Linux servers keep growing, Windows & Unix keep shrinking
Mar 16, 2012, 10:03 (0 Talkback[s])
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"That means more and more customers are asking IBM, HP and Dell,
the big three server hardware vendors, for Linux on their hardware.
Specifically, IDC found that 'Linux server demand was positively
impacted by high performance computing (HPC) and cloud
infrastructure deployments, as hardware revenue improved 2.2% year
over year in 4Q11 to $2.6 billion. Linux servers now represent
18.4% of all server revenue, up 1.7 points when compared with the
fourth quarter of 2010.
"Its competitors? 'Windows server demand subsided slightly in
4Q11 as hardware revenue decreased 1.5% year over year. Quarterly
revenue of $6.5 billion for Windows servers represented 45.8% of
overall quarterly factory revenue, up 2.6 points over the prior