SMEs to drive Linux growth in India

By SiliconIndia   |   Tuesday, 31 August 2004, 07:00 Hrs
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CHENNAI: Red Hat India, the Linux applications and open source provider, is betting on small and medium enterprise (SME) segment to drive the growth of Linux usage on desktops in the coming years.

"We expect SME segment to realise the cost advantages and the better technological capability of Linux operating systems. There will be a significant shift to Linux operating systems on the desktops by SMEs," Javed Tapia, director (India), Red Hat India Pvt Ltd, told PTI here today.

Red Hat, which began its Indian operations just three years back, has already cornered a major share of BFSI (banking, financial services and insurance) segment.

The likes of IDBI, Kotak, UTI and more recently Central Bank of India preferred Linux open source operating systems vis-a-vis proprietary systems, he said.

"Better and reliable technology are what customers are looking for. For SME segment, we are ready with the Linux-driven desk tops, which are superior and cost-effective," Tapia said.

In terms of numbers of the total desktops shipped in India annually, over two lakh desktops are run on Linux operating systems. Tapia said the SMEs could do the accounting, pay-roll, sales tax systems on Linux applications.

Red Hat, which reported $44 million worldwide revenue, is confident of achieving a growth of 26 per cent quarter-on-quarter in India, he said.

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