Not Just for Computer Nerds: 5 Reasons Linux is a Growing Business Trend

Business.com / Technology / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

Linux has come out of oblivion, forcing itself onto the realms of digital climate. This article brings us closer to Linux in five ways.

Linux has come out of oblivion, forcing itself onto the realms of digital climate.

This article brings us closer to Linux in five different yet intriguing ways.

No more is it a measure of geekiness, as Linux drives the entrepreneurial wheel with complete control.

Days are gone when this open-source operating platform was more of a luxury with enthusiasts raving about the flexibilities on offer.

The command line prompts, intuitive OS and sticky hardware drivers do ring a bell as Linux takes center-stage in the era of front-end systems, which build technical cognizance, via user-friendly platforms.

A reserved niche for technological junkies, Linux now makes its presence felt in the world of marketing, finance and what not.

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Image of Linux penguin walking holding sign that says Linux

Linux distros have been largely improved as we move closer toward bridging the historical gap, surfacing within us. Technical savviness has readily matured over years, bringing us closer to the five valid points which make Linux, a virtual powerhouse:

Growing Footprint

Linux was always popular at the back end and it continues to dominate the same. However, the stereotypical adoption of Linux has changed into something marquee, owing to the customized distros on offer. Most businesses are undergoing digital transformation, making it imperative to include Linux into virtual appliances and varied web servers.

Be it Canonical’s sought after Ubuntu or community dominated Debian, things have gradually changed with more players striving for perfection. Linux has made sizeable improvements even at the user-front and much credit goes to Android.

Mobile integration has offered additional tool to employees, mostly the low-end offerings, which comprise at least 80 percent of smartphone market. High-end alternatives can easily challenge the iOS, even during enterprise usage. It all pans down to server based demands at the back-end and Linux-centric Android accounts at the front.

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Leading Into Cloud Computing

Will moving faster into the cloud minimize the need for Linux oriented skills? The answer is a pretty nonchalant no as most cloud computing platforms are built-on top of an OS rather abstracting it away from users. Market research has shown a favorable portion of users slowly moving towards the IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service).

This platform does require an OS intervention which is usually Linux for its high-end computing prowess. Platform as a Service (PaaS) revenue has taken a beating for the same reason with figures dropping to a mere $1.2 billion. Presently, most cloud providers bring in Linux images for enhancing the essence of "Virtual Instance Creation".

Bigger names including Google, AWS and Microsoft have set up Linux machines as well. For business that are prepping up for private cloud licensing, setting up CloudStack or OpenStack on top of Linux is the best possible option. Note: CloudStack and OpenStack fall under the category of cloud orchestration software.

Development as the Stepping Stone to Linux Footprint

Businesses need to evolve in order to stay in reckoning. Companies, in due course of time, must look to digitize their hierarchy, customizing the system architecture for the users. This brings us to the inclusion of Linux as it can easily handle the nooks and crannies of software development.

Graph showing Windows and Linux growth in comparison in 2015
Linux has certainly taken massive steps towards growth: Reports 2015

Be it test or dev systems, Linux plays a pivotal role when it comes to adding something extra to the production environment. Developers are seen pushing this OS to desktops and the success rate has gradually improved with around 22 percent of users preferring Linux for upgrading the LAMP stack. On the contrary, Windows is dropping down the charts.

Putting Forth the IoT

We all are pretty familiar with Internet of Things and its inclination towards miniaturization. This entails to smaller hardware components, starting from processors to miniaturized sensors. However, we do need a comparable software which would be in line with the hardware requirements.

Even some applications for your desktops have constricted codes and the best way for them to blossom is to pair them with a customizable OS, preferably Linux. This brand of OS can work under varied conditions as we can modify the same to the core. Be it drive interoperability or high-end scalability for restricted real-estate, Linux is the only option to fall back upon. The latest software in Zephyr, developed by Linux Foundation is one such example.

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Security

Most businesses thrive on security and confidentiality when it comes to client records and other details. Moving huge clusters of data can also happen at times, be it to a cloud or physical data center. Linux has a unique setup, which organizations will find helpful while dealing with cyber criminals.

That said, in my opinion, Linux was only more secure than others owing to the lower adoption rate. If businesses start tapping into its potential ever so quickly, it would be imperative to expand the horizon. Linux might be prone to vulnerabilities but it is still capable enough to bring in necessary changes, bolstered by a myriad of development efforts.

Bottom Line

These are mere pieces from a big, unsolved puzzle, focused around Linux and its untapped potential. Most organizations are on the lookout for newer innovation and Linux can certainly use its venerability toward offering most of them.

Linux isn’t just geeky anymore, and even if it is, geeks are now going to make it big in the world of business intelligence and growth.

 

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