IDC Releases Annual Reports on Server Operating Systems

NEEDHAM, Mass., August 2, 2022 — International Data Corporation (IDC) today released its annual Server Operating System Environment (OSE) market share and forecast reports, along with work in-depth investigations carried out over the past few months. In 2021, the commercial SEO market grew revenue by 7.4% to $14.6 billion. IDC projects the commercial market for OSEs to reach $17.7 billion in 2026 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.9%.

Operating systems (OS) have been at the forefront of computing for decades, but with drastic changes in recent years in terms of cloud adoption and a trend towards cloud use cases. generation, including high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML), the dynamics of the OS market have changed significantly. It is increasingly incumbent on enterprises to constantly re-evaluate their infrastructure strategies as they pursue and undergo digital transformation.

IDC considers operating system selection to be one of the main pillars of this decision-making process. We continue to see aggressive competition between commercial operating system vendors themselves as well as the open source community as the core market for OSEs finds a new post-pandemic normal. The core market for OSEs has accelerated significantly compared to a few years ago, which has caused us to ask a variety of questions for ourselves and, ultimately, enterprise end users.

Key topics covered in new IDC research include:

  • How the global COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the growth of the operating system market, especially in the cloud.
  • Changes to business preferences for Windows, Linux, Unix, and other operating systems, their use cases, and their underlying hardware architectures.
  • Operating systems as a driver of digital transformation at the edge, in the cloud and on premises.

“In recent years, IT has proven to be resilient and constantly evolving to meet the needs of societies around the world,” said Greg Macatee, senior research analyst, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group at IDC. “Basic operating systems are at the heart of this business, providing the foundation for enterprise stacks in an increasingly hybrid and multicloud world. Our new research highlights these trends with key themes ranging from how the global pandemic has affected core operating system environment dynamics and selection criteria to our market expectations over the next few years. We have published several market share and forecast papers as well as conducted extensive investigative work on these topics.

The IDC report, Global Server Operating System Environments Market Share, 2021: OSE Momentum Continues, provides data on global market shares for new license shipments, subscriptions and unpaid deployments of server operating system environment for calendar year 2021 (CY21), for S-OSEs and virtualized deployment types. It also provides revenue market share data for a selection of commercial operating system vendors.

IDC forecasts, Global Server Operating System Environments Forecast, 2022-2026: Public Cloud Drives OSE Market into Overdrive, provides global forecast data for server operating system environments, new license shipments, subscriptions and non-paid deployments for major platform types from 2021 to 2026, both for S- OSE and virtualized deployment types. It also provides a forecast of commercial OSE revenue by major platform, which is a key addition to this year’s dataset.

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