Linux always beats windows in servers being its dedicated servers, VPS or cloud servers. Without a doubt, we can say that Linux is better suited to dedicated servers, virtual private server or cloud servers than Windows. Why? See the ways.
- Stability: Concerning stability, Linux can run for several years, without any failure. It is good for individuals; small as well as medium-sized business and can run various processes at a time, much better than Windows. There is no need to restart Linux, whereas Windows requires a reboot and due to which inevitable downtime occurs. Windows servers get frequently defragmented, but this is not the case with Linux.
- Security: Linux servers are more secure than Windows servers because Linux based on UNIX, which was a multi-user operating system. Viruses and malware also attack less on Linux and fixed very frequently by its developers and users, than Windows. Users of window hide files from the system administrator, whereas in Linux system administrator has a clear view of records and is under control.
- Hardware: Windows requires a regular hardware upgrade to meet its ever-increasing resource demands, whereas Linux is scalable and flexible and it can perform on any computer, without considering the processor. As per the services required for your business, Linux can be reconfigured, which improves performance, but this not easily done with Windows.
- Total cost: Linux is free, which means it is free of patents and free from other restrictions and cheaper than Windows.
- Support: Business which are using Windows lack financial aid, whereas Linux has big three commercial providers Red Hat, Novell and Canonical which offers 24 hrs support for your business services and critical applications.
Linux also supports that business that is standardized on.NET web technology, whereas Windows may not.
- Uptime: Linux allows you to have the high uptime than Windows. It means Linux may support your all service requirements. But Windows is considered unstable for critical applications and services.
- Administrators: Administrators of UNIX cannot easily switch to Linux because Linux is not very much same as UNIX. File system layout look of Linux seems commercial version of UNIX. Linux also uses a standard set of UNIX commands. There are some Linux commands which do not transfer, and this also applies to any version of UNIX. But if we talk about administrators of Windows, then using the keyboard instead of a mouse is awkward, but once the power of command line discovered, then they may not click again.
- A worldwide community of developers: Worldwide community of developers who contribute to the source code, security fixes, and system enhancements always provide support to the Linux. Linux users get the free support through forums and community sites, and they also get the peace of mind from distributed community, because there’s no single source and single point of failure for Linux support or development.
- Linux Foundation: Linux has one additional advantage also i.e. it has The Linux Foundation which is a corporate collection of platinum supporters (Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Intel, NEC, Novell, and Oracle). It is considered as a positive sign for Linux users and adopters because its presence assures that Linux developed on the continuous basis. This foundation also contains members who sponsor Linux Torvalds through donations and membership dues and others who work on Linux full time. Behind this, their primary objective is to “promote, provide safety and standardize Linux to encourage its growth around the world.” It is the largest source for all things Linux. But this advantage is not possessed by the Windows.
- Proper updating: While using Windows, you need to wait for a Windows service pack in every 18 months, and you may face the difficulty in upgrading your Windows systems in every few years because Windows does not provide you any clear upgrade path. Whereas Ubuntu Linux offers you new, improved versions in every six months and long-term support versions in every two years. It also offers regular updates of its packages and sources several times in every year and security fixes as per the requirement.
Thus, after going through the above points, we might say that Linux always beats windows in servers being its dedicated servers, VPS or cloud servers.