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As a player in next-generation devices, Linux will help CIOs achieve their goals

  • 27 February, 2008 10:58

<p>SYDNEY, 27 February 2008, A new IDC report predicts that over the long term and certainly in next-generation devices, Linux will be a player and it won't have to capture market share from incumbents to be successful.</p>
<p>IDC states that although only a very small proportion of Australia SMBs have currently deployed Linux, CIO's should consider Linux in future IT planning.</p>
<p>"The Linux market continues to behave like a relatively young, highly dynamic industry and continues to reinvent itself as customer adoption activities become more mainstream and widespread. Linux cannot be underestimated in terms of overall market impact going forward," said Melissa Martin, senior market analyst, enterprise end-user programmes at IDC.</p>
<p>"The success of Linux should not be measured purely in terms of deployment numbers. Instead, it should be seen as a disruptive technology that is enabling the adoption of an industry standard OS that is pervasively used across many different form factors," Martin adds.</p>
<p>For Australian CIOs, reducing costs was ranked number 1 on their list of top 10 IT concerns for 2007. The reports, Adoption of Linux in Australia Small and Medium-Sized Businesses: A Work in Progress and ITEyewitness: Linux - Adopt a Penguin Today reveal that cost savings associated with open source OS top the list of drivers of adoption in SMBs. Linux servers can be used in a variety of roles (file server, Web server, database and so forth) and service a large number of users at no extra cost, apart from the additional hardware.</p>
<p>IDC notes that other positives of Linux adoption include availability of applications, availability of utilities and tools, and platform reliability and support.</p>
<p>"Most Australian SMBs willing to try Linux are at the stage where they are just considering a decision of piloting with no firm intention to deploy it. Conversely, IDC sees increasing support of Linux by all the major software vendors for their applications. This will provide the end user with greater education about the benefits of Linux and increased opportunities for Linux adoption," said Martin.</p>
<p>IDC's reports include findings on the usage of the Linux OS in the Australia SMB market, particularly in relation to:
· adoption as a desktop and server OS
· drivers and challenges of adoption
· types of Linux distribution used in SMB
· the future of Linux in the enterprise
· essential guidance for leaders considering Linux for their enterprise.</p>
<p>If you would like to purchase IDC research, please contact Gary Clarke, Associate VP of Sales, IDC via e-mail or phone 02 9925 2226.</p>
<p>For more information or an interview with the analyst, please contact Sally Taylor-Phillips, Marketing Communications Manager at IDC on +61 2 9925 2234 or e-mail</p>
<p>On IDC's website,, this media release relates to document(s):
Document #AZ61610SP, Adoption of Linux in Australia Small and Medium-Sized Businesses: A Work in Progress and
Document #AZ61610SP, ITEyewitness: Linux - Adopt a Penguin Today.</p>
<p>Call for CIOs
IDC is currently interviewing for its Forecast for Management survey and is inviting CIOs to participate. Your opinions are valuable for industry research and will be collated (anonymously) in a report on CIOs priorities for 2008. For your participation, you will automatically receive the executive summary of the report when it is released. Contact before 15th March, if you would like to participate.</p>
<p>About IDC
IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 900 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 90 countries worldwide. For more than 43 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting or</p>

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