Linux: A ‘strategic asset’ for cloud and virtualisation

News Jennifer Scott Jan 19, 2012

The Linux Foundation’s annual report claims it is the ‘dominant platform’ to deal with cloud and the explosion of Big Data.

The Linux Foundation has recognised the importance of cloud and virtualisation for the coming year and thinks its platform is the answer to business woes.

In its annual report – which surveyed 428 IT professionals from organisations around the globe with revenues over $500 million or over 500 employees –  the organisation claimed Linux had “proven to be a strategic asset” for delivering both the technologies, with increasing numbers of companies turning to Linux, rather than Windows, to help with implementation.

Of the 61 per cent of organisations using cloud applications, it found 66 per cent were using Linux as their primary platform – up by 4.7 per cent on last year’s figures.

It also claimed Linux was the best choice for the growing numbers in virtualisation. With 72 per cent planning on having a quarter or more of their servers virtualised by the end of 2012 and 46 per cent aiming for half, the Linux Foundation believes its ability to virtualise x86, mid-range and mainframe systems will put Linux in good stead.

As well as cloud computing and virtualisation, Big Data was the other key trend the report recognised and, again, it felt Linux was well placed to deal with the data deluge.

Over 75 per cent of respondents cited Big Data as an issue and 72 per cent said they planned on using Linux to address it, compared to just 35.9 per cent set to use Windows.

“The consistency of the research findings and the year over year improvements in perception and adoption bode extremely well for Linux,” read the report.

“As the community works to foster talent and overcome some lingering misconceptions, Linux vendors should continue to plan for growth in the coming years, as the survey results indicate that the platform is maintaining its positive momentum, perception and adoption among the world’s largest enterprise users.”

The report comes on the same day open source giants Red Hat released its latest version of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation 3.0 (REV 3.0). You can read more on the launch here.