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 changing role of operating systems in cloud computing
  • What impact thin operating systems will have on the market
  • Windows life cycles, including the momentum of Windows 10
  • Expectations for Windows Server 2016
  • The relationship between OS and container technology
  • Windows Azure as a base layer of the Microsoft cloud
  • The impact of virtualization on server operating environments

Core Research

  • Operating Environment Forecasts and Analyses
  • Windows Client and Server Market Trends
  • Impact of Virtualization and Cloud Computing on Operating Systems
  • Thin operating systems benefits and challenges
  • Linux Market Trends
  • Unix Market Including Migration Trends

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-, container- and cloud-centric world?
  2. How are virtualized operating systems growing, and what products are most widely used?
  3. How thin Linux may impact the broader Linux ecosystem?
  4. How is nonpaid Linux used in cloud/service providers?
  5. What happens to the Unix installed base as customers continue to decrease their use of Unix?