The Linux Foundation today released its 2014 end user trends report, providing visibility into how some of the world's largest IT organizations are thinking about and using Linux.
In the study, which included the responses of 774 participants, 75 percent of enterprises noted that Linux is their primary cloud platform. The 75 percent figure is up from 70 percent when the same study was done in 2011.
Linux is also growing in the cloud at the expense of Windows, now holding a 23 percent share, while Unix holds a 2 percent share.
Linux is also growing its use for mission-critical workloads. In 2011, the Linux Foundation found that 65 percent of organizations were deploying Linux and 45 percent were deploying Windows. In 2014, 79 percent said that they were deploying Linux and 36 percent indicated that they had Windows deployments.
Looking specifically at Linux deployments, 67 percent of organizations said they had already deployed either KVM or Xen hypervisors. Interestingly, 49 percent of organizations indicated that they are evaluating or planning to deploy container technology.
In terms of perceptions, 75 percent of organizations rated Linux as being more secure than other platforms.
"While not surprising that users consider Linux more secure, I believe it’s an important point," Amanda McPherson, Chief Marketing Officer, VP of Developer Programs, told ServerWatch. "This year’s events like Heartbleed put increased scrutiny on open-source projects, and we were reminded as a community and industry that open-source software must be supported."
McPherson added that Linux enjoys support in terms of dollars as well as in people and users who trust it.
Finding Skilled Linux Professionals Remains a Challenge
One area of concern that that the report highlights is the continued challenge for organizations to find skilled Linux professionals. 41 percent of respondents indicated that finding staff was a top Linux-related concern.
McPherson noted that skills availability remains a concern and is the reason why the Linux Foundation is investing more every year in its training program.
"This year we added our Linux Foundation Certification Program and are providing our Intro to Linux for free on the edX platform, which has attracted nearly 300,000 students," McPherson said.
Looking out to next year's end user study, McPherson said that the Linux Foundation is expecting to learn a lot more in 2015 about containers and storage, as well as how Linux is being deployed in relation to Windows.
"It’s very interesting to see Linux deployments gaining so aggressively while Windows deployments decline," McPherson said. "We’d like to dig in deeper to understand specific use cases."
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist