Linux servers post strong growth in Q3 (TG Daily)
Posted Nov 25, 2005 12:23 UTC (Fri) by tialaramex
In reply to: Linux servers post strong growth in Q3 (TG Daily)
Parent article: Linux servers post strong growth in Q3 (TG Daily)
Proportional growth /rates/ are falling for Linux servers while they're fluctuating for Windows servers. In 3Q 2004 Linux server year-on-year revenue growth was reported at 42.6% compared to 34.3% in this 3Q 2005 report. Windows revenue growth that quarter was 16% while this time it's 17.7%.
So in Q3 2004, Windows servers brought in $540 extra compared to $320 million for Linux, and in Q3 2005 the Windows servers brought in $690 million extra compared to $360 million for Linux. Linux is huge, and growing, and Windows is much bigger and still growing too.
Linux revenue growth consistently outstrips unit sales growth by more than inflation, meaning Linux customers are buying more expensive servers rather than, or in addition to, buying more servers compared with each previous year. That's sometimes been true (as it is this quarter) for Windows servers, but other times the reverse happens, pressuring the variable costs like the price of Windows itself.
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