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PR: Study Predicts Significant Linux Desktop, Server Growth for SMBsJan 10, 2005, 16:45 (0 Talkback[s])
Small and medium businesses (SMBs) are expected to invest increasingly in Linux and open source technologies over the next five years. Growth will be particularly strong in key Asian and European markets where public government endorsements and policies are boosting visibility for Linux and open source.
On a worldwide basis the number of Linux-owning SMBs is projected to rise from 1.2 million to 2.7 million businesses--a compounded annual growth rate of 18%.
The above findings were released today by New York-based Access Markets International (AMI) Partners, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in IT, Internet, telecom and business services market intelligence, trends and strategy--with a strong focus on global small and medium business (SMB) enterprises.
Highlights from AMI's Worldwide SMB Linux Forecast include the following:
Recent survey findings from AMI-Partners show that Linux is gaining interest and share among SMBs. "Increasing support by brand-name vendors and expanded awareness among SMBs are helping drive adoption of Linux in this market," said Abhijeet Rane, Senior Vice President at AMI. "Asian and European SMBs in particular are very interested in Linux and open source applications because of the cost benefits," added Rane.
The growing interest in open source--and Linux in particular--is the result of a number of factors. It is the cumulative effect of these issues that has led to the tremendous interest in and growing adoption of Linux among SMBs worldwide:
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