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% of the servers sold worldwide during the third quarter run Linux, this is up 42.6%, while the entire server market grew by only 5.5% 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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