IDC's Q3 2004 server report found the users spend £529m worldwide on Linux servers - an increase of 44% on last year. Meanwhile, sales of Microsoft Windows-based systems were also growing, but at a lower rate. Sales hit £2.8bn worldwide - an increase of 13.3% on last year's figures. Hewlett-Packard said it had shipped 27.4% more Linux servers compared to last year.
Blade servers, which promise more compact and manageable server technology, are gaining popularity, according to IDC. Sales have grown by 44% over the past year, although at £152m they only account for 2.5% of the global server market.
Dundee City Council, a user of Linux servers since 1996, has replaced 11 servers with one IBM zSeries 800 mainframe to run SuSE Linux on 25 virtual servers. SuSE Linux Enterprise Server will be used to run council systems including payroll, housing, social services and web services.