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Linux benefits from rise of cloud and big data: study

Cloud computing and big data are driving business use of Linux at the expense of Windows and Unix, a Linex Foundation survey has revealed.

The survey found that 80% of respondents said that not only have they added Linux servers in the past 12 months, they also plan to add more in the next 12 months and over the next five years.

Only 21.7% of respondents are planning an increase in Windows servers and more than a quarter are actually planning to decrease the number of Windows servers they use in the upcoming five years.

The report, which was released on Thursday, was an invitation-only survey conducted in partnership with Yeoman Technology Group late last year. Though responses were received from nearly 1900 people, the report focuses on data from the world’s largest enterprises and government organisations, as represented by 428 respondents at organisations with $500 million or more in annual revenues or greater than 500 employees.

More than 71 % of such users said the majority of their new Linux depoyments over the past two years were for brand new applications and services, while migrations to Linux came primarily at the expense of legacy Windows and Unix systems.

Almost 70 % indicated that they plan to increase their use of Linux over the upcoming year for mission-critical workloads.

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