Server OS Trends

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Apr 18, 2011


ZD Net research compiled in 2008 has led to a server OS trend analysis that shows Linux and Windows are the prevalent platforms for the majority of companies and will take more market share from Unix in the future. The 195 participants ranging from small firms to large enterprises revealed 81 percent ran Windows Server, and analysts say servers running anything other than Red Hat, Novell Suse or Windows Server will become increasingly rare.


Analysts look at the future of the server OS.

"Compiled in May 2008, the research was based on responses from 195 ZDNet.co.uk readers. Respondents came from a variety of organisations, from small firms to large enterprises.

"One of the main findings from the survey is that, if current trends continue, servers running anything other than Red Hat, Novell Suse or Windows Server will become increasingly rare. A clear majority of those surveyed, 81 percent, ran Windows Server, with Linux (of the Red Hat or Suse flavours) the next most used OS, at 50 percent. It is important to note, however, that the majority of respondents ran multiple operating systems, with 44 percent using only one server OS.

"The ZDNet.co.uk survey provides an interesting counterpoint to other research in this area, according to analysts. 'Though there are some interesting differences with our findings, this survey does seem to be a pretty good reflection of how we see server usage,' says Chris Ingle, consulting and research director for systems at analyst group IDC."

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