Gartner: OS X More Appealing Than Desktop Linux

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By: switchtoamac at: 12:30 PM on December 12, 2006 | Comments (0)
In a December 8, 2006 article at ZDNet Australia, Munir Kotadia writes about a recent Gartner research report titled "Enterprise Mac Clients Remain Limited, but Apple's Appeal is Growing".

Kotadia  reports that "OS X is more appealing to enterprises as a desktop operating system than ever before and although it is unlikely to take market share away from Windows, the Mac could reduce the number of Linux-based desktops, according to research group Gartner".

Analysts Michael Silver, Neil MacDonald, Ray Wagner and Brian Prentice, state that administrators will most likely have to prepare for more Mac systems in their environment even though OS X is "not a suitable enterprise wide platform".

In the article, Kotadia goes on to mention that the Gartner report indicates the following:

  • "Macs are replacing Unix and Linux workstations, rather than Windows PCs".
  • "Windows will be unrivalled on the desktop for the near future because currently, 70 percent of enterprise applications require Microsoft's OS."
  • "Gartner went on to say that in some departments, such as graphics and media production, the loyalty of Mac users to their chosen platform is so strong that a corporate migration to Windows could lead employees to seek work elsewhere."

Kotadia then mentions how the Gartner report discusses how Apple is making a number of mistakes on the Enterprise front.

  • "Firstly, Apple does not licence its operating system to third party manufacturers, which is a disadvantage because large companies do not like depending on a single hardware supplier:
  • "Secondly, Apple is not clear enough in its roadmaps for supporting current versions of OS X"
  • "Finally, because Apple has a consumer focus, it provides OS X with various applications that could raise legal issues and reduce worker productivity."

You can read the entire article here.

Switch To A Mac Commentary
Enterprise customers have been historically tied into Windows deployments thanks in part to Windows licensing and current investments in Windows based hardware and staff.  Companies just can't ditch their current investments and migrate to Macs running OS X.

The Gartner comment about Mac OS X "not a suitable enterprise wide platform" is misleading.  Let's not forget that Apple computer runs their business on Mac OS X.  Furthermore, Gartner fails to address the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of enterprise Windows deployments.  Where's the research about the costs an enterprise must face when it comes to the inherent Windows security vulnerabilities such as viruses, spyware, and malware?

Although Apple offers a dual boot solution via Boot Camp it is either too experimental to test or is simply brushed over.  In my view, it's only a matter of time before enterprises see the value put forth by the Macintosh.

In related news, Microsoft Rips Off Apple's Workgroup Manager Icon.  This just continues the Microsoft copy trend.

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