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Linux Foundation Report Shows Growing Linux Adoption Rates in the Enterprise

New survey shows Linux as the preferred platform for Big Data, virtualization, and cloud computing trends.

Released today, Linux Adoption Trends 2012: A Survey of Enterprise End Users is based on responses from 428 IT professionals from organizations with US$ 500 million or more a year in revenues or 500+ employees and is available for download from the Linux Foundation site. Among the key findings, the study shows that 8 out of 10 respondents say that they've added Linux servers in the past 12 months and plan to add more in the next year. The same number of respondents say they plan to add more Linux over the next five years, compared to only 21.7% of respondents planning an increase in Windows servers. When it comes to Big Data, almost 72% of respondents choose Linux as the platform, whereas 35.9% plan to use Windows.

The latest report shows a 40% decrease in technical issues cited among respondents since the 2010 report. "Twenty-two percent fewer respondents cite perception by management as an issue, and 10% fewer say there are no issues at all impeding the success of Linux," the report says. Further, more than two-thirds of respondents consider Linux to be a more secure operating system over the alternatives.

What drives enterprise users to adopt Linux? Seventy-percent of respondents point to total cost of ownership as the biggest motivator, and 68.6% cite Linux features and technical superiority. Nearly 64% of enterprise Linux users cite security as a reason for adoption.

Big Data, cloud computing, and virtualization all play big roles in Linux adoption in the enterprise. Of the 61% of organizations citing cloud-based applications, 66% are using Linux as their primary platform, which is a 4.7% increase over last year. "Going forward, 34.9% of organizations are planning to migrate more applications to the cloud, up from 26% last year," the report says. Seventy-two percent of organizations expect to have a quarter or more of their servers virtualized by the end of the year, and more than 46% of the organizations plan to have half or more of their platforms virtualized by year's end.

The report shows growing participation in the Linux community, too. "Overall, participation within the Linux community increased over last year, with nearly a 12-point increase in those participating in Linux Foundation activities, an 8-point increase among respondents who are working on code, and a 5-point increase in those who are testing and submitting bugs," the report says.

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