About company Our development services Portfolio. Case studies Support Testimonials Contacts Brutka Ltd: web site development and custom software development

Linux, Windows Server both hit by economy


An industry analyst forecast has Linux shipments slipping a bit more percentage-wise than Microsoft's Windows Server, but Microsoft is feeling the pain of the economy, too, said an analyst who worked on the report.

The IDC quarterly forecast of worldwide x86 server OS shipments for the year 2009, released last month, has Linux declining year over year by 16.1 percent, from 1.747 million shipments last year to nearly 1.47 million in 2009. Windows Server is slated to drop by 12.8 percent, from 5.75 million units in 2008 to about 5.016 million units this year, the syndicated report stated.

[ When it comes to server OSes, it's a tight two-horse race. Or is it? Check out the Windows-vs-Linux server face-off. ]

However, this news of Linux's greater slippage on a percentage basis is not much consolation for Microsoft, stressed analyst Matthew Eastwood, group vice president for enterprise platform research. "It's not exactly a great story for them, either," he said.

"We're projecting the market to decline for everybody," down double digits this year, Eastwood said.

The reason Linux might slip a bit more than Windows Server is that large datacenters running Linux have felt the effects of the market slowdown and are pulling back on installations, according to Eastwood. With Windows, many customers are on enterprise site licenses and deploying Windows does not cost any extra.

Overall, x86 server shipments are expected to drop 13.5 percent, including other shipments besides Linux and Windows Server. IDC's forecast, which was not vendor-sponsored, is compiled region by region, with IDC looking at economic data around gross domestic product growth.

The IDC findings do not conflict with a recent Novell-sponsored IDC report that said the down economy was driving an uptick in Linux evaluation, Eastwood said. "In the short term, Linux is down as is Windows. But over time, we believe Linux will continue to grow," as will Windows, he said.







 

Other news for today


76
Mismatched tag

30.04 09 
Longjump puts SaaS inside IT shops.
Platform-as-a-service provider Longjump announced this week that its on-demand Business Applications Platform can now be licensed and used within a customer's four walls."Now we are...
 

30.04 09 
IBM, Mayo form open source health IT consortium.
Biomedical informatics researchers at IBM and the Mayo Clinic have launched a new open source consortium focused on natural language processing (NLP), in an effort to help doctors share diagnosis...
 

30.04 09 
Dell frees latest Vostro laptops of bloatware.
Dell on Thursday introduced small-business laptops that will be free of bloatware, which could help improve system performance and protect storage space.The Vostro laptops will be preloaded only...
 

30.04 09 
iTKO touts Web 2.0, virtualization in test product.
iTKO on Thursday is offering an upgrade to its Lisa product for services testing, validation and governance, touting capabilities for Web 2.0 applications and virtualization.Geared to architectures...
 

30.04 09 
IBM continues push for Sun, but will the deal kill Solaris?.
The high-stakes, but still under-the covers battle by IBM to take over Sun Microsystems is still in play, but IBM may be rethinking what it is willing to pay for the enterprise vendor.The Wall...
 

30.04 09 
Central Desktop delivers Outlook plug-in.
Central Desktop has enhanced its eponymous Web-hosted collaboration suite with a plug-in for Outlook that the company believes increases its viability as a SharePoint alternative.Microsoft Outlook...
 

30.04 09 
Adobe, Nokia outline planned ventures at Web 2.0 show.
Officials from Adobe Systems and Nokia emphasized endeavors in the application design and form factor spaces in presentations at the Web 2.0 Expo conference Thursday in San Francisco.Touting...