PR: Study Predicts Significant Linux Desktop, Server Growth for SMBs
Jan 10, 2005, 16:45 (0 Talkback[s])
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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
- Linux desktop shipments are expected to grow at a CAGR of 39%
over the five-year forecast period on a worldwide basis.
- Linux desktop installed-base growth will be driven primarily by
MBs and larger SBs over the forecast period, advancing at a rate of
- On a worldwide basis 4% of PC-owning SMBs are expected to adopt
Linux, representing 6% of the SMB desktop installed base by
- Server shipments are expected to grow at a CAGR of 34%,
accounting for approximately 6% of the total SMB server installed
base by 2008.
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:
- Increasing Cost of IT. SMBs are ever more reliant on
increasingly expensive IT products and services for managing their
businesses. This expanded investment has resulted in higher
expenditures, leading SMBs to seek free open source
- Open Standards and Freedom from Vendor Lock-in. Open source
software generally adheres to standards better than proprietary
software, reducing reliance on vendor-specified file formats.
- Government Policies. Open endorsement by Asian and European
governments is giving credibility to Linux and open source.
- Blue Chip Support. Products and support available from
brand-name vendors such as IBM, HP and Novell lend credibility and
increase confidence among SMBs.