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Understanding the scope of Open SaaS technology

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At a Glance

Open SaaS is a form of SaaS that is built on open-source code. A service provider hosts, supports, and maintains web-based applications. WordPress, which has been around for a long time, is a good example of Open SaaS.


SaaS is a form of distribution in which a third party is entrusted with hosting programs and making them available to clients through the internet. Software companies use open source solutions for certain activities that aren’t their core business.

SaaS built on open source code is referred to as Open SaaS. Open SaaS is a web-based program that is hosted, supported, and maintained by a service provider, similar to SaaS apps. Upgrades and product updates are controlled by a central supplier, whereas its community of users sets the roadmap for Open SaaS apps. Dries Buytaert, the creator of the Drupal content management platform, invented the word in 2011.

There are many advantages of using an Open SaaS program. Some are Flexibility: Customization of programs is made easier using open source solutions; Enhanced Quality: Bugs in codes are improved with the aid of communities; Risk Reduction: There is no longer any need to spend a lot of money on software.

One of the key examples of Open SaaS is WordPress, which has been around for a long time. While there is a company, Automattic, behind WordPress, the software is open source, not just in terms of licensing but also in practice. Automattic has never received a penny from the proprietors of a huge percentage of the world’s WordPress-based websites. Thousands of developers worldwide are constantly improving the WordPress codebase and plug-in ecosystem, many of whom have never received a dime from Automattic to do so.

Other “hybrid source” products, such as SugarCRM, have attempted in the past to offer a restricted open-source version of their software with a more fully featured version that users must pay for. The hybrid method usually results in effective lock-in, which can be just as restrictive as proprietary software. There are no lock-in licensing terms with WordPress, on the other hand. You may migrate your WordPress.com-hosted website to your server and cease paying Automattic without losing important features. 

Customers have access to all options at all times. WordPress.com is an OpenSaaS platform, which has helped it become the most popular website-building and management software globally.

Open SaaS in Government

Experts opine that Open SaaS can greatly assist the government in implementing software solutions across regions. Open-source software initiatives and cloud-based SaaS offerings have disrupted established technology vendor business models in government in recent years, making it easier and less expensive for governments to purchase and execute the software solutions they require.

According to reports, OpenSaaS provides a significant potential for government agencies to save money while also increasing agility, all while giving government purchasers greater flexibility and control over critical technologies that are driving government innovation today. Now is the time of the third major wave of government enterprise IT disruption, one that will combine open source projects with software-as-a-service to provide a wide range of new, superior cake-and-eat-it-too enterprise software options for the public sector organizations around the world. This is Open SaaS.

Governments will continue to have a slew of hosting alternatives for their software, ranging from internally supported software housed inside to internally supported software hosted externally by a vendor, vendor-supported but on-premise hosting, and vendor-supported and hosted off-premise hosting. As per conventional thinking, the further down this continuum, the more efficiencies you get, but at a higher risk and with less apparent control.

OpenSaaS reduces the perceived risk by allowing the government client to keep control, including the ability to change one’s mind and return to the beginning of the continuum at any moment. It improves public sector IT agility by lowering upfront capital expenses and future switching costs and enabling fast discovery, acceptance, and spread of new software breakthroughs more realistic and actionable. As a consequence, OpenSaaS can help government IT save money while increasing efficiency.

Open SaaS Platforms

Here are some of the Open SaaS platforms that are in the market,

  • OpenStack

OpenStack is a collection of cloud platform management tools. It’s suitable for both public and private clouds. It enables customers to leverage IaaS for virtual machine deployment. Being open-source comes with the benefit of a committed support community. Any user may modify the source code and return it to the community, making it the most secure and robust product available.

  • Cloudify

It’s a cloud orchestration framework that’s open-source. It aids in the automation of an application’s full life cycle. Cloudify gives users the option of using the CLI or the Cloudify management to deploy the application. Blueprints, which are YAML DSL configuration files, are used to specify application setups.

  • CloudStack

It’s cloud computing software that’s free and open source. It aids in the development and management of infrastructure cloud services. VMware, Xen Cloud Platform (XCP), and Microsoft Hyper-V are among the hypervisors it supports. Both public cloud suppliers and businesses with their private clouds utilize it. CloudStack customers may make full use of cloud computing to accelerate the delivery of services and systems to end-users.

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