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Which Operating Systems Should I Choose For My VPS?

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A virtual private server (VPS) is a physical server that is partitioned into several virtual ones. When you sign up for a virtual private server, you also need to decide which operating system to choose. Depending on your choice, you will then determine which application software you can install on your virtual server. It will also regulate how long it takes to tune everything and how well your server performs.

Windows or Linux

The two popular operating systems for a VPS are Windows or Linux. A lot of people prefer Linux over Windows because of the open-source nature of Linux. Linux becomes a favored choice since it is integrated with a lot of open-source programming languages. Moreover, Windows also happens to be more expensive compared to Linux. However, depending on your situation, Windows may be a better choice for you. The Windows server environment is highly recommended for ASP/ASP.NET development, and for clients that want to make use of an MS SQL database. Another advantage of choosing a Windows operating system is that it requires very little technical knowledge to utilize effectively. If you have technical knowledge, Linux will work for you. However, if you aren’t technically savvy or you are developing in a language supported directly by Windows, you should opt for a Windows operating system. Evidently, there is no one clear choice and it depends on your needs and requirements.

Advantages of Linux vs. Windows

The Linux operating system is flexible and reliable. Linux VPS servers use fewer resources, which increases website performance and reduces downtime. Additionally, since the Linux platform is open-source, a website owner can change server configurations, perform updates, and install different applications, based on their needs. On the other hand, the Windows operating system provides improved control. Every user is presented with Remote Desktop access, through which a user can control and manage his server anywhere and at any time. Windows VPS servers provide inherent security since they are furnished with professional antivirus software and anti-spy programs, as well as reliable firewalls. When you sign up for your VPS plan with Solar VPS, you get a great suite of VPS tools. We have a powerful control panel in addition to comprehensive technical support tools. With Solar VPS, you only pay for what you need since you have the flexibility of dynamically changing your allocated resources based on your needs. Additionally, we ensure safety and efficiency and provide excellent customer satisfaction. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us today and get your cloud VPS set up with ease.

What’s the Difference between Linux and Windows Hosting?

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When you are choosing your web hosting package, you will not need to select the hosting package and the infrastructure between Linux and Windows server. Linux and Windows are two different kinds of operating systems. Linux is the more popular operating system between the two. However, you may have websites which need specific Windows applications. Depending on your needs, you can choose between the two hosting options.

The Difference between the Two Options

The choice between Linux and Windows servers will affect how you interact with the hosting package. It will also determine the kind of applications you can use. Specific server-side applications that are written in .NET, ASP, MS SQL, PHP, MySQL, and MS Access will require Windows hosting. However, there are some applications that Windows does not support, such as WordPress, Python, Perl, CGI, and WYSIWYG. A Linux hosting package is perfect for those who want access to ready-to-use, open-source applications. On the other hand, a Windows hosting package is ideal for those who want to build more complex websites using languages like Perl, ASP, PHP, etc.

Ease of use

It is quite easy to access and manage your windows hosting server. However, it is a little more complicated to interact with the Linux OS wherein you will have to learn how to use the command line. Learning to integrate different software packages via the command line can be a challenge for beginners. To make it easier, you will have to choose from many Graphical User Interfaces (GUI), such as cPanel to interact with the OS. If you opt for a Linux hosting package, you can access the server through cPanel and WHM. For Windows users, Plesk is the control panel that will facilitate access to the server.

Hosting Packages at Solar VPS

At Solar VPS, we provide you with both Linux and Windows hosting packages. You can deploy five different Linux flavors, namely CentOS, Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu or CloudLinux. There are multiple usages of Linux Cloud such as LAMP development and DNS hosting. You can deploy Windows 2008 or 2012 when you opt for our Windows hosting package. A Windows cloud is great for Windows development, Remote Desktop/VDI, Forex trading, SQL server hosting or Game server hosting. Solar VPS provides one of the best Linux and Windows cloud hosting solutions. We also have a great technical support offering to supplement your cloud solution. If you run into any issues, our support team will be available for troubleshooting and providing a comprehensive solution. Additionally, you can customize your hosting packages and increase your allotted resources by the click of a button. Similarly, all your resource allocation can be scaled down to reflect lesser resource need. When you sign up with Solar VPS, you only pay for what you need. Contact us today and set up your Linux or Windows cloud solution.

Understanding Linux Cloud Servers

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People feel a sense of ownership for Linux because of its open-source design and how it encourages alterations from the community. Linux servers are perfect for business applications like web services and database management. Therefore, the target segment for Linux cloud hosting is developers and businesses. These businesses are looking to develop web applications or host a website. Linux cloud hosting providers have large Linux-based computing power and enable data storage flexibility and reliability. Your data is spread across multiple servers instead of being on one physical server.

Flexibility

Linux is getting very popular and still has a lot of room to grow. Every day we see more and more core business applications running on Linux platforms. It is the most reliable and cost-effective solution for critical workloads in data centers and cloud computing environments. There is also a lot of flexibility in a Linux cloud hosting environment that allows you to scale up or down depending on your needs. The cloud’s virtual environment lets you expand relative to your business needs. For instance, if your project requires additional resources, you can scale up the CPU and memory.

Versatility

Linux aligns highly with the trend of virtualization, which is integral to cloud computing. Moreover, Linux runs on any hardware platform, making it easier to provision, allocate and manage resources in the cloud. All of these reasons make Linux a popular choice for cloud computing. At Solar VPS, you can deploy five different Linux flavors: CentOS, Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu or CloudLinux. There are multiple usages of Linux Cloud, such as LAMP development and DNS hosting. You can also use it for cPanel hosting, Plesk hosting, MySQL hosting and Game Server hosting. Moreover, you can customize your Linux cloud solution as you wish and dynamically alter your resource usage for a perfect fit. Solar VPS provides one of the best Linux cloud hosting solutions. We have excellent technical support offerings to supplement your cloud solution. If you run into any issues, rest assured our support team will be available for troubleshooting and providing a comprehensive solution. Additionally, you can customize your Linux cloud solution and increase your allotted resources at the click of a button. Similarly, all your resource allocation can be scaled down to reflect lesser resource need. When you sign up with Solar VPS, you only pay for what you need. Contact us today and set up your Linux cloud solution.

Solar VPS: SolarSystem New Template

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (64 bit)

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (64 bit)

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (64 bit)

We know. Linux is opensource and because it’s opensource, there are a lot of different choices in operating systems (OS’s). Well, because of that, we have decided to take a note from our customers who have been asking us for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (64 bit) and supply our universe with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (64 bit). The new Linux OS is currently live and available on our Linux VPS page.

To go along with the new OS template being open to new Linux Cloud VPS’s, the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (64 bit) Linux OS is also available for VPS reinstalls.

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