The report, Fear The Penguin, said the steady maturation of the open source operating system, coupled with its presence on relatively low-cost hardware using Intel and AMD chips, will make Linux an increasingly popular choice for corporate IT buyers.
Linux is largely used on lower-end servers handling basic tasks, but it will begin to be moved on to systems that run key business applications, such as large databases, in future, the report said.
"Although the majority of corporations still appear to view Linux as a nascent technology that is not yet enterprise ready, and some have already ruled out its use, our survey also suggests that Linux-on-Intel is beginning to gain a foothold in the datacentre," the report said.
"Respondents who chose Linux in the datacentre cited the price/performance advantage of Intel-based hardware over traditional proprietary Risc-based servers and the stability and security of Linux as primary drivers for that choice."
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