Windows or Linux for your servers

07.12.2017 1,218

It is not an easy job, to choose the right operating system for your servers. There are plenty of things to consider. What exactly is the purpose of your servers, how many users you need, what software you will run?

For example, both Windows and Linux can host websites, but Linux is more commonly used for that purpose. Linux can run PHP, Perl, Python and Ruby. It uses MySql databases. Many CMS products, such as WordPress and Joomla work exclusively on Linux servers. These servers can be easily accessed from the popular and user-friendly cPanel or Plesk.

On the other hand, Windows servers can be accessed through Plesk too. They use different databases like MS SQL and Microsoft Access and can run different languages – VBScript and ASP.NET. They are suitable for using NET-Applications, SharePoint and Exchange.

Linux pros

  • It is open-source and free of charge.
  • The system administrator has a lot of freedom. It can easily configure different aspects of the server.
  • Less demand over your system, it is lighter to run.
  • Good level of security.
  • Remote administrator functionality.

Linux cons

  • It is less user-friendly than Windows.
  • There are different distributions of Linux, some of them can have less support.
  • Updating can be complicated.
  • Some well-known programs don’t run on Linux.

Windows pros

  • Simpler to use, all of the programs have graphic interfaces.
  • Drivers and updates are regular.
  • There are many third-party applications.
  • Compatible with Microsoft’s programs

Windows cons

  • It is more expensive.
  • More vulnerable to malware.
  • It needs a lot of resources to run smoothly.
  • More possibilities for errors.

To choose between the two systems for your servers, you should plan first. Think about your business needs, budget and how many users will use them. Both have advantages and disadvantages and can be used for different purposes.