Feeds

Linux share grows in UK SME sector

Moving up the value chain

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

The use of Linux is growing in the UK SMB market, According to a survey of 200 small and medium businesses (SMBs) in the UK, conducted in September this year by Vanson Bourne on behalf of IBM.

The survey indicates that 26 per cent of small businesses already deploy Linux. Of those not yet using Linux, 15 per cent said they are likely to use it in the future while a further 26 per cent were undecided, and the remaining 59 per cent had no current intention to adopt it.

The main reason given for moving to Linux was lower costs (38 percent of respondents), with performance, security and reliability at 23 percent. The major casualty in the migration to Linux is Windows, with 42 per cent of users having moved away from Microsoft Windows NT and Windows 2003 server environments, 23 per cent from Sun Solaris and 15 per cent from HP UX.

With SMBs the common areas of application for Linux are for file and print applications, web serving, hosting, caching, email systems and firewalls. However, the survey indicates that the role of Linux is spreading. 55 per cent of SMBs believe Linux is sufficiently robust to run mission critical applications and 40 per cent believe that Linux will become a core application operating system. Of the SMBs likely to invest in Linux in the next year, 15 percent will use it for mission critical applications such as ERP, SCM and CRM and 23 per cent will use it for business intelligence and data warehousing. Linux is clearly moving up the SMB value chain.

An interesting part of the survey was statistics on influencers. Apparently for SMBs, business partners (18 pe rcent), professional organizations (16 per cent) and consultants (15 per cent) were the most important sources of information on Linux. This is no different to what we might have expected, but it draws attention to an important aspect of the growth of Linux.

Across the world now Linux is viewed as a major revenue generating opportunity for the IT organisations that serve the SMB market - which, incidentally, is estimated to be half of the whole IT market.

The SMB market is not and has never been awash with money, so value is critical to the SMB and thus low cost computing is equally critical to the IT providers to the SMBs. However, both IT providers and customers are resistant to change in this market. That's why Novell didn't die away quickly when the trend was towards Windows. The trend is now clearly away from Windows, to what is perceived to be a less expensive and more robust server environment.

© IT-Analysis.com

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Bono apologises for iTunes album dump
Megalomania, generosity and FEAR of irrelevance drove group to Apple deal
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register
You'll Read These And LOL Even Though They're Serious
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.