Survey: Linux still gaining traction in the enterprise

— 6:00 AM on October 12, 2010

These days, I don't hear many industry analysts talking about the "year of Linux on the desktop"—that'd be a bit hyperbolic, with Linux distributions commanding an aggregate usage share of less than 1%, according to Net Applications. In the enterprise, though, interest in Linux is booming. So reports PC World, citing a survey by the Linux Foundation and the Yeoman Technology Group.

The survey, which gathered responses from 1,900 organizations, reveals a whopping 76% have plans to add extra Linux servers within the next year. Only 41% have similar aspirations for Windows servers... and 44% actually intend to maintain or decrease the number of Windows servers they use. If you look at a five-year time frame for upgrades, the balance shifts further toward Linux: 79% of organizations say they'll add Linux-powered servers within the next half decade, compared to only 21% for Windows servers.

As icing on the cake for Linux vendors, the survey found that 60% of respondents are "planning to use Linux for more mission-critical workloads than they have in the past."

Why such an interest in the open-source platform? The survey asked respondents about that, and it found that their motivations were, in order of importance: no vendor lock-in, the openness of the source code, the platform's long-term viability, and the greater choice of hardware and software.

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