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Linux and virtualization

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%).