Node.js Momentum Grows, DevOps Survey Finds
Enterprise software developers are frequently on the lookout for tools that can streamline existing business processes or help create new ones. Increasingly, a survey funds, many are turning to open source tools or spin-off distributions, leading some to start their own companies.
Other open-source tools cited by developers included Apache Spark and Git (both 26 percent), MongoDB (23 percent) and MySQL (15 percent).
Given the growing momentum of Node.js and other development tools, no less than 91 percent of respondents told the vendor they expect these open source projects to spawn new companies. Seventy-four percent believed these startups would be based on Node.js while 51 percent cited Docker containers.
Indeed, San Francisco-based Docker has been expanding its application container ecosystem by releasing it underlying runtime to the open source community. It has also introduced a batch of container services aimed enterprise developers and IT operator seeking to push applications into production and scale them across hybrid cloud infrastructure.
Meanwhile, 22 percent of developers surveyed by NoteSource cited the MongoDB NoSQL database as a likely generator of software startups.
More than a quarter of those surveyed (28 percent) went so far as to predict a surge in IPOs by open source software companies over the next year. They cited IPOs earlier this year by API specialist Mulesoft Inc. (NYSE: MULE), data prep vendor Alteryx Inc. (NYSE: AYX) along with Hadoop software provider Cloudera Inc. (NYSE: CLDR) and, most recently, enterprise software developer Appian Corp. (NASDAQ: APPN), which raised about $75 million in a May stock offering.
"Open source projects are permeating every aspect of business operations and digital transformations," asserted Joe McCann, NodeSource's founder and CEO. "Node.js is emerging as the runtime of choice for DevOps…."
Those attributes prompted McCann to argue, "Node.js projects [are] being used as foundational in developing capabilities for many of the world’s most trafficked sites…" Those adopters include Mastercard (NYSE: MA), Netflix, (NASDAQ: NFLX) PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) and Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT).