The Linux Foundation Releases 2012 Enterprise Linux User Report

Big data and the cloud, two important IT trends, are fueling new deployments of Linux, according to The Linux Foundation. The non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux has just released its latest report on Linux adoption trends, which includes new data about Linux's role in supporting cloud computing, big data and new, greenfield deployments.

According to The Linux Foundation, the 2012 Enterprise Linux survey shows that Linux use among new and veteran Linux users continues to increase at the expense of Windows and Unix. Part of this growth, the foundation says, is due to Linux's role in two of the biggest IT trends - supporting the increasing level of "big data"; and achieving productivity and security gains with virtualization and cloud computing.

According to the survey, eight out of 10 respondents say that they have both added Linux servers in the last 12 months and plan to add more in the next 12 months, with the same number planning to add more Linux in the next 5 years. Only 21.7% of respondents are planning an increase in Windows servers during that same period (next 5 years). In addition, more than 75% of respondents expressed concern about supporting "big data," and nearly 72% are choosing Linux to support it.

To download "Linux Adoption Trends 2012: A Survey of Enterprise End Users" by The Linux Foundation, visit The Linux Foundation's Publications website.