Linux Investments Looking Up for 2015

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1 - Optimism for 2015 IT BudgetsOptimism for 2015 IT Budgets

84% of respondents were optimistic about their 2015 budgets. 40% are planning for a budget increase, while 44% expect budgets to stay the same.

2 - Top Three Areas of IT InvestmentTop Three Areas of IT Investment

Mobile computing and big data top the list at 69% and 68%, respectively. Customer engagement comes in third at 53%.

3 - Additional Key InitiativesAdditional Key Initiatives

Private cloud computing (46%) and DevOps (45%) are ranked lower on the list but are still considered important.

4 - Linux Adoption TrendsLinux Adoption Trends

Over half (59%) plan to use Linux for brand-new applications or services. 41% are planning migrations to Linux, 26% are planning Windows-to-Linux migrations and 15% are planning Unix-to-Linux migrations.

5 - Cloud Computing Adoption TrendsCloud Computing Adoption Trends

Private and hybrid cloud computing investments top the list, at 27% and 26%, respectively. Just 15% said they plan to invest in public clouds only.

6 - Top Benefits of Cloud ComputingTop Benefits of Cloud Computing

Cost savings (59%) tops the list, followed by scalability (55%). Accessibility (53%), speed of deployment (50%) and the ability to replace on-premise legacy technology (48%) followed closely.

7 - Top Cloud Computing ChallengesTop Cloud Computing Challenges

Security (57%) is still the biggest concern. Interoperability (31%), compliance (30%), ability to measure ROI (29%), cloud portability (27%), and governance/loss of IT control (27%) were the next-biggest concerns.

8 - OpenStack MomentumOpenStack Momentum

More than half plan to invest in OpenStack in 2015. Top OpenStack benefits cited were greater automation (18%), improved agility to meet customer and business demands (17%) and lower costs (15%).

9 - Level of Commitment to ContainersLevel of Commitment to Containers

13% are already using containers in development and test environments, and 20% are evaluating containers for future use.

10 - Benefits of Using ContainersBenefits of Using Containers

Top container benefits are the ability to deploy applications faster (54%), reduced effort to deploy applications (40%), streamline development and testing (38%), lower application deployment cost (31%) and server consolidation (25%).

Michael Vizard
Michael Vizard
Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight, Channel Insider and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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