One of the advantages of using open-source tools is that they can be affordable, given that many of the solutions are free or have a relatively low cost, yet that can also work against you. For example, if you have lots of time that you can trade for costs of a solution, open-source can be a way to go. On the other hand, if you have funding but little to no time nor desire to be in the systems/applications/tools integration support business, then open source can be a concern. While it's tempting to say you get what you pay for, with open-source storage tools and solutions, that's not a clear cut distinction and certainly one open for debate.
This was first published in August 2009