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Operating System Competition Accelerates: Windows vs. Linux vs. Solaris on x86 Servers

Published: 14 April 2009

ID: G00167218

Analyst(s): Carl Claunch, George J. Weiss


The OS competition is heating up as vendors pursue greater account leverage and seek to minimize commoditization. IT departments are put on notice: Vendors are aggregating more features in the OS to make it differentiable and less of a commodity.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Worldwide OS Market Projections
  • The OS Competitive Scene
  • Competitive Dynamics: Why Linux Has a Major Opportunity in the Enterprise
  • All OSs Face Challenges
  • Windows Server: Gaining Strength and Driving Growth
  • Microsoft Windows Market Outlook: Exploit, Expand and Evolve
  • Sun Solaris Market Outlook: Driving an Open-Source Model for High Returns
  • Linux Market Outlook: More Than "Linux" — Red Hat, Novell, Oracle, CentOS and Ubuntu
  • Summary of Strengths and Vulnerabilities

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