The most popular of our dedicated server platforms is Linux. One reason for this is the abundance of high quality
free software that Linux has to offer: The entire OS including upgrades, databases such as MySQL and PostgreSQL,
Scripting languages such as PHP, Perl and Python, modules such as OpenSSL, and applications like Java, WebMin and
Webalizer. Linux is a very scalable and versatile platform. Most customers with Linux servers either have some
knowledge of Linux, or have hired a server administrator that does. Linux administration is either done over a
telnet/ssh connection via command line, or through a Web based utility such as WebMin or Plesk Server Administrator.
The Apache Web Server is generally hailed as the most stable web server platform in existence. Linux is the most
cost effective solution, but without a complete GUI, it can be a bit difficult at first.
Windows servers running IIS are ideal for custom applications and advanced databases. Vast improvements have been
made from IIS 4.0 to 5.0/6.0, and both the Windows 2000 and 2003 hosting platforms
are now considered very stable. Windows servers run
ASP and .NET natively, and because it is made by Microsoft, there is a multitude of software applications and enhancements
as well as widely available product support. Windows servers are ideal for complex hosting solutions where storage,
database, web and mail servers may all be different machines that need to connect. Windows already comes with a
GUI that manages every function of both the operating system and the web server. Windows is also the most expensive
platform, but it is often the best for Enterprise business needs.