Linux solidifies its marketability due to the increased Linux adoption by enterprise businesses
Published: 14 August 2013
Wast majority of IT companies are already engaging Linux in a process of application development, web hosting, supercomputing or some kind of general computing service. This rapid adoption of the Linux operating system for a non-business critical applications is a well known fact. However, recent study conducted by Suse Linux reveals that 83 percent of enterprise companies already have Linux deployed on their servers and more than half of the responders included in the survey, which do not have currently Linux as part of their business operations, are prepared to incorporate Linux into their business model within upcoming 12 months.
Linux as a product of an open source community offers number of indisputable advantages in comparison to proprietary Microsoft or Unix solutions. One of the biggest advantages seen by companies considering to include Linux into their business is vendor independence and reduction of total cost of ownership. On the other hand, adoption of Linux by enterprise businesses is slowed down by lack of skilled work force, which was already pointed out by Linux Foundation in their 2013 Linux Jobs Report.
Apart of the large Microsoft Windows Server deployments, up until now the RISC/UNIX systems were seen as the only reliable platform to host mission critical applications. This is changing fast as companies see the uncanny resemblance between proprietary Unix and open source operating systems such as Redhat or Suse Linux. According to the Suse Linux report, RedHat Linux is currently the most-deployed platform by companies and this fact can also be confirmed by LinuxCareer's IT Skills Watch. According to the IT Skills Watch, the demand from advertisers of IT job opportunities for the knowledge of RedHat operating system is greatest when compared with other Linux operating systems. Moreover, it can also be concluded based on the LinuxCareer's research that such demand has been rather stable in the last three months.