“Coming in from the cold” is cold-war era slang for secret agents retiring by coming home… GNU/Linux servers are coming home with a vengeance. Recently, IDC was reporting data on “Linux servers” and was not counting machines shipped from ODM’s to Google and others who run mostly GNU/Linux on huge numbers of servers. Thus, that other OS was reported near 50% of server revenue while GNU/Linux languished around 20%.
“ODM Direct server demand grew 45.2% year over year in 3Q13 to $783 million as unit shipments increased 30.7% to 325,685 servers. ODM Direct servers now represent 6.5% of all server revenue and 14.4% of all server shipments. 79.6% of all ODM Direct server revenue was generated in the U.S. in the quarter primarily through sales to Google, Amazon, Facebook and Rackspace.”
Ah Ha! There’s another 6.5% of revenue for GNU/Linux and 14.4% of shipments. Yes, it does help to count them, IDC… Oh, and those that were being counted keep on increasing as well…
“Linux server demand continued to be positively impacted by cloud infrastructure deployments, as hardware revenue increased at 5.6% year over year to $3.4 billion in 3Q13. Linux servers now represent 28.0% of all server revenue, up 2.5 points when compared with the third quarter of 2012.”
Further, IDC says shipments of servers with that other OS are down a bit while revenue is UP. How can that be? Oh, yes. M$ is raising prices to all those suckers in business who can’t do the maths. GNU/Linux keeps looking better to those who can do the maths.
See Worldwide Server Market Revenues Decline -3.7% in the Third Quarter as Weak Unix Server Demand Weights on the Market, According to IDC.