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W e're in the midst of technology transitions that will have profound implications for the server operat- ing system landscape over the next product cycle, with new challenges to the dominance of Windows Server in enterprise data centers. Companies should give some serious thought to their options. Is it time to reconsider the status quo? Linux is winning the fight for next-gen cloud-scale data centers, like those running massive consumer web apps or software-as-a-service businesses. But Windows Server still reigns in enterprise data cen- ters, our InformationWeek 2015 Windows Survey of 330 business technology professionals shows. The reality of managing a data center means ad- ministrative and automation features and support for legacy business applications are top of mind, October 2014 2 informationweek.com Previous Next Previous Next Download Download Register Register Subscribe Subscribe Previous Next Previous Next By Kurt Marko DOWNLOAD PDF 2015 Server OS Outlook Windows still dominates the enterprise data center, our new survey shows, but other options are on the rise. 2014 2017 What percentage of your organization's servers are running on each of the following operating systems? What will the distribution be in 2017? OS Distribution For Servers Windows Server 2008 Windows Server 2012 Windows Server 2003 Linux (open source) Linux (vendor-specific) Unix Other Windows Server 2000 Note: Mean average percentages Data: InformationWeek 2015 Windows Survey of 212 business technology professionals involved with selecting, deploying, or managing operating systems for servers, September 2014 53% 15% 17% 46% 2% 14% 11% 16% 9% 8% 3% 3% 1% 1% 1% 0% R8181914/19

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