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The popularization of the Internet around the world led to the fact that millions of people have become active users of this technology. Naturally, some of them are content with just visiting different web-sites. But there is a separate distinctive category of people who dream of becoming the owners of their own Internet resources to fulfill the desires of people.
One of the ways to achieve this goal is to get in touch with a variety of web hosting companies that host user websites on their servers. This option may not serve the needs of every individual, as in this case, the potential of the Internet use can be artificially limited or, on the other hand, having the complete freedom of actions, it may require regular payments for the services of such organizations.
There is an alternative: you can create your own VPN server that will be used for the implementation the targets you may set. Given the popularity of the latter method, nowadays many people are interested in the following question: what system one should use when creating their own server: Linux or Windows?
In 2011, IDS company conducted a serious study on the issue in order to find out what system do people and organizations use to create their own servers. Initially, Microsoft Company held the undisputed leadership in this segment. However, the situation began to change over time.
During the accounting period, the leaders in this field of IT market have seriously suffered financially, losing their positions:
- The number of Windows servers decreased by 1.5 percent.
- The number of Unix servers decreased by 10.7 percent.
On the other hand, OS Linux can boast with its most impressive performance, because it served the base for creating 2.2 percent more servers than in the previous accounting period. As a result, this option tends to take the second place in the near future, and then, perhaps, outperform Microsoft in the so-called popular platform for creating servers rating.
What is the reason for this Linux popularity growth? There are several factors influencing this phenomenon.
The stability of this system has worked well in the conditions of increased capacity. Therefore, if you want to have a reliable platform that can easily cope with the massive flow of information and visitors, you should focus your attention on this version.
Server stability is provided by several important factors:
- In case of a "suspension" of one of the components of this platform, the rest of the system continues functioning in full. It only takes the administrator to disable the problematic process and run it again without damage to the rest of the system components.
- When installing the system components, it is not required to perform a reboot of your PC. This ensures system efficiency always and in all situations. The server will not cease to be available, even for short periods of time.
- Servers based on Linux do not "eat" the memory, as servers based on Windows do. In the second case, one should periodically reboot the PC, whereas in the first case, everything preserves stability during many months.
The highest level of security for this option is caused by the fact that practically no viruses are being made for this operating system. Therefore, it is very problematic to catch one of the many malicious programs that are constantly targeting Microsoft product.
This factor is truly important to a potential owner of the server. Using the other options, a person is forced to pay for a licensed copy of the desired product, and constantly spend money in the future – for purchasing a variety of additional applications and programs.
You do not need to do this with Linux OS, since not only the system itself is totally free, but all the software developments, issued on its base.
Of course, some software versions are already being developed for commercial purposes, but currently their number is insignificant. Additionally, you may always find some high-quality alternatives among the fee-of-charge developments.
Experts have compared the performance of servers based on Linux with some competitors: on Windows XP and Vista. In the first case, all the parameters were much higher. This is an important feature, especially when you consider that the proposed options from Microsoft are not as highly resource demanding.
Therefore, if a person or an entity does not have the opportunity to purchase particularly powerful equipment, the creation of a Linux server is an ideal solution of the problem, especially taking into account the fact that at present there are more or less demanding developments for this process.
The reliability of these servers has been long proven by thousands of owners around the world. That is why this option is particularly recommended for beginners, because it is less likely that they will make some irreparable action.
When installing this system, it is not required to search for some additional applications at your own risk. Everything necessary is already included in the pack. Therefore, firstly, you can start working on your server almost immediately, and secondly, the possibility to install some malicious software capable of immediately or after a certain time completely bury your conceived initiative, is virtually eliminated.
Most of the working packages available today are offered in a special design, which includes a qualitative installer, which does not allow an inexperienced person to make fatal mistakes.
Considering all mentioned above, it is not surprising that Linux eventually becomes the system of choice for many individuals serving a platform for their VPS servers. Of course, this operating system has its flaws, but almost all of them are related to other areas of use of its components.