Enterprises Plan To Buy Linux Servers Over Microsoft

A survey of companies by the Linux Foundation has found that nearly twice as many enterprises are planning to buy Linux servers as opposed to those powered by Microsoft.

Nearly 2,000 respondents were interviewed by the Yeoman Technology Group on behalf of the Foundation, and 76.4 per cent of the largest companies are planning to increase their Linux server capacity compared to 41.2 per cent for Microsoft.

The data also revealed that over 40 per cent of companies are planning to reduce their Microsoft base, or not renew their existing platforms.

Overall, the data showed that corporate feeling towards Linux is good, and that over 85 per cent of companies are happy with the progress in open source code.

Linux also dominates cloud services, where more than one in seven companies are using open source platforms.

However, the popularity of Linux may also be causing problems. Over a third of respondents reported difficulties hiring IT administrators and staff who are competent to install and run Linux systems.

The three biggest drivers for Linux adoption are technical superiority, lower total cost of ownership and better security, according to the findings.

The biggest problem for IT administrators is the poor choice of hardware that carries Linux preinstalled.

"Linux is the only real choice for high-performance computing at the current time," said one respondent.

"Although other operating systems have products available for high-performance computing, they just don't measure up."

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