Linux Foundation finds enterprise Linux growing at Windows’ expense

This report relies on data from a survey that is invitation-only of Linux Foundation’s Enterprise End User Council as well as companies and organizations with sales of $500 million or even more, or 500 or more workers. The group that is surveyed Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Bristol-Myers Squibb, NTT, Goodrich, MetLife, and AIG. Of course, these ongoing companies are already invested in Linux. That said, it’s significant how many Fortune 500 financial organizations now place their trust in Linux for mission-critical software.

Particularly, they discovered that enterprise host applications are being deployed at the expense of Windows and Unix over the last four years. Linux deployments rose during this period, from 65 percent to 79 percent, while Windows deployment has fallen from 45 percent to 36 percent.

Linux is leading the generation

Linux remains the choice that is go-to the cloud, with 75 percent of enterprises reporting that they use Linux as their primary cloud platform. These numbers compare to fewer than 24 % Windows that is using and than 2 percent using Unix to support the cloud. Indeed, even Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently professed his love for Linux.

Companies consider Linux reliable

An important consideration in light of increasing scrutiny on the security of projects that support the world’s software infrastructure in fact, 78 percent of enterprises feel that Linux is more secure than most other operating systems.

Linux’s growth is significant

Linux continues to be the platform of choice for companies running it; more than 87 percent added Linux servers this year, and 82 percent plan to add more in the year that is next. In fact, deployment on Linux has risen, while deployment on Windows continues to fall.