Market Share Analysis: Server Operating Systems, Worldwide, 2016

Archived Published: 26 May 2017 ID: G00318388


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Growth in the server operating system market was flat at 0.7% in 2016. As the market matures, technology strategic planners in OS and server hardware vendors should protect and evolve their OS offerings to stay relevant in the digital era.

Table of Contents

  • Market Share Data
  • Overall Market Segment Performance Analysis
    • Linux (Server) Is the Fastest-Growing OS Segment
    • The Fall of Unix and Proprietary OS Is at Its Inflection Point
  • Top Vendors Analyzed
    • Microsoft Windows (Server) Grew Modestly Due to a Decline of Transactional Server Sales and Cloud Migration
    • Red Hat Became the Second-Largest OS Vendor Through Linux (Server) Growth and Geographical Expansion
    • Underperforming Hardware Business Shadowed IBM OS Revenue
    • HPE Recorded a Deep Decline in OS Revenue as HP-UX Server Sales Plummeted
    • Oracle Solaris' Loss Counteracted Oracle Linux's Gain
  • Other Notable Vendors
    • Canonical (Ubuntu) Grew Fast, With More Paying Customers
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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