Give Your Business a Leg Up with a Linux Server

July 2019

If you’re looking for a server for your business solutions, one major decision to make will be whether you want a Linux environment or a Windows environment. There are many advantages of a Linux server over Windows, both in terms of cost and time. Here’s why Linux remains the most popular server environment worldwide, with 68% of the global market share.

Achieve Greater Levels of Uptime with a Stable, Reliable Linux Server

When your business solutions are down, your business processes often grind to a halt. Linux is well-known for being a more stable, reliable environment with superior uptime compared to the competition. Due to the way Linux servers are designed, they can remain stable even in high-traffic environments, improving their ability to scale with increased traffic and demands.

Statistically, Linux servers are always shown to have superior uptime to Windows servers. In a 16 week study, Linux was able to achieve 0.5% greater uptime than Windows every week. This is the equivalent of nearly one hour a week of potential downtime. Many businesses can lose hundreds or even thousands of dollars every minute their systems are down – and this doesn’t include the lasting reputation cost related to having an intermittently active business service.

Improve the Security of Your Data with a Linux Server

Cybersecurity is one of the most significant issues that businesses face today. The average cybersecurity breach costs a business $3.62 million. As businesses continue to keep ever-growing volumes of data on their servers, it becomes even more important to protect them. New regulations will also lead to increasing fines and penalties related to a failure to properly protect personal and identifiable information.

Analysts generally agree that Linux is substantially more secure than Windows. As an open source product, any vulnerabilities in Linux are discovered and patched out quickly. Linux is also developed with security in mind: its privileges and permissions are expressly created to prevent user negligence and user error.

Reduce the Total Cost of Ownership of Your Server

In a comparison between Linux and Windows, the total cost of ownership is significantly lower. In simulated scenarios, Linux ownership was 36.06% more affordable than a Windows deployment. While Linux ownership occasionally costs more in terms of salary (as Linux experts command greater rates of wages), the cost savings related to licensing is significant. Many of the costs of Linux ownership can be reduced or even eliminated through the use of a managed service that specializes in Linux architecture.

A standard Linux deployment for a large enterprise will cost less than $100. Software costs for a large enterprise may exceed half a million dollars in Windows licensing fees. Windows requires a tremendous upfront investment in licensing alongside its continued licensing costs. For SMBs, the benefits of a Linux server are even more clear.

Is a Linux server right for your business? Linux is a versatile, stable platform – and is more cost-effective long-term. For more information about making the switch to Linux, contact the experts at ReliableSite.