Study Reveals Windows Domination as Platform for Multi-Tier Applications in Server Marketplace

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Research shows Linux and Unix less popular across all platforms and industries.

The sheer breadth of Windows adoption within IT Operations as the primary platform for multi-tier applications, especially with other highly viable solutions out there, is impressive, to say the least

A recent study conducted by StackSafe, a developer of IT operations staging and testing solutions, and Research Edge has shown the depth of Microsoft's dominance in the server market across nearly every industry with almost 70 percent of the market share. The study of 400 IT operations professionals showed that despite widespread attention to other alternatives, Windows Server continues to be the platform of choice by IT Operations for multi-tier software applications.

"The sheer breadth of Windows adoption within IT Operations as the primary platform for multi-tier applications, especially with other highly viable solutions out there, is impressive, to say the least," said Dennis Powell, Senior Product Manager at Stacksafe.

For multi-tier applications across all application types, tiers and industries, Microsoft holds 68 percent of the market share through its Windows Server 2000, Server 2003 and Server NT operating systems. Its next closest competitor is Red Hat's Linux offering, which has a market share of just over seven percent. Over three-quarters of organizations also use the same operating system across every tier of their infrastructure, furthering reliance on one operating system vendor and platform.

Adoption of Windows as the operating system platform of choice for multi-tier applications across various industries is also extremely high, with manufacturing (86 percent), government (86 percent) and healthcare (83 percent) all using the technology predominantly. Only financial services (70 percent) and computer-related organizations (56 percent) have shown a strong inclination to move to other operating system alternatives.

For the full results of the study, including demographics and hardware statistics, please visit http://www.stacksafe.com/research.

About StackSafe, Inc.
StackSafe provides software infrastructure testing solutions that enable IT Operations to significantly improve uptime and resiliency. StackSafe's flagship product, StackSafeā„¢ Test Center, directly addresses the challenge of incomplete and ineffective IT Operations staging and testing of changes to multi-tiered software infrastructure stacks. With Test Center, StackSafe provides the first easy-to-use virtualized staging and testing solution that enables IT Operations to understand the business impact of changes--before they touch production systems. Based in Vienna, Virginia, StackSafe serves IT Operations teams across multiple vertical markets. For more information, visit http://www.stacksafe.com.

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