IDC Survey Shows Linux Share of IT Budget Will Grow To 9 Percent In 2002

Web seminars and new reports highlight factors behind increasing Linux

adoption



Aug 14, 2001, 01:00 ET from IDC

    FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Linux is making major inroads
 as a platform for the future, and is well positioned to continue to gain
 market share at the expense of other platforms.  Results from a soon-to-be-
 published IDC survey of more than 800 North America and Western Europe server
 platform decision makers indicate that end customer spending on Linux-related
 hardware, software, services, and staffing will grow to 9% of the IT budget in
 2002, up from only 3% in 1999.
     "Although Linux is not yet widely deployed in production environments, we
 are seeing signs of significant adoption," says Scott McLarnon, study director
 and group vice president at IDC. "The willingness of an increasing number of
 decision-makers to look closely at Linux bodes well for its future and
 suggests increasing challenges for competitive platforms. Many of the hurdles
 to Linux adoption are being addressed by platform vendors, and we expect that
 competition among operating systems as well as among Linux vendors will
 increase dramatically. Only a few vendors have significant mindshare in the
 Linux market, indicating major untapped opportunities for hardware and
 software vendors alike.  However, Linux marketplace success is not assured.
 Challenges remain to be addressed, notably broader availability of software,
 skills and trained staff for deploying and managing Linux environments."
 
     Key findings include the following:
 
     -- Linux buyers are becoming more mainstream within the corporation
     -- Nearly 40% of respondents are actively using or piloting Linux
     -- In terms of unit replenishment, Linux is growing twice as fast as Unix
 Linux advantages (performance, scalability, value) are gaining in prominence
 
     IDC will be presenting the results of this comprehensive Linux survey in a
 series of five web conferences in August and September. In conjunction with
 the web conferences IDC will be releasing three reports: Overview of Linux
 Market Trends and Buyer Perceptions, Linux Operating Environment Hardware
 Trends, and Linux Operating Environment Software Trends.
 
     For additional information, contact David Shiang at 508-935-4426 or
 dshiang@idc.com.
 
     About IDC
     IDC delivers dependable, high-impact insights and advice on the future of
 ebusiness, the Internet, and information technology to help organizations make
 sound business decisions. IDC forecasts worldwide markets and trends and
 analyzes business strategies, technologies, and vendors, using a combination
 of rigorous primary research and in-depth competitive analysis. IDC provides
 global research with local content through more than 600 analysts in 43
 countries worldwide. IDC's customers comprise the world's leading IT
 suppliers, IT organizations, eBusinesses, and the financial community.
 Additional information can be found at http://www.idc.com.
 IDC is a division of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and
 exposition company.
 
     All product and company names may be trademarks or registered trademarks
 of their respective holders.
 
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    FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Linux is making major inroads
 as a platform for the future, and is well positioned to continue to gain
 market share at the expense of other platforms.  Results from a soon-to-be-
 published IDC survey of more than 800 North America and Western Europe server
 platform decision makers indicate that end customer spending on Linux-related
 hardware, software, services, and staffing will grow to 9% of the IT budget in
 2002, up from only 3% in 1999.
     "Although Linux is not yet widely deployed in production environments, we
 are seeing signs of significant adoption," says Scott McLarnon, study director
 and group vice president at IDC. "The willingness of an increasing number of
 decision-makers to look closely at Linux bodes well for its future and
 suggests increasing challenges for competitive platforms. Many of the hurdles
 to Linux adoption are being addressed by platform vendors, and we expect that
 competition among operating systems as well as among Linux vendors will
 increase dramatically. Only a few vendors have significant mindshare in the
 Linux market, indicating major untapped opportunities for hardware and
 software vendors alike.  However, Linux marketplace success is not assured.
 Challenges remain to be addressed, notably broader availability of software,
 skills and trained staff for deploying and managing Linux environments."
 
     Key findings include the following:
 
     -- Linux buyers are becoming more mainstream within the corporation
     -- Nearly 40% of respondents are actively using or piloting Linux
     -- In terms of unit replenishment, Linux is growing twice as fast as Unix
 Linux advantages (performance, scalability, value) are gaining in prominence
 
     IDC will be presenting the results of this comprehensive Linux survey in a
 series of five web conferences in August and September. In conjunction with
 the web conferences IDC will be releasing three reports: Overview of Linux
 Market Trends and Buyer Perceptions, Linux Operating Environment Hardware
 Trends, and Linux Operating Environment Software Trends.
 
     For additional information, contact David Shiang at 508-935-4426 or
 dshiang@idc.com.
 
     About IDC
     IDC delivers dependable, high-impact insights and advice on the future of
 ebusiness, the Internet, and information technology to help organizations make
 sound business decisions. IDC forecasts worldwide markets and trends and
 analyzes business strategies, technologies, and vendors, using a combination
 of rigorous primary research and in-depth competitive analysis. IDC provides
 global research with local content through more than 600 analysts in 43
 countries worldwide. IDC's customers comprise the world's leading IT
 suppliers, IT organizations, eBusinesses, and the financial community.
 Additional information can be found at http://www.idc.com.
 IDC is a division of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and
 exposition company.
 
     All product and company names may be trademarks or registered trademarks
 of their respective holders.
 
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