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Servers in the enterprise demand the best from their operating systems (OS). From easy installation to long lasting power, the OS must protect, process, and restore user data seamlessly. Likewise, more and more enterprises are relying on or are looking for an operating system that can handle applications, work with the cloud, and maintain swift user control. The two operating systems that are commonly known to meet these needs are Linux and Windows, but which OS can the enterprise trust with apps, the cloud, and critical data?

Installations: The First Step in the OS Showdown

Because both Windows and Linux have straightforward OS prompts for installation, Datamation did a side-by-side comparison to review what other installation features made a difference. It was Linux that seemed to have the more user-friendly approach to installation, with understandable manual selections and a simplified process for uninstalling previous versions.

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On the other hand, Windows impacts users in its swift ability to store and back up data. “Instead of expecting you to have created a dedicated home partition or using a backup utility ahead of time, Windows 10 provides an option to backup this information on the fly.” There is never a more critical time to protect data than during an installation, and any automated help by the OS could be much appreciated should a user forget to backup ahead of time or encounter backup problems.

Applications: Who’s the Boss?

ZDNet says, “When it comes to deploying enterprise applications, companies already invested in Linux are turning more and more of their mission-critical work to Linux over Windows.” The 2014 Enterprise End User Trends Report, as discussed by ZDNet, showed that more enterprises over the last four years were deploying server applications without Windows. Specifically, deployment through Windows went from 45% to 36%, or down 9%, whereas Linux application deployments rose 14% from 65% to 79% during the same period.

In addition to application deployment, the inherent proprietary apps on the Windows OS used to make Linux users feel like they were missing out, but that’s no longer the case. The popular blog, The Var Guy, said that the five most popular Windows apps for antivirus programs and utilities “serve no useful purpose for most Linux users.” Don’t get held up on what’s missing when Linux has antivirus options like Avast and can more often than not run the Windows apps that users deem necessary.

Creating a Powerful Storm in the Cloud

A growing open source cloud environment works with the OS to handle complex, mission-critical applications and tasks with confidence. When Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, recently told Wired magazine that Linux is a vital part of today's business technology and that "If you don’t jump on the new, you don’t survive,” The power of Linux can’t be ignored. 

Backing up his claim is the data from the an invitation-only survey of The Linux Foundation's Enterprise End User Council. It revealed 75% of enterprises use Linux as their primary cloud platform. Initially there was concern if people would choose to run the open source platform on top of Windows OS, but that dissipated when less than 24% of respondents confirmed using Windows. Because the Microsoft cloud computing service Azure has the power to run on Linux and Windows and 20% of all Azure activity is from Linux, it’s not surprising that Nadella loves Linux.

Linux is the operating system of choice for enterprises. Beyond capabilities for swift application deployment and smart open source cloud computing, 78% of enterprises saying Linux is more secure than most other operating systems. Supported on every Power Systems server IBM produces, Linux on Power Systems offers both scale-out and scale-up choices that align to your needs. 

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Written by IBM BP Network