Linux servers on the rise in business

Tuesday 23 April 2013


The trend over the last two years for the increase in use of Linux Dedicated Servers looks to be continuing into a third year.

While overall server revenue growth is running at a steady 3.1% Linux is performing at a very healthy revenue growth of 12.7%.  When taking into account some of the main revenues in the fourth quarter of 2012 year-over-year, you see Windows servers’ revenue growths staying at 3.2%, while Unix fell by a disastrous 24.1%.

These are the figures that were released by the Linux Foundation in partnership with the Yeoman Technology Group in their 2013 Enterprise End User Report.  The report focused heavily on Linux adoption and the figures are very encouraging for Linux.

The survey focuses on companies with a turnover in excess of $500 million or over 500 employees.

Anne Macpherson, the Linux Foundation Vice-President of Marketing and Developer Services had this to say: “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.”

Linux servers seem to be particularly dominant in the fast growing trend to move towards cloud computing.  Seventy-six percent of those surveyed are already using Linux for cloud servers and 74% are planning to maintain or increase the use of Linux servers for any new cloud initiatives they have planned.

The dominance in the field of cloud computing is helping the future look particularly rosy for Linux users.  Driven by this cloud dominance the use of Linux for mission critical servers has increased to an impressive 73%.

On the back of all of these impressive results, perhaps the best news for Linux is that a huge 80% of those surveyed indicated that they are planning in investing on increasing their Linux server capacity over the next five years or so.

This drive towards Linux seems set to continue for the foreseeable future with 95% of managers in corporations believing Linux to be either equal or more important to their company’s strategies compared to that in previous years.

If you are in any doubts about your server or you are considering Linux hosting for your business then you should contact CWCS, who have been at the leading edge of hosting services for many years.

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