How QAT Global Uses Open Source
Putting Open Source to Work in the Enterprise
At QAT Global, we often employ open source platforms and software when building custom solutions for our clients and for internal use. We’ve found that many open source technologies are stable, reliable, efficient, and powerful. QAT Global has a flexible stack of open source software development framework technologies that can be used and are configurable depending on each client’s needs. We are committed to capitalizing on the strategic, technological, and financial benefits of it for our clients.
Open source platforms present many benefits like:
- Lower Cost – Most open source software is free. Being able to access and modify the software is an incredible advantage. The cost is also reduced because the open source community makes update and debugging information readily available.
- Flexibility – The beauty of open source is the software is already created and fully functioning, but it has the ability to be manipulated to make it feel like a completely custom software solution.
- Accessibility – Open source software provides access to the full source code and freedom to modify the software with few or no restrictions. This allows developers to use it as a starting point.
- Speed – Using an open source platform can save significant development time, providing for a faster time to market. By starting from an existing quality code base, developers are able to focus on the custom elements of the solution.
We have found open source software to be a valuable asset to take advantage of. Not only can using open source software give organizations access to expert resources and components that accelerate the development and release processes, but it can help companies develop innovative solutions quickly and cost-effectively.
Examples of Open Source Software and Frameworks
- Apache Cassandra – The Apache Cassandra database provides linear scalability and high availability without compromising performance. Cassandra supports replication across multiple data centers.
- Redis – Redis is an in-memory data structure store, used as database, cache and message broker.
- Hadoop – The Apache Hadoop software library is a framework that allows for the distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of computers using simple programming models. It is designed to scale up from single servers to thousands of machines. The library itself is designed to detect and handle failures at the application layer, so delivering a highly-available service on top of a cluster of computers, each of which may be prone to failures.
- PostgreSQL – PostgreSQL is a powerful, object-relational database system with more than 15 years of active development and a proven architecture. It has earned it a strong reputation for reliability, data integrity, and correctness running on all major operating systems. It is fully ACID compliant and supports storage of binary large objects.
- AngularJS – AngularJS is a toolset that lets you extend HTML vocabulary for web applications. The resulting environment is extraordinarily expressive, readable, and quick to develop.
- Git – Git is a distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.
- Spring – The Spring Framework is an application framework and inversion of control container for the Java platform. IT helps developers build simple, portable, fast and flexible JVM-based systems and applications.
- WordPress – WordPress is a content management system used to build everything from simple websites to complex portals and enterprise websites, and even applications.
- Other examples include jQuery, MongoDB, MySQL, and countless others available from sources like the Apache Software Foundation.