European Linux Server Market Poised to Soar

By Amy Newman (Send Email)
Posted Jun 16, 2003

IDC research sponsored by LinuxWorld indicates that 2003 may well be the year Linux penetrates the Western European server market.

IDC anticipates that more than 162,000 Linux servers will ship in Western Europe this year, translating into a $621 million market.

The research firm is forecasting that more than 162,000 Linux servers will ship in Western Europe this year. This translates into a $621 million market that IDC anticipates will more than double to $1.9 billion in revenue by 2007 and triple in volume with almost 500,000 servers shipping.

"The fact is that all major server vendors throughout Europe and worldwide, are prepared to sell and support Linux servers," said Martin Hingley, vice president of IDC's European Systems Group, "and this will continue to fuel the spread of Linux."

These findings have in part prompted IDG (of which IDC is a part) to launch LinuxWorld in the United Kingdom.

The desktop market is also seeing an upswing in Linux adoption. According to the IDC survey, 15.5 percent of business users are considering the open source language. Although growth in this area is slower than in the server market, IDC expects the introduction of Web services to accelerate Linux adoption at the desktop level.

"Sun's latest low-cost Linux PC, scheduled to ship in the summer of 2003, could spur a wider use of the system on desktops. Sun has also shipped a large number of its Star Office application suite, and Lindows, a small start-up also has ambitions to create personal productivity tools comparable with Microsoft," Hingley noted.

Oracle's announement in February that it would offer technical support to customers using open-source software from the United Linux Consortium was another fork for the Linux pie. As was an annoucement from Ximian, which develops Linux-based desktop productivity applications, that a version of its soon-to-be-released software will tightly integrate with Windows.

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