The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced the findings of its 2013 Enterprise End User Report, “Linux Adoption: Third Annual Survey of World’s Largest Enterprise Linux Users.” The study conducted in partnership with Yeoman Technology Group tracks the growth of Linux use in large enterprises and identifies key trends that inform 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.

Industry reports for the most recent quarter (4Q12) show that while overall server revenue is only growing at 3.1 percent year-over-year; 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. The Enterprise End User Report helps to inform the industry about what is driving this adoption and how market growth is shaping up for the future.

Enterprise organizations identify Linux as the dominant platform for cloud computing technology 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.

A dramatic increase in the use of Linux for mission critical workloads has grown consistently year-over-year to reach 73 percent in 2013. Reliance on Linux for cloud and big data is a strong contributing factor. And, the future looks bright for the operating system with 80 percent of the world’s largest enterprises planning to increase their use of Linux servers over the next five years, while the number who plan to purchase Windows servers is at an all-time low of 20 percent.

To download the full report, please visit The Linux Foundation’s Publications.

New Report Shows Linux Adoption Growing To Support Cloud And  Mission Critical Workloads

New Report Shows Linux Adoption Growing To Support Cloud And Mission Critical Workloads


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