Sales of network servers running the open-source Linux operating system are topped $1 billion last fiscal quarter, according to International Data Corporation (IDC), a market research and analysis firm.
More than 9 percent of the servers sold worldwide during the third quarter run Linux, this is up 42.6 percent, while the entire server market grew by only 5.5 percent over last year. This is the ninth consecutive quarter of double-digit revenue growth for Linux servers.
I’m not surprised that Linux servers are surpassing Windows servers, in terms of relative popularity. I rarely meet competent IT professionals with broad experience who prefer Windows servers over Linux. Interestingly, I’ll be building two new Linux servers, this weekend. One will be an in-place system upgrade, and the other server will replace a Windows-based network.
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