Linux is Asia's fastest-growing server OS

Use of the Linux operating system for servers will grow by 57 per cent a year in the Asia/Pacific region (excluding Japan) to be worth $US470 million by 2004, according to a report released by market analyst International Data Corp. (IDC).

Internet infrastructure expansion and the dot-com boom have been primarily responsible for driving the demand for Linux servers in the region, IDC analysts explained. Growing penetration in the education segment, strong government support to the open source movement -- particularly in Korea and China -- and a large installed base of Unix users are some of the other factors stimulating the Linux demand in Asia/Pacific.

Despite the slowdown caused by the dot-com stock market correction, demand for Linux servers will remain strong because of the large Internet infrastructure build-out potential of the traditional bricks and mortar businesses. The growing penetration of Linux in the important SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) segment, and the strong demand for appliance servers.

Linux is especially popular among ISPs, the surveys showed. IDC polled a total of 51 major ISPs in Australia, India, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, China and Singapore and found that 73 per cent of them have deployed Linux in their server infrastructure, while on the application front, Web serving, e-mail and Internet/intranet were among the most widely deployed applications.

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