Around 25% of enterprises will be running mission-critical business application on Linux platforms by 2009.
The prediction comes from analyst Saugatuck Technology, as a result of joint research with BusinessWeek Research Services.
The researchers questioned over 130 firms and also found that 45% of enterprises will be using Linux to run critical applications by 2011. At the end of this year, 18% will be relying on Linux for critical applications.
The analyst said Linux and other open source software take-up had now reached critical mass in the market place.
It said recent open source announcements by Oracle and Microsoft had fuelled take-up by supporting the notion that open source solutions were “enterprise grade”.
Saugatuck also said Linux would play a key part in the emerging software as a service (SaaS) market, as providers came to increasingly rely on Linux platforms to deliver solutions.
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