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Enterprise workloads across the spectrum of industries are spread between the three big operating systems – Windows, Apple, and Linux. In the battle between these three, Linux is beginning to make some strides with businesses that need specific workload capacities. If your San Jose business operates on Linux, you aren’t alone, and you aren’t left without IT consultants who know how to care for your Linux environment.
According to research from W3Cook, Linux powers 96.5% of the servers that run the top one million domains in the world. On Amazon EC2, 92% of the instances are running Linux. Linux powers the 500 most powerful supercomputers on the world.
Many businesses are switching to Linux over competing operating systems. The main reasons to prefer Linux are:
Linux comes a number of variations, commonly called distros (short for distribution). Each distro is based on a common core of the Linux Kernel and a set of libraries. A Kernel is the core component of the operating systems, think of it as its nucleus. The Linux Kernel has been under active development since 1991 when it was created by Linus Torvalds.
Many of the differences between the distros are inconsequential. They differ on specific aspects of their configuration and implementation, rather than in core functionality. But choosing the wrong one for the job can make life much harder for your company. Some of the most popular distributions are:
The choice of which distribution to use typically reduces to two key elements:
Cost savings: Most Linux distributions are open-source, and you can get them without any license cost. Some of the most widely adopted and advanced Linux distributions are free as well, but you have to pay for subscription support.
Lower total cost of ownership: Major Linux distributions can be downloaded for free, in some cases you only pay for support – making Linux a less expensive alternative than proprietary operating systems. Linux tends to make better use of hardware resources, so you can run more workload on the same hardware with Linux than other operating systems.
Another aspect that significantly reduces the TCO of Linux over other operating systems is the vast array of open source business software available for Linux. Here are some examples of great open source software that can be used or businesses and run on Linux:
Improved Security: Linux is widely acknowledged as a secure operating system. Linux was designed from the start as a multiuser operating system. Only the administrator, or root user, has permission to access the kernel and make configurations changes that may impact the system.
The Linux community is very proactive in addressing any security issues quickly, and fixes are usually available only a few hours after a vulnerability has been found.
Better Performance: Linux provides consistent high performance on servers and networks. It can handle a large number of users and simultaneous connections. Over time, Linux has consistently outperformed other server operating systems. It is the operating system that powers the 500 most powerful computers on earth.
More Reliability: Linux systems are well known for their ability to run for years without failure. Windows systems, on the other hand, have to be rebooted almost every time a new software is installed. This reliability can have a tremendous impact on the availability of services and applications for any business.
Switching to Linux-based servers can provide enormous benefits for your business. However, you should be especially careful when selecting the Linux distribution. You should also consider looking for the support of a specialized Linux Support provider to help you make the right choices, reduce the risks associated with the adoption of new technology, and make the best use of your resources.
Veltec Networks has helped businesses across many industries in the San Jose area adopt Linux and realize the benefits it can bring to an organization. Veltec Networks employs highly experienced and knowledgeable engineers. Our Linux Consulting services provide a wide variety of support services, ranging from single-incident projects to total IT administration outsourcing. Our team can help you design the right strategy for a Linux migration, increase the efficiencies and effectiveness of your current Linux IT infrastructure, and ensure you are getting the right return on investment from your Linux environment. We welcome the chance to talk with you by phone or email.
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