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2007 Server Hardware and OS Deployment and Usage Survey*
The latest joint Sunbelt Software Yankee Group Global Server Hardware and Server OS Deployment and usage survey offered up both surprising and status quo results. The Web-based survey conducted in February 2007 polled approximately 1,000 IT administrators and C-level executives on a variety of server and operating system issues including:
The respondents were culled from Yankee Group's own client list and Sunbelt's IT System Administrators list. Over half - 51% of respondents have one to five IT managers; 14% had between five and 20 IT administrators; 10% had between 20 and 50 IT managers and 16% of companies had 50 to 100 administrators.
Server Hardware Vendor Market Share:
On the hardware side, the survey data showed that Dell Computer and Hewlett-Packard hardware are nearly neck and neck vying for the top server hardware honors. Dell is the primary server hardware vendor for just over one-third or 34% of the respondents, while HP is a close second with 30%. HP however, has a lot of momentum. In the last Sunbelt/Yankee Group July/August 2005 poll, HP had 27% market share; so the company has gained three percentage points in the last 18 months.
Server Operating System Life Cycles:
On the software side, protracted server operating system life cycles are still the norm and based on comparisons to the 2005 survey, companies are holding onto their server hardware and OS software for even longer periods. This latest poll indicates that nearly three out of five businesses --59% -- keep their mainstream Windows file, print and application servers in use for four-to-six years. By comparison 48% of Linux users said they retain their Linux OS distribution for four-to-six years. The 2007 statistics represent a significant increase in server OS retention rates from just 18 months ago in the prior poll. Now 11% more Windows users and 17% of Linux businesses are holding onto their operating systems for four-to-six years. Back in 2005 just under half - or 48% of companies kept their Windows file and print servers for four to six years compared with 31% of respondents who retained their Linux file and print servers for the same period.
The lengthening server life cycles are possible because of performance, reliability, scalability and security advances in server hardware and software technology. But it also indicates that corporations are still cautious and cash constrained. Businesses should however, closely monitor performance, reliability and security of aged servers and should not hesitate to replace them at the first signs of performance degradation.
The protracted life cycles were particularly apparent in file and print servers. Corporate customers upgrade their database, Web, e-mail and messaging servers a bit more frequently than baseline file and print servers -- although not by much.
Among the other survey highlights:
By Laura DiDio
Posted: February 26, 2007
*Excerpts from a copyrighted newsletter prepared by the staff of WServerNews and distributed by IAPS with their permission. The views expressed in the above excerpts were drawn solely by WServerNews or Yankee Group and do not necessarily reflect the views of IAPS.
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