Microsoft Opens up Its Business Intelligence

Lora Bentley

Survey results from systems management appliance provider Kace say the complexities of migrating to Windows Vista have many companies weighing the possibility of alternative operating systems. In fact. as many as 90 percent of respondents said they were concerned about deploying Vista, and 44 percent are considering deploying offerings from Apple or one of the Linux distributors.

The online survey polled 961 respondents. If they follow through on their thoughts, it's certainly good news for Mac OS X and Linux. More enterprise seats for them give Mac and Linux enthusiasts a bigger platform from which to tout the respective benefits of the OSes to the larger enterprise market.

Kace reportedly undertook the study to "get a better picture" of Vista's perceived impact on the enterprise -- and also, no doubt to get a picture of how it might use that impact to sell its own wares.

Other interesting findings highlighted in the press release include:

  • 53 percent do not have plans to deploy Vista at all and only 13 percent expect they will eventually be fully deployed on Vista.
  • 67 percent reported virtualized environments help in enabling the implementation to alternative operating systems.

As for the 44 percent of respondents who said they were considering alternative operating systems, the majority indicated the Mac OS X was most likely to be deployed in Vista's place.

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