As the workforce landscape is dramatically changing and many face financial uncertainties, businesses are looking for ways to cut costs more than ever. Of course, while trimming budgets is essential right now, no one wants to lose functionality-especially when many employees are working from home.

Cutting down on your IT budget may seem challenging, but there are ways to do so through open-source software. The best part? It doesn’t require any licensing costs. In fact, by switching to open-source technologies, you may be able to reduce your budget up to 30%.

Not only will it reduce costs, but open-source technology also has a lot of flexibility when it comes to customization. You can configure the software to fit your company’s needs and not get stuck paying for features you won’t use.

Want to replace your current system that might be unnecessarily driving up costs? Check out these open-source technologies that will help you slim down your budget and increase your functionality.

Asterisk to Replace Phone Systems

Phone system cost is one significant expense that all businesses could benefit from reducing. If you’re looking to cut the costs of your private branch exchange (PBX) system, take a look at Asterisk. Asterisk is an open-source PBX communication software that deals with all of your essential telecommunication needs, including handling incoming calls, redirecting callers, and providing Interactive Voice Response (IVR) for automated menus. Since it is open-source software, it is available without licensing fees — which can make a dramatic difference in your budget.

It can be adapted to just about any hardware system, so you won’t have to worry about completely overhauling the system you have in place. Asterisk is also easily configurable, which means that you can customize the features to fit your business’s unique needs — which is much more complicated (and expensive) with traditional PBX systems. Plus, it offers features that are particularly useful for keeping a remote working team connected, such as “conference rooms” that employees can dial into for meetings.

Proxmox to Replace Virtual Environments

Virtualization is another area where businesses can benefit from open-source technology. As is the case with phone systems, virtualization platforms can be a huge money drain. Proxmox is an open-source program that replaces the more expensive VMware. This virtualization environment is based on KVM virtualization and doesn’t require any licensing fees. It is easy to use and includes a web interface where you can manage virtual machines, storage, networks, containers, and highly available clusters. Proxmox is also much more flexible than VMware. Since any node can handle a cluster in the program, cluster management is easy to control. It also has features like Logical Volume Manager (LVM), GlusterFS, Common Internet File System (CIFS), and mdadm, all of which contribute to cluster management flexibility.

389 DS to Replace Directory Services

When it comes to directory services, a robust program is essential. Thankfully, the 389 Directory Server was created to offer an open-source LDAP server option that fits businesses’ needs, and it works seamlessly as a replacement for Microsoft Active Directory. 389 DS already handles some of the largest LDAP deployments. The powerful open-source server allows for easy migration from Active Directory and can interface with devices that support LDAP authentication. It is a powerful server that fits the demands of busy enterprises, offering the ability to handle thousands of operations every second and hundreds of thousands of accounts.

About Us

Pantek has been maintaining and servicing open-source and cloud environments for over 25 years, and our US-based team has more than 75 years’ worth of combined experience in this space. We help companies to remain focused on what makes them money by creating processes and automation to reduce costly system downtime and staffing requirements. We founded Pantek to build a dynamic and vibrant technology services company where our employees and clients learn, grow, and prosper.

Contact us for more information about how switching to open-source can save your company where it really counts.