Friday, March 16, 2007

Unix, Linux, mainframes and Windows oh, my

Interesting article over at Network Computing about "User Friendly Linux". What struck me as noteworthy was a chart - with stats attributed to Gartner - that they had titled: "What is the makeup of your major enterprise data center?"
  • 40% of respondents have Mainframe, Unix, Linux and Windows
  • 24% have Unix, Linux and Windows
  • 14% have mainframe, Unix and Linux
  • 10% have Unix and Windows
  • 4% have Mainframe and Windows
  • 3% have Linux and Windows
  • 1% have Mainframe and Unix
  • 0% have Unix servers only

Now if I cut the numbers a different way...

  • 95% of respondents have mainframe, Unix, Linux with Windows
  • 58% of respondents have a mainframe with Windows
  • 37% of respondents have Linux or Unix with Windows - no mainframe

Message: Clearly, the mainframe is still alive and I am willing to bet there are a lot of identities out there that are mainframe-based...

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