Numerous vendors that are selling solutions that are competing for market share have revealed expectations that the recession will encourage customers to target the bottom line and consider switching brands.
In the case of Linux the perception of lower ongoing running costs have been key to attracting more potential customers.
Most of the executives quizzed revealed that they were planning to increase Linux deployments over the next few months on both servers and desktops. A significant number, 49%, said they expected Linux top be their dominant server operating system in the next five years.
"Economic downturns have the tendency to accelerate emerging technologies, boost the adoption of effective solutions and punish solutions that are not cost competitive," said Al Gillen, program vice president, system software, at IDC.
"This survey [places] Linux in a competitive position to emerge from this downturn as a stronger solution," he added.