Enterprise Linux Adoption Increasing Steadily: Study
The Linux Foundation reports that enterprise adoption of Linux is up for the third straight year.The Linux Foundation has announced the findings of its 2013 Enterprise End User Report that shows enterprises increasing their investment in Linux. The foundation’s report, "Linux Adoption: Third Annual Survey of World's Largest Enterprise Linux Users," is based on a study conducted in partnership with Yeoman Technology Group. It tracks the growth of Linux use in large enterprises and identifies key trends that inform enterprise Linux operating system priorities. Key findings from this year's report show the world's largest enterprises are increasing their investments in Linux for the third consecutive year. Indeed, for the most recent quarter—the fourth quarter of 2012—the foundation said that overall server revenue is only growing at 3.1 percent year-over-year, but Linux experienced 12.7 percent year-over-year growth for the quarter while Windows only increased 3.2 percent and Unix was down 24.1 percent. "We see the growing success of Linux adoption in the enterprise, especially as it's used for the most important areas of business, leading to the rise of Linux and collaborative development across many industries," said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer services at the Linux Foundation, in a statement. "Having a realistic understanding of where Linux is gaining traction in the enterprise helps to inform vendors and users about how they can work together to advance Linux and the technologies it supports."
According to the report, enterprise organizations identify Linux as the dominant platform for cloud computing with nearly 76 percent using Linux servers for cloud and 74 percent planning to maintain or increase Linux use for future cloud initiatives. In the area of new applications, services and greenfield deployments, more than 75 percent of organizations report deploying Linux in the last two years.