Big Business, Big Linux

Big Business, Big Linux

Summary: IT funds may be short, but The Linux Foundation has found that companies are still investing in Linux for cloud computing, "Big Data," and greenfield deployments.


Linux has found a home for itself in the office.

Linux has found a home for itself in the office.

Will your business move to Windows 8 server? Will your office support iPads for work? I don't know. I do know that chances are your enterprise is very likely to increase its use of Linux.

According to new report by The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, "Linux Adoption Trends 2012: A Survey of Enterprise End Users," in a lousy IT economy Linux is still growing by leaps and bounds.

How fast it is growing? The report states, "Eighty-four percent of respondents report that their organizations have expanded Linux usage in the last 12 months, with 82% planning on continuing that expansion into the year ahead. The 5-year outlook indicates an even longer-term commitment to the platform among 79.8% of Linux users surveyed, who say the use of Linux in their company or organization will increase relative to other operating systems during this time period."

Windows? More than 25% are planning to decrease the number of Windows servers, while only 21.7% of respondents are planning an increase in Windows servers during this time period.

For companies that are moving to Big Data, such as Wal-Mart and Intuit, the Linux Foundation found that "nearly 72% are choosing Linux to support it. Most enterprises expressed concern with the rapid growth of data, and Linux is clearly the platform of choice to address it. Only 35.9% are planning to use Windows to meet the demands of this new environment."

As for the cloud, the Foundation found that "Cloud computing continues its steady adoption across all enterprises worldwide, and this trend is reflected in our survey. This year we saw a 34% increase in organizations migrating some of their applications to cloud-based computing. All told, 61% of organizations now cite cloud-based applications, whether public, private, or hybrid. Of those users in the cloud, 66% are using Linux as their primary platform, up 4.7% from last year. Going forward, 34.9% of organizations are planning to migrate more applications to the cloud, up from 26% last year."

So why are people moving to Linux for their servers and cloud? Total cost of ownership (TCO), 70%; feature set/technical superiority, 68.6%; and security, 64.6% continue to be Linux's major adoption drivers. It's also noteworthy, when you can't go a day without hearing about another major security problem, such as the massive holes in Oracle's DBMS software, that 77.2% of the survey's respondents consider Linux to be more secure than other operating systems.

It used to be that Linux gained its market-share from cannibalizing Unix servers. That seems to no longer be the case. According to this study, in the last two years 71.6% of new Linux deployments have been in brand new applications and green deployments. By comparison, 38.5% were migrations from Windows and 34.5% were from Unix.

Of course, as the Linux Foundation admits, their results come from "enterprise users who are motivated to take a survey from The Linux Foundation are not an unbiased lot, but the size of these organizations, their buying power and technical prowess - as filtered by The Linux Foundation and Yeoman - can provide important guidance both for Linux vendors and developers, as well as their competitors."

The Foundation has a point. The survey covered 428 respondents at organizations with $500 million or more a year in revenues or greater than 500 employees. Companies surveyed included Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Bristol-Myers Squibb, NTT, Deutsche Bank, DreamWorks, ADP, Bank of New York, NYSE, NASDAQ QMX, Goodrich, MetLife, AIG, and many more. These companies aren't using Linux for trivial jobs either. 69.1% these companies plan in the next twelve months to use Linux for more mission-critical workloads. In other words, big companies doing big work are leading the way to Linux.

Linux tie image by adpowers, CC 2.0.

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  • Steve, I don't understand.

    How can this be given the NetApp statistics I keep reading about that say Linux usage is 'miniscule' (<2%)?

    Dietrich T. Schmitz *Your
    • Because when you write a Linux blog

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz * Your Linux Advocate <br>you need to "inflate" the actual numbers some.

      Here's the usual "we left something out" sentence:

      [i]More than 25% are planning to decrease the number of Windows servers[/i]
      The didn't say they where movoing to Linux, they said that they're decreasing the number of Windows servers.
      Given the many VM systems out there (where even MS's is VM is growin) You don't need more to do less as The new servers do more for less.

