Most Linux computer servers used in the enterprise are running on dual processors, reflecting a transition in the marketplace for the open-source operating system toward heavier enterprise workloads, a research firm said Monday.
The annual growth rate of Linux server shipments has risen over the last three years to 40 percent in the second quarter of this year from 15 percent in the same period in 2001, International Data Corp. said.
"In the past few years, we have seen an increasing number of organizations adopt and deploy Linux for the basic infrastructure workloads, in part driven by their focus to reduce overall IT acquisition costs," IDC analyst Jessica Yang said in a statement.
More recently, Linux is beginning to be considered for running databases and other enterprise applications, and IDC expects the platform to become more diverse and take on more workloads over time.
The trend of moving enterprise workloads onto Linux is being boosted by the release of Linux 2.6, which supports scalable servers; strong support from infrastructure vendors; and the ability of Linux servers to take on stronger roles as database engines for multi-tiered computing infrastructure, IDC said.