Australia is Windows server territory

Server shipment numbers show that Microsoft dominates the server environment in Australia.

I'll be honest, when I recently read this piece on Linux server uptake increasing, I was sceptical.

How could you increase the share of an OS that straddles the server space like a colossus?

The answer is quite simple: my assumptions had made an ass of me.

To quote the facts:

In financial year 2012, AU$235.35 million was spent on Linux servers, and in the same year, one in four servers shipped in the Australian market was Linux-based. Approximately 29 percent of all the money spent on server infrastructure in Australia went towards Linux servers.

Flabbergasted, I needed to confirm the figures, and here is what Gartner had to say on the topic.

Clearly, Windows is way out in front based on these numbers. What's interesting is that shipments increased, but Windows was slightly down, with Linux picking up.

But before the Microsofties get too cocky, IDC now believes that Linux is running more enterprise mission and business critical workloads than other OSes, including Windows Server.

Which leaves the question: what are all those Windows Servers for?

Yes, there are companies out there that are pure Microsoft shops and will run all services on the platform, but even the most Linux-friendly business of a reasonable size is going to need to support Windows desktops at some point in its growth.

And that's where services such as Active Directory, Sharepoint, and Exchange nuzzle their way into the equation.

Over the next few years, though, we will be able to judge whether the current push from vendors to move everything into the cloud works. If it does, expect the shipment number, as a whole, to decrease.


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Many enterprises now use some form of visualization platform, notably VMware. So how is this factored in? Then there is the issue that often Windows servers are setup to run one service and run one process only. Where as Linux servers are laden with service after service. So how is this factored in? So it's not about how many lanes on your highway, it's really about how many cars use each lane. What about publishing a service per server ratio. That would be more interesting.


Or are we to believe that in all of Australia almost all servers are sold with a OS? That would be very different from my experience in this side of the world.


Do you have the global numbers comparing Windows server to Linux? (not just Australia)


What are you smoking? "Windows servers are setup to run one service and run one process only" - So a server can use just AD with a separate server for DNS and a third server for DHCP? Pleeeeease.

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