Linux Foundation Report on Linux Adoption Trends in 2012

Linux FoundationLast month, the Linux Foundation released its report “Linux Adoption Trends 2012: A Survey of Enterprise End Users".  The data in the report reflects the results of the second invitation-only survey of The Linux Foundation’s Enterprise "End User Council" as well as other companies and government organizations. The first Enterprise Linux survey and report was released in October 2010.

Linux professionals will not be surprised that the report shows that enterprise users are adding more Linux servers to their technology infrastructure.  Details of the report have been much discussed in the IT media--particularly on findings around Cloud Computing, Virtualization and "Big Data". However one survey result will be of particular note to members of the LPI community: the drop in the number of respondents reporting that one of their remaining concerns with Linux was a shortage of qualified people to support the technology.

The drop is significant--15% (from 38 to 32%).  Not coincidentally, this phenomenon aligns with the growth of our own training program at LPI--which now includes training partners in over 55 countries around the world.

Linux Foundation Table 9

Table 9 of “Linux Adoption Trends 2012: A Survey of Enterprise End Users"

This downward trend on concerns around shortages of qualified people is also reflective of LPI's continuing growth in IT professionals seeking our certification from around the world--and inquiries from industry representatives to source such qualified people.  This demonstrates that LPI's mission of providing "a global framework, industry leadership and services to enhance, develop and further lifelong professional careers in Linux and Open Source technologies" is working and reports from organizations such as the Linux Foundation confirm that.

Other notable findings in the Linux Foundation report include the following:

  • despite soft IT spending forecasts, enterprise users are adding more Linux: close to 80% have added Linux servers in the last year, plan to add more over the next year and the same number will add more Linux servers over the next 5 years.  This compared to close to 22% who are planning an increase in Windows servers during the same time period (5 years)--or, over the same time period, almost 26% will reduce the number of their Windows servers.
  • over the last two years new Linux deployments have been for new applications/services and greenfield deployments at the expense of both Windows and Unix.
  • Linux is increasingly trusted for mission-critical workloads (close to 70%)
  • Main drivers for Linux adoption include TCO (70%), technical superiority (nearly 69%), in-house Linux talent (close to 53%) and no vendor lock-in (almost 53%)
  • over 77% of respondents indicated that the overall security of Linux was superior to other operating systems

A full copy of the report is available at the Linux Foundation's website.

(Story submitted by LPI Staff)