      Simple economics, and likely something I wasn't supposed to mention, given Steven's reliability record. ;)
      William Farrel
      • RE: Big Business, Big Linux

        @William Farrel
        You seem to be trying to create conflict, why?

        What is left out? Nothing.
      • RE: Big Business, Big Linux

        @William Farrel
        I know it hurts. Let it all out.
      • RE: Big Business, Big Linux

        @William Farrel LOL accurate and nicely done. We "decreased our window servers" here as well - they are now virtual. And I love this..."According to new report by The Linux Foundation..." Of course it's growing! Duuuuh
      • RE: Big Business, Big Linux


        We have been virtualizing servers here for years with VMWare. And we have more Windows servers than any other. But our Linux servers are on the rise. We need the stability offered by Linux for our mission critical processes. We have Windows servers pretty much being used for applications; we are even moving our file and print servers to Linux as they are more reliable.

        So while our number of Windows servers is growing, so is the number of Linux servers. Plus, we use the same Suse template for our virtual servers each time without any licensing fees; we all know that applying a Windows server template in VMWare costs thousands for the license.
      • RE: Big Business, Big Linux

        @William Farrel A masochist is someone who deliberately inflicts pain on themselves for pleasure. If you are against Linux, against open source, and have problems with a columnist who promotes them, and you still hang around and post disparaging comments, then I suspect masochism. There is help. Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. It takes courage to admit you have a problem.
      • RE: Big Business, Big Linux

        @William Farrel
        Let me know when Linux usage is on decline... well, I guess I can be fair, just tell me when it's growth is reported to have stopped, mm'kay? ;)

        Troll good or don't troll at all :D
    • RE: Big Business, Big Linux

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz * Your Linux Advocate

      That figure is for Clients hitting servers. The article is talking about servers and systems. You don't go surfing amazon on your mission critical server.
      • RE: Big Business, Big Linux

        See: (snickers.....)

        It???s a joke.
      • RE: Big Business, Big Linux

        @Bozzer "You don't go surfing amazon on your mission critical server."

        Except at lunch, on your own time.
      • RE: Big Business, Big Linux

        @Bozzer Why not? It'd work. Linux is the king of scaling and multitasking. 92% of the top 500 computers in the world can't be wrong!
    • RE: Big Business, Big Linux

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz * Your Linux Advocate In my think of view windows 8 is better then linux here:
      • RE: Big Business, Big Linux

        @nomikhokher yeah.. and i wound up with an incomplete windows 8 install on my laptop.
      • RE: Big Business, Big Linux

        @xeptf4 Operator error?
      • RE: Big Business, Big Linux

        Because entering username + password is such pain?

        Oh well, at least it can be installed without couple restarts on process now days - progress!
    • RE: Big Business, Big Linux

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz * Your Linux Advocate <br><br>That easy netapp counts is pretty much always going to count desktops and laptops which are where windows dominates, servers won't get counted in that and Linux has expanded massively in that area. AIX is still my production runtime of choice but RHEL closely follows, I think windows has the desktop locked up but Linux is rapidly devoring windows in the server space
  • RE: Big Business, Big Linux

    The linux foundation which asks its users who are linux users to do a survey asking if they will use linux, and the results are yes. Not a very shocking survey at all.
    [i]in a lousy IT economy Linux is still growing by leaps and bounds.[/i]
    Where is it growing? The survey said they were expanding which means they are already using linux, that's not growth. Lets see a follow up in a year with howw maintenance costs are through the rough because of using linux. Bogus survey with bogus questions that does nothing but show the linux foundation's bias.
    Loverock Davidson-
    • RE: Big Business, Big Linux

      @Loverock Davidson-

      I imagine wall mart, and it's ilk know a wee bit more than you laddie.
      • RE: Big Business, Big Linux

        @Bozzer Can you spell "WalMart"?????