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Ubuntu server adoption slow but steady in the data center

Apr 02, 2009, 21:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pam Derringer)

[ Thanks to Pam Derringer for this link. ]

"In a recent Ubuntu global user survey, nearly a third of the respondents worked for companies with 10 or fewer employees and only 28% worked in the U.S. (compared to 55% from Europe). And the overwhelming majority are using it for basic functions like Web, print and file, database and backup servers, with only a small minority using it for advanced tasks like virtualization or cluster computing. (The low usage for the latter mirror the findings for Linux as a whole in a TechTarget data center survey last year.) The most prevalent Ubuntu industry sectors, unsurprisingly, were technology and education.

"On the plus side, most of the respondents said they are entrusting mission critical functions to Ubuntu and will be adding more Ubuntu servers in the future. They also consider Ubuntu a good platform for cloud computing, although they aren't ready to venture into it just yet. In addition, although the largest percentage of Ubuntu users work for very small companies, the next largest segment -- 16% -- work for medium-sized firms with 101 to 500 employees, a size likely to require advanced server capabilities."

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