More data centres are moving to using open source software as the prevalence of cloud computing grows, according to Dell China's president, Amit Midha.
Addresssing a number of CEOs at the Forbes global CEO conference in Sydney this week, Midha said open source adoption in the data centre was on the rise.
“The penetration of Linux has been going up even in the data centre, and this has been to Dell’s advantage and benefit,” he said. “Linux is replacing Unix based systems with more growth coming from open source.”
Midha said cloud computing was largely responsible for the increased use of open source in data centres.
“We now see as much as 40 per cent of data centres being built on Linux,” he said. “When you look at cloud computing, you’re seeing higher penetration of software companies which are open source, and I think this trend will only continue.”
Midha spoke as part of a panel of industry leaders on the topic of broadening horizons with technology and said open source would continue to fragment the cloud market.
“I see more and more fragmentation of application parameters using cloud because you only need to buy a capability if and when you need it,” he said.
The news comes as HP, Intel and Yahoo recently announced plans to participate in Open Cirrus; an open source test bed set to increase technological advancements of cloud computing research.