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Linux VPS Hosting – How Does It Benefit Your Online Business

Linux VPS – What is Linux?

Linux is an open-source operating system based on UNIX platform. It is used in personal computers, servers, and other hardware platforms. Being an open-source OS, Linux is freely licensed, and you may copy and change the code. This is encouraged to promote technical and design improvements. Linux OS is typically packaged as a Linux distribution for both desktop and server use and includes the Linux kernel which is responsible for device management, memory management, process management, and handling system calls.

 

Difference between Linux and Windows

Linux and Windows are both operating systems that have sparked debates for years. The choice of operating system has a direct impact on how your server behaves and how you can interact with it.

 

Parameters Linux OS Windows OS
Cost Free $$$
Ease of Use Steeper learning curve for the average user Easy to use
Reliability Reliable and Secure with strong focus on process management, system security, and uptime With recent improvements, Windows more stable than it used to be
Software Wider array of free software and can run Windows programs using compatibility layers like WINE Highest number of commercial software
Security Highly secure operating system. Nonetheless, attack vectors are still detected, its source code is open and available for any user to review, which makes it easier to detect and repair vulnerabilities Has the largest user base, among novice computer users, it is the primary target for malicious coders. As a result, of all the key operating systems, Microsoft Windows is the most likely to be the victim of viruses and malware

 

A Virtual Private Server (VPS) is a virtual machine that looks as if it is a Dedicated server, however, it is installed on a machine serving multiple websites. It runs its own version of operating system (Linux or Windows) and has dedicated resources. Every VPS hosting provider relies on a virtualization software which is called as a hypervisor to abstract resources on the physical server and provide the user with access to an emulated Virtual Machine. Since all virtual machines run their own version of operating system, this is where the role of Linux comes into the picture.

Linux VPS can be intimidating to beginners as it is highly command-based (unless you are using a panel such as WHM/CPanel) when compared to Windows, which relies on its user-friendly interface, easy to use dialog boxes and more. However, Linux distributions are bundled with powerful tools and are more efficient with memory and processing power. Sure, there is a learning curve linked with Linux VPS. However, it is more fruitful for online businesses in the long run unless your tech team is well versed in Windows applications and has competency in building and maintaining Windows servers.

How can Linux VPS Hosting Help Your Business?
Using a Linux VPS is a smart decision for growing online businesses. It is natural to assume, as your business grows you will need more resources for your website. There might be factors like an increase in the number of web applications.

● Stable OS
Linux is a stable operating system, and it is rare that a server running on Linux will ever crash or require a restart. It is less resource hungry and does not require a reboot when the load is high. Additionally, if the web applications required by your online business run on PHP, Ruby, Python or PERL, then Linux is your online option.

● Security
Linux VPS is considered more secure since only system administrators have editing and security privileges. With Linux, system administrators can host the data files behind a secure partition which is unavailable to other users of the same dedicated system. Linux has its share of vulnerabilities, but if configured properly, it is less likely to be exploited by hackers. Being less prone to malware, viruses, and hackers; Linux is an ideal choice for online businesses where user data is a critical factor. Furthermore, with VPS your website does not share its resources with other sites, thus stays protected from any intrusion from attackers.

● Scalability
Scalability is another factor due to which online businesses must consider Linux VPS. Every online business strives to grow bigger and have a larger user base which means more traffic to the website. As the traffic to your site rises, it is natural that your server will need to work harder and use more resources.

By using a Linux VPS plan, users are given the ability to expand their resource share basis the changing needs. VPS is inherently highly scalable and can handle increased workloads by utilizing redundant resources. When coupled with Linux OS, a user gets far greater control on how to use these resources for the growing business needs. Linux VPS plans can immensely benefit online businesses such as marketplaces, SMEs, and others that witness sudden spikes in web traffic or those who follow a hyper-growth approach.

● Open Source
Linux is an open-source operating system, which is free to use and modify as per the user’s needs. As an open source platform, it offers numerous advantages to users who want to customize the source code and employ it in their own way. Furthermore, open source applications like WordPress and Joomla work to their full potential with Linux.

Making Your Final Decision

In a nutshell, there are both advantages and disadvantages of a Linux VPS server that must be weighted by an online business individually. However, Linux excels when it comes to the stability, security and customization options. With a Linux VPS, you can manage and optimize the resources more effectively and efficiently. It works seamlessly with open source programs like Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP – abbreviated as LAMP. Linux VPS also provides cPanel which is one of the most advanced control panel used to manage your virtual private server.

As an online business owner, you must evaluate the needs of your business carefully and find a value for money proposition. If you have a dedicated team of system administrators who work on web applications based on PERL, Python, Ruby, and PHP, then Linux VPS is an ideal choice.

 

Bogdan

Bogdan is the founder of Top Design Magazine. You can find him in Bucharest-Romania so next time you want to drink a beer there and talk about web and stuff, give him a message.

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