If you believe
International Data Corp. released new server operating system data earlier this week that showed Linux running a close second to Microsoft's NT Server, in terms of number of units shipped on new systems in 1999.
IDC pegged NT at 36 percent of the 5.7 million server OSes shipped on new platforms, Linux at 24 percent and Novell NetWare at 19 percent.
|'Linux use is still in its infancy. … Eventually, we'll see it showing up inside large corporations, but mostly at the departmental and file/print serving level.'|
-- IDC's Dan Kusnetzky
Only about 10 percent of Linux servers were running "enterprise-class" applications, such as commercial databases, according to IDC.
The bottom line: "Linux use is still in its infancy. Linux is largely a platform for Web infrastructure and for VARs (value-added resellers) and ISPs in the small-business space," said Dan Kusnetzky, IDC's vice president for software research.
"Eventually, we'll see it (Linux) showing up inside large corporations, but mostly at the departmental and file/print serving level."
|'This enterprise demand is a fairly new trend. In the last three to four months, we've really seen an uptick in acceptance among Fortune 500 accounts.' |
-- Oracle's Bob Shimp
"Corporate interest is increasing, as evidenced by things like our providing Linux on the S/390 (mainframe). Within the next year, we expect to see some significant deployments in this (corporate) space."
Linux system vendor VA Linux Systems CEO Larry Augustin painted a similar picture.
"The traditional Fortune 500 non-technology business is a future customer for us. Most of our time right now is spent with technology companies who are implementing Internet strategies," he said.
"We believe Linux is ready for the data center. It's not just a low-end development platform and a platform for small-business use," said Bob Shimp, senior director of Internet platform marketing at Oracle.
"This enterprise demand is a fairly new trend," Shimp admitted. "In the last three to four months, we've really seen an uptick in acceptance among Fortune 500 accounts. It's time to push hard at the data center."
Earlier this year, Oracle made Linux a "tier-1" operating system, in terms of the level of support it provides for the platform.
On Wednesday, the company announced it was making available this month its complete family of Oracle Internet Application Server products (Enterprise, Standard and Wireless) available on Linux.
So, is Oracle just ahead of the curve?
IDC's Kusnetzky noted that not every CIO is up-to-speed as to which operating systems his or her company is deploying at all times.
And one rogue Linux server located in a Fortune 500 company's office in the Kansas hinterlands still can be counted, technically, as proof of a Fortune 500 Linux deployment, Kusnetzky added.