Operating Environments
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IDC's Operating Environments service helps product, marketing, and strategic planning professionals assess where the best opportunities exist for the most critical infrastructure software layers in today's market. This service analyzes the growth or decline of individual operating systems markets — both client and server and physical and virtual — and closely tracks transitions between platforms as user preferences shift. It also provides subscribers with direct access to IDC's top industry experts, who can supply competitive analysis and positioning advice, identify strategic partnering opportunities, assist with speaking to the investment community, provide press quotes, and more.

Markets and Subjects Analyzed

  • The role of Linux in cloud computing
  • Windows life cycles, including the decline of Windows XP and the uptake of Windows 8
  • The role of operating environments in a cloud infrastructure
  • Windows Azure as a base layer of the Microsoft cloud
  • The impact of virtualization on server operating environments
  • The impact of virtualization on client operating environments
  • The segmentation of operating systems spend on traditional, private, and public cloud deployments

Core Research

  • Operating Environment Forecasts and Analyses
  • Windows Client and Server Market Trends
  • Impact of Virtualization and Cloud Computing on Operating Systems
  • Linux Market Trends
  • Unix Market Including Migration Trends
  • Windows Azure

In addition to the insight provided in this service, IDC may conduct research on specific topics or emerging market segments via research offerings that require additional IDC funding and client investment.

Key Questions Answered

  1. What operating environments are going to be successful in a virtualized and cloud-centric world?
  2. How are virtualized operating systems growing, and what products are most widely used?
  3. Red Hat dominates the Linux market: What comes next?
  4. How is nonpaid Linux used in cloud/service providers?
  5. How is client virtualization affecting the client operating system market?
  6. What happens to the Unix installed base as customers continue to decrease their use of Unix?

Worldwide Server Operating Environment Shipments/Subscriptions/Deployments, Physical Operating Systems, Virtualized Operating Systems and Replica Virtualized Operating System Instances (000)

Source: IDC

Companies Analyzed

IDC analyzes the strategies, market positions, and future directions of major vendors in the operating environments market. A representative list of these vendors may include Apple, Canonical/Ubuntu, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Red Hat, and SUSE Linux.

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