50 Open Source Tools Tech Companies Love

Open source applications that technology firms use to manage their own IT infrastructure and develop their products.
Posted February 23, 2016

Cynthia Harvey

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Over the last decade or so, many technology companies have begun embracing open source. Many use open source tools to run their own IT infrastructure and websites, some offers products and services related to or built on open source tools, and some are contributing to or supporting open source projects.

A 2015 survey from Black Duck found that 78 percent of organizations use open source software, almost twice as many as said the same thing in 2010. In addition, 88 percent said they expect to increase their contributions to open source projects over the next few years, and 66 percent said they consider open source options before they consider proprietary software.

This month we're featuring some of the open source projects that have gotten the most love from tech firms. These are primarily enterprise-focused applications in categories like big data, cloud computing, development tools, systems administration and version control.

As always, if you know of additional tools that you believe should be added to the list, feel free to make a note in the Comments section below.

Big Data

1. Hadoop

This Apache-sponsored project is the best-known big data tool available. Numerous companies, including Amazon Web Services, Cloudera, Hortonworks, IBM, Pivotal, Syncsort and VMware, offer related products or commercial support for Hadoop. Well-known users include Alibaba, AOL, eBay, Facebook, Google, Hulu, LinkedIn, Spotify, Twitter and Yahoo. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

2. Hypertable

Very popular with Web companies, Hypertable was developed by Google as a way to make databases more scalable. Its users include Baidu, eBay, Groupon and Yelp. It is compatible with Hadoop, and commercial support and training are available. Operating System: Linux, OS X

3. Mesos

Apache Mesos is a resource abstraction tool that makes it possible for enterprises to treat their entire data center as a single pool of resources, and it is popular with companies that are also running Hadoop, Spark and similar applications. Organizations that use it include Airbnb, CERN, Cisco, Coursera, Foursquare, Groupon, Netflix, Twitter and Uber. Operating System: Linux, OS X

4. Presto

Developed by Facebook, Presto describes itself as "an open source distributed SQL query engine for running interactive analytic queries against data sources of all sizes ranging from gigabytes to petabytes." Facebook says that it uses it for queries against a 300PB data warehouse, and other users include Airbnb and Dropbox. Operating System: Linux

5. Solr

This "blazing-fast" enterprise search platform claims to be highly reliable, scalable and fault tolerant. The companies using it include AT&T, Ticketmaster, Comcast, Instagram, Netflix, IBM, Adobe and SAP Hybris. Operating System: OS Independent

6. Spark

Apache Spark boasts that it can "run programs up to 100x faster than Hadoop MapReduce in memory, or 10x faster on disk." Organizations "powered by" Spark include Amazon, Baidu, Groupon, Hitachi Solutions, IBM, MyFitnessPal, Nokia and Yahoo. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

7. Storm

Apache Storm offers to do for real-time data what Hadoop does for batch data. Its website lists The Weather Channel, Twitter, Yahoo, WebMD, Spotify, Verisign, Flipboard and Klout among its users. Operating System: Linux

Cloud Computing

8. Cloud Foundry

Cloud Foundry offers open source tools for building a platform as a service. Claiming to be "built by industry leaders for industry leaders," it lists IBM, Pivotal, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, VMware, Intel, SAP and EMC as its supporters. Operating System: Linux

9. CloudStack

This turnkey IaaS solution forms the basis for many public and private clouds. It has an extremely long list of users that includes Alcatel-Lucent, Apple, Autodesk, BT, CA Technologies, Citrix, Cloudera, Dell, Fujitsu, SAP and Verizon. Operating System: OS Independent

10. OpenStack

This very popular cloud computing platform claims that "hundreds of the world's largest brands" rely on it every day. Its sponsors include AT&T, Ubuntu, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Intel, Rackspace, Red Hat, SUSE, Cisco, Dell, EMC, Symantec and many other well-known technology firms. Operating System: OS Independent

11. Scalr

This cloud management platform has been highly ranked by market research firms, and it simplifies the process of managing multiple cloud environments. Its notable users include Expedia, Samsung, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Accenture, Sony and Autodesk. Operating System: Linux


12. Docker

Docker has quickly established itself as the dominant platform in the relatively new field of containerization. Many of the biggest names in technology, including Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Red Hat, Rackspace and Canonical are building or offering products that extend or use Docker technology. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Content Management

13. DNN

Previously known as DotNetNuke, this content management solution promises high ROI for less effort when building rich interactive websites. Its users include Canon, Time Warner Cable, Texas Instruments and Bank of America. Operating System: Windows

14. Drupal

Drupal claims that more than 98,000 developers are actively contributing to this extremely popular content management system. It counts Microsoft, Zend, Fastly and New Relic among its supporters, and it has a marketplace that features hundreds of companies which offer related products and services. Operating System: OS Independent

15. Joomla

Joomla provides the platform for millions of websites, and it has been downloaded more than 50 million times. Among its many users are companies like eBay, Barnes & Noble, MTV and Peugeot. Operating System: OS Independent

16. MediaWiki

Best known as the software Wikipedia uses, MediaWiki also powers sites for Baidu, Vistaprint, Novell, Intel and NASA. It's a good option for creating editable web pages, and many organizations use it for their internal knowledgebases. Operating System: Windows, Linux/Unix, OS X

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