Linux Popularity Among Enterprise Users Continues To Grow

Linux
has come a long way since its creation by a Finnish student 22 years
ago. While the debate over Linux on the desktop will no doubt raise its
head every year, there’s no doubt that in the enterprise and web hosting
spheres, Linux has made huge inroads, and, if a recent study from SUSE is accurate, the last vestiges of resistance to Linux are draining away.
While
the web hosting industry has long embraced Linux as a secure and stable
platform for Apache and its attendant software stack, other enterprise
applications have lagged behind, as CTOs and other IT professionals
relied on proprietary operating systems, including both non-Unix and
Unix systems.
In
the survey, carried out earlier this year, only 17% of IT professionals
questioned reported that their organizations had no Linux server
deployments. While most of the current deployments are web servers, a
significant proportion also reported use for Oracle (6%) and non-Oracle
(11%) database servers, as well as data warehousing, business
intelligence, and customer relationship management applications. For all
of these applications, many organizations are planning to increase
their use of Linux in the future.
The
most interesting results from the server concern future Linux
deployment plans. Almost 80% of those asked said that they planned to
deploy web servers on Linux over the next year, 63% that Oracle database
deployment on Linux was planned, and significant percentages plan to
deploy for other applications.
When
asked which were the most important factors influencing the decision to
use Linux, 61% cited security as being very important, with total cost
of ownership, high availability, high performance, the avoidance of
vendor lock-in, and the community ecosystem being among the other
factors rated as very important.
SUSE vice president for global marketing, Michael Miller said that:
‘The
relevant question today is not why or when you should be using Linux,
it’s where you should be using Linux. Enterprises that are not actively
considering Linux as the foundation of their data centre transformation
or modernisation initiatives are in danger of being left behind
financially and technologically.’
While a healthy skepticism of these results is reasonable given that the survey was carried out by a company that offers an enterprise Linux distribution
and has an interest in talking up Linux for enterprise applications,
it’s still an indication that larger companies outside of the web
hosting industry are coming to a realization that web hosts have long
understood. Linux is an extremely versatile and secure platform, and
that compared to proprietary alternatives, TCO is lower and vendor
lock-in less of an issue.
About Graeme Caldwell — Graeme works as an inbound marketer for InterWorx, a revolutionary web hosting control panel for hosts who need scalability and reliability. Follow InterWorx on Twitter at @interworx, Like them on Facebook and check out their blog, http://www.interworx.com/community.

1 Comment

  1. If what you report is true, and I believe it's obvious to some extent that it is, then it's a long time coming. I have been waiting for this for 12 years, having failed to hasten its forthcoming on my own. Lol.

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