Hosting vs. Other Hosts
Windows, UNIX or Linux Web Hosting Accounts.
Which is the best choice?
Servers running open
source operating systems like FreeBSD and Linux
currently fill the low-end, entry-level
web-hosting segment of the market. It has been
an issue for Microsoft for some time now.
However, with the introduction of the Windows
2003 Web Edition Server, Microsoft can offer
lower cost hosting packages on the Microsoft
operating system, making it more appealing to
web hosts. Depending on the task to accomplish,
Microsoft can offer customers the flexibility,
security, speed and reliability that is needed
and wanted by small and larger businesses.
In addition, Windows
2003 Server offers $600 dollar per server
savings. This will cause the hosting industry to
see more competitors in the low-end, entry-level
hosting segment running servers on Windows 2003
Server. A segment now only claimed by a handful
of Windows hosts. To further enhance the
attractiveness, Microsoft has introduced a new
licensing and pricing structure. This is causing
a trend for non-Windows based hosting companies,
such as RackShack.net, to start deploying
services based on the Web Edition of the Windows
2003 Server. The reason for the switch by
RackShack.net is that it is more cost effective
than it was in the past to have dedicated
Servers run web
sites combined with software, which is run on a
computer program known as the operating system.
Windows is one such type of operating system.
Chances are some version of it (Windows 95, 98
XP etc.) is the operating system on your home
computer. Web hosting servers also need an
operating system and the following are
essentially three different competing versions.
Windows vs. Linux vs. Unix
Windows is an
operating system that is offered by Microsoft
Corporation. It has been around for awhile and
as stated before, is probably on every home
computer in the world. Microsoft also makes an
operating system especially for servers. These
operating systems allow true integration with
Microsofts products and also allow web sites to
run Active Server Pages (computer scripts for
dynamic web site content). Microsoft's server
also allows integration with one of the more
powerful databases, the SQL database. The
downside of Microsoft's server software is the
cost. It costs several thousands of dollars for
each server making it economically unfeasible.
Linux is actually a
common name for a variety of operating systems.
An offshoot of the Unix operating system, it was
developed by individuals who came together to
commonly write, the main part of Linux. After
this main part was developed and refined,
additional parts were added to the program to
customize it based on end-user requirements.
Compatible with the popular programming language
such as PHP, it is also favored by some web
hosters because of its strong security record
and the stability of its operating system, which
is a big selling point.
Linux is more
user friendly than Unix, cheaper and more
scalable. Unlike Windows, Linux and Unix are
free operating systems that allow sharing,
exchanging or distributing of their source code.
It receives high marks for how handles web and
Internet operations. Administration is made
easier through its security software, hardware
and directory software.
systems are very similar in comparison to Linux
versions. In fact there are probably more
similarities than differences between the two.
Where the Unix-based operating systems are
refinements of Unix itself, Linux is basically a
cousin to Unix. FreeBSD and OpenBSD are the main
Unix-based operating systems. When it comes to
measuring reliability, availability, and
serviceability, Unix surpasses Linux.
In addition, Unix
systems support far more RAS features and most
software licenses are free. It is also easier to
maintain Unix servers than Windows 2003 servers.
The downside to a Unix based system is that it
is technically complex to install. It has a
reputation of being very secure but not very
flexible, and offers no frills. Its a tradeoff.
which is the best?
Basically it depends
on what you need. If you want the tightest
security you can get then Unix is probably for
you. If youre looking for compatibility with
all of Microsoft's products, then Windows is the
best for you. If compatibility with PHP is a
requirement of yours, its worth taking a look
at Linux. Between Linux and Unix, the
differences appear in the development
methodology, deployment and usage. Its not the
surface differences that tell anything, it is
the deeper differences that explain and justify
why each performs the way it does.
Between Windows 2003
Server and Unix or Linux, there is no difference
in terms of ease of use. Reliability closely
matches so decisions on which to choose should
not be solely based on reliability. There is
also no difference in speed.
Remember that its
not which operating system is the best, but
rather which operating system is best for what
you need to do.
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