Why Using OSGi Pays Out
If you are hesitating about introducing OSGi to your company/department, please consider the following benefits:
1. Access controlOSGi with its class loading mechanism prevents unwanted access to internal packages.
Internal packages can be easily refactored without breaking any API, which reduces development cost.
2. SafeOSGi components explicitly declare their dependencies on other components.
This prevents failures due to incomplete or incompatible class space, which reduces maintenance cost.
OSGi components explicitly declare and expose their capabilities.
This makes them easily reusable, which reduces development cost.
Components of an application can be deployed into one container, or into multiple containers (even onto multiple hosts).
The service layer will automatically wire up the application (using proxies for remote components), which reduces development cost.
5. Hot swap
OSGi components can be installed/updated/uninstalled without stopping the application.
This shortens feature delivery time, while lengthens up-time, which reduces operational cost.
OSGi is supported by a strong community as well as large computing companies: Oracle, IBM, Samsung, Siemens, Deutsche Telekom, Redhat, Ericsson, and many more.
Good and responsive support channels reduces development cost.
Please visit the following page for a more complete list: http://www.osgi.org/Technology/WhyOSGi
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