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.
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
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