IDC: Linux to take 29% of server shipments in 2008


IDC: Linux to take 29% of server shipments in 2008

The Linux operating system will account for 29% of units shipped into the worldwide server market in 2008, up from 12% last year, according to IDC.

Linux will take $9.7bn (£5.3bn) from the $60.8bn market when measured by revenue, it predicted.

Servers running the Windows operating system will account for $22.7bn of the market.

IDC forecasts that the worldwide market for server hardware will grow at 3.8% per year for the next five years, jumping from $53bn in 2004 to $60.8bn in 2008.

Growth will be strongest in central and eastern Europe and the Asia Pacific region, both of which are expected to grow more than 6.5%, year-over-year, until 2008.

Though Windows systems will account for 37% of the 2008 server market, when measured by spend, they will account for 60% of the units shipped, a slight drop in market share from the 63% of units shipped that IDC reported for 2003.

Sales of blade systems are also expected to grow rapidly, according to IDC. By 2008, blade shipments are expected to reach $9bn, or 29% of server units shipped. Blades accounted for just 4% of the server market in 2003, the research firm said.

Robert McMillan writes for IDG News Service

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