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The survey found that 76.4 percent of companies are planning to add more Linux servers in the next 12 months, while only 41.2 percent of respondents are planning to add Windows servers in the next year and 43.6 percent say they will be decreasing or maintaining the number of Windows servers in their organizations over the same time period. Over the next five years, Linux will outpace all other server operating systems: 79.4 percent of respondents plan on adding more Linux servers, compared to only 21.3 percent planning on adding more Windows servers in the same period. 60.2 percent of respondents reporting that they plan to use Linux for more mission-critical workloads than they have in the past.
Other key findings of the report include:
It's important to remember that all the individuals surveyed are already using Linux, and all are from companies, organizations, and government agencies selected by The Linux Foundation and Yeoman. Nevertheless, the trend toward Linux is definitely happening in enterprise computing, but it's still difficult to truly say to what extent.
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