Colin Barker at ZDNet UK
Long hailed as the provider of choice for companies looking for PC solutions based on Intel hardware and Microsoft software, Dell says that Linux now makes up 25 percent of its enterprise market.
The company also claims to have made inroads in the Linux services market and to have reached a comfort level with Linux systems where it can now solve over 90 percent of Red Hat Linux service calls without need to involve Red Hat.
The figures were revealed by Dell’s worldwide marketing director for PowerEdge servers, Jay Parker, at a conference in Monte Carlo on Tuesday.
“As part of Dell Service we have managed over 500 Unix to Linux migrations,” Parker told ZDNet UK. “We see that growing, not shrinking, over time.”
Linux is now “over a quarter of what we sell”, said Parker.
Virtually all of the business has come from customer migrations from proprietary Unix environments, from companies such as IBM and Sun.
Not all Windows and, of course, not all Intel either.