A recently completed Computer Economics survey of senior IT executives provides data on the average processing workload managed by the major operating systems running in today’s data centers: Windows, Unix, Linux, mainframes, OS/400, and Netware. The workload percentages are broken down by size of organization and by industry sector. The conclusion: in most industries, Windows leads in share of processing workload. However, there are warning signs in the ROI and TCO for all three operating systems. We analyze these warning signs and provide guidelines for optimizing the economic characteristics of these operating systems. (8 pp., 9 figs.)
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