Linked by David Adams on Sun 22nd May 2011 02:26 UTC
Apple Mac sales in the enterprise during Apple's last fiscal quarter grew a whopping 66 percent, significantly outpacing the rest of the PC market, which grew just 4.5 percent in the enterprise. The data from Apple's previous fiscal quarter was highlighted on Friday by analyst Charlie Wolf with Needham & Company. He said though he originally viewed success in the enterprise as a "one-quarter blip," it now appears to be a "durable platform" for Apple.
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I am one
by ricegf on Sun 22nd May 2011 11:28 UTC
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How timely - I received a Mac laptop at my (Fortune 500) corporation a few weeks back as part of a corporate-wide pilot.

Despite some struggles with the Storage Array Network (which uses Windows-proprietary tech), it seems to work rather well - I hadn't used a Mac significantly since MacOS 2 back in the late 1980's, and Apple has evolved nicely. No Windows VM - the intent is to do *everything* on OS/X, or go back to the standard Windows 7 machine - I'm still undecided. Though not a Mac fanatic, I can see why some folk are.

I'm also part of a Linux pilot that targets the software development community (different network) - same SAN issues, plus the expected OOo / Office and Outlook compatibility problems, but here we have a Windows VM to work around them. The benefit is gut-wrenching speed - some of our apps run an order of magnitude faster under Linux on the same hardware, and when a run in measured in hours, that's huge.

I suppose the biggest realization is that many users no longer need Windows as their primary corporate desktop. It's an opening for alternatives - and the loss of mono-culture is almost certainly a plus from the malware / security perspective.

And for a geek like me, I'm just happy to see some variety for a change! :-D

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RE: I am one
by Lennie on Sun 22nd May 2011 12:46 in reply to "I am one"
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Let me guess 'a run' is some kind of build system for software development ? I've always thought creating many/new processes in Linux is much faster than in Windows.

But it is good to see large companies doing pilots like these. This was exactly what Ballmer was afraid of when he said Linux is their biggest competitor.

The biggest fear is if Linux gets a foothold and they don't buy PC's with Windows pre-installed anymore.

If Linux is good enough for a companies, it should be pretty easy to replace many systems with it. Because I think there are no per-PC license fees for Linux, just support hours used and similair subscribtions.

The only hurdle is hardware support/drivers (if you have an installed base you probably have older better supported hardware ?). Usually though these companies have a lot of systems of the same brand/model so it should be pretty easy to do.

Maybe it is even possible to keep some of the older hardware in service ? That was the biggest hurdle for a lot of companies to not deploy Vista and stay with Windows XP. Windows 7 in that regard is better.

If Microsoft would mess up like they did with Windows Vista again then I think we would see a lot more of these pilots I think.

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RE[2]: I am one
by ricegf on Sun 22nd May 2011 19:33 in reply to "RE: I am one"
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Well, cross-compiles for us are certainly must faster on Linux than on Windows - but for targeting Windows itself, nothing we've found is faster than Visual Studio 2010. It's also among the fastest when you're just trying to "sanity check" a multi-megaSLOC C++ build with no particular target in mind - just checking algorithms and interfaces and such. We haven't tested on Mac yet, but I don't expect any speed records there - OS/X is famous for usability more than performance.

The "run" I referenced wasn't a build, though, but certain in-house "heavy" applications written in C++ and others in Java that implement business and engineering logic. When we get to certain hard real-time environments, of course, Windows is a non-starter, while some Linux products feature real-time extensions such as SLERT (nice!) that for us fit the bill better than embedded environments such as VxWorks.

Even though Windows 7 doesn't suffer the same insanity that afflicted Vista (sure, YMMV if you're a Vista fan - but we tested it thoroughly, and it was deployed only very lightly here to this day, so this is not just my opinion), I think we'll see more Mac and Linux pilots anyway. .Net is very nice, but cross-platform development is now well-understood and very efficient. There's no reason to enslave your corporate IT budget to Microsoft (or Oracle or Adobe) when you can leverage competition to manage pricing. It's just... prudent.

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