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Linux Gaining Share at Windows' Expense

Oct 13, 2010, 13:04 (9 Talkback[s])
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"Linux is growing in the enterprise with adoption set to expand over the next five years, according to data from a study sponsored by the Linux Foundation.

"The Linux Foundation conducted a survey of nearly 2,000 enterprise users and found that 76.4 percent of respondents are set to add Linux servers in the next 12 months. In contrast, only 41.2 percent of respondents indicated that they planned to be adding new Windows servers during that same period. The picture looks even brighter for Linux when looking at the five year view. According to the Linux Foundation's data, during the next five years 79.4 percent of enterprises will be adding more Linux servers, while only 21.3 percent will be adding new Windows servers.

"Growth in Linux server deployments is coming from both new workloads as well as migrations from both Unix and Windows. Windows migrations to Linux are set to account for 36.6 percent of new Linux deployments. Unix migrations to Linux are slightly lower at 31.4 percent. The largest share of new Linux deployments is set to come from new workloads at 66 percent."

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