apache Software Foundation, ClamAV, Im-sensors, Internet Systems Consortium, POPFile, SaneSecurity, SpamAssassin, Squid, SourceForge and SURBL. Barracuda Networks directly funds two open source projects: libmime streaming event MIME message parser in C, and OpenSSH Unix domain socket forwarding.

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