Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Linux SMB growth attributed to channel push

10 January, 2005
by Liam Lahey

Though user challenges and a dearth of applications continue to hinder the growth of Linux servers and on the desktop, the open source technology has gained legitimacy from vendors such as Red Hat, HP, Novell and IBM. The end result is that small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) across the planet are expected to invest increasingly in Linux and open source technologies over the next five years, according to NYC-based Access Markets International (AMI) Partners Inc.

AMI-Partners, a consulting firm specializing in IT, Internet, telecom and business services market intelligence, trends, and strategy with a focus on global SMBs, said growth will be particularly strong in Asian and European markets where public government endorsements and policies are boosting visibility for Linux and open source.

On a worldwide basis the number of Linux-owning SMBs is projected to rise from 1.2 million to 2.7 million businesses -- a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18 per cent.

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