A Key to Selecting the Right Operating System to Host Your Website

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Are you confused when presented with which operating system to choose when selecting a web hosting provider’s hosting packages? You’re not alone. And no, it doesn’t matter what operating system you have on your desktop or work station – they don’t have to match your hosting platform. You can be using Windows 7 on your desktop and Linux on your web server. So what are the key guidelines to select one versus the other?

Applications make the difference

On a shared web hosting platform, both operating systems are normally priced the same. If you’re leasing a dedicated server though, Linux is open source (free) and Windows is proprietary to Microsoft applications that require license fees. If you need services like Active Server Pages (ASP), MSSQL, MS Access, Visual Basic or remote desktop, these applications are Windows specific.

Are Linux servers more secure?

I see this brought up quite often in comparisons and the answers are all over the board. Very simply, the answer is NO. Both operating systems can be locked down tight. What I generally see are providers that only offer Linux platforms stating that Linux is preferred.  Both support a wide range of software applications, languages and databases.

Control panels for operating systems

Control panels do vary by operating system platforms with cPanel frequently offered for Linux versus Plesk for Windows. Of the two, cPanel is more popular, but both are comprehensive.

CentOS is popular, but there are other flavors

There are different flavors of each operating system: with Linux; CentOS, Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu and others, and with Windows; 2016 Standard and Data Center Edition.

My recommendation is to match your specific requirements to the Operating System that best fits your website. If in doubt, call us – 800-615-9349. We can help.

How important is a fast, reliable online presence? And why settle for less?

Everyone seems to agree that uptime is important and that the faster a visitor can download a website, the more apt they are to stick around, increasing time-on-site averages AND conversion rates.

Reliability? No one likes their online presence to go offline, for ANY amount of time. After all, a website is the face of a business online, so why do so many settle for less?

Why port speed, RAM and processing power aren’t all that!  

Well, actually they are all that, but hundreds of millions of websites are still powered by spinning hard disk drives and SATA SSDs. Websites, after all, are still just a compilation of ones and zeroes, and how well your website performs depends on how quickly those ones and zeroes are processed. The weak link is typically the storage device.

PCIe NVMe to the rescue

So what is PCIe NVMe and why should it matter to you? What their synonyms stand for is inconsequential, but what this technology does in the background for your website is incredible.

By now, most folks know that any type of SSD outperforms a hard disk drive (HDD). A PCIe NVMe SSD outperforms SATA SSDs by a ratio of six to one. You thought SATA SSD was fast?! PCIe NVMe SSD screams, or as we like to say, it’s insanely fast. So I ask you again, “WHY SETTLE FOR LESS?” Your website’s performance is what sets you apart from your competition.

State-of-the-art servers are one of the many ways that Hostirian helps you on the OTHER side.

We heavily invest in both technology and in our staff so that our clients enjoy the best possible hosting experience available on the Web. I’m sure you’ve heard the term, positive in – positive out.

The culture we promote and commit ourselves to is complete customer satisfaction. If that means offering the fastest freak’n servers on the Internet to our clients, that’s where we’re going. If that means scheduling after-hours training so new services are smoothly implemented and issues are resolved quickly, that’s Hostirian. We are here to help YOU.

Oh no, I just locked myself out of my server

lock_open_solid_1I had just installed a nifty firewall I found on the Internet, and dang it, I locked myself out of my server. OK, those weren’t the exact words I used, but you get the picture. My name is Bob (real name hidden for fear of ridicule) and I had just leased an insanely fast NVMe server from Hostirian.

Fortunately, they offer IP KVM which allowed me to remotely disable the firewall and gain access to my server again. Whew!! Managing a server is so much easier when you have some great tools at your disposal.

For more information about Hostirian’s dedicated servers, click here.

Why organizations are switching to managed service providers… and why you should too.

According to CompTIA’s 2016 Buying Guide for Managed Services, 64 percent of organizations are using some form of managed services. Often times businesses can find themselves overwhelmed with the amount of IT requests, and projects needed to simply get their team to market. This usually leads to frantic hiring of IT employees, that sometimes aren’t able to keep up with the latest technology trends, or much less even understand the idea that IT is a balance of logic and efficiency. Where there are no “right” or “wrong” answers, but a lot of gray area, where strategic decisions and process must be implemented.

Over the last several years, the business marketplace has become more accepