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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Analyst Recognizes Linux on Most Enterprise Agendas

Mar 04, 2003, 08:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael S. Mimoso)

[ Thanks to Michael S. Mimoso for this link. ]

"Linux is an enterprise staple for some basic infrastructure needs like print, file and e-mail serving. It's also making waves in high-performance computing circles. But, there's still some work to do to get Linux to mainstream status inside enterprise data centers. However, all indications are that CIOs at least have some sort of Linux strategy on the drawing board. Daniel Kusnetzky, vice president system software research, International Data Corp., Framingham, Mass., talks to TechTarget about Linux's future in the data center, where it stands today and how far it has come since IDC began researching it in 1994.

"Can you put into perspective Linux's growth since its early days?

"Kusnetsky: Linux has seen dramatic growth from when we first started watching it in 1994 when it had a tiny percentage of market share, to the end of 2001 when worldwide paid shipments [free downloads don't count here], Linux had 26% of market share. This is not server shipments, but software.

"Linux is also getting a lot of attention due to the moves Microsoft is making by changing its licensing rules and their talking about shared-source offerings, which is in no way open-source computing. But it is a clear response to the open-source community.

"We're starting to see Linux considered more, now that doesn't mean Linux is being selected, but it is being considered and that's something..."

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