[FoRK] Apple growing market share in business

Lorin Rivers lrivers
Thu Jul 21 14:12:11 PDT 2005


Apple making big inroads in business with OS X
By Jim Dalrymple jdalrymple at maccentral.com
Apple Computer's UNIX-based Mac OS X operating system is making
inroads in the business community, according to a report by market
research firm Jupiter Research. The report tracks desktop and server
operating systems in medium to large sized business.

The report found that in businesses with 250 employees or more, 17
percent of the employees were running Mac OS X on their desktop
computer at work. In Businesses that had 10,000 or more employees, 21
percent of employees used Mac OS X on their desktop work computer.

Mac OS X Server is also doing well with businesses. Nine percent of
companies with 250 employees or more used Mac OS X Server, while 14
percent of companies with 10,000 employees or more used Apple's Server

Due reporting techniques, comparisons to where Mac OS X was last year
at this time were not available. However, Jupiter Research Senior
Analyst and author of the report, Joe Wilcox, characterized the
numbers as significant for Apple.

"What we are seeing is Mac OS X taking share aware from traditional
UNIX installations," Wilcox told MacCentral. In some cases, OS X is
taking share away from Windows, as well."

Wilcox explained that large businesses with expensive UNIX systems are
opting for Mac OS X when they upgrade for a variety of reasons. OS X
is winning out over Linux in some cases as well, said Wilcox because
these businesses would already have UNIX expertise on staff; OS X has
a good stable of server applications and it can run traditional UNIX
apps; and OS X is more viable as a desktop platform.

Jupiter also sees opportunities for Apple with companies that
currently run a UNIX and Windows combination. With Mac OS X's UNIX
underpinnings, companies can use Apple's operating system to replace
the other two.

Microsoft's Windows Server operating system saw a marginal decrease in
installed base this year, according to the report.

Wilcox said it was too early to gauge reaction to Apple's recent
announcement that it intends to switch to Intel-based systems next
year. While cost will be definitely be a factor, Jupiter's Wilcox said
that is not always the largest cost center.

"With a lot of these systems the biggest cost is software, not
hardware," said Wilcox.

Linux users also represent a big pool of potential switchers,
according to the report.

"I'm surprised to see just how much Mac OS X has captured the interest
of potential Linux switchers," said Wilcox. "Companies that were
considering Linux are now buying Mac OS X instead."

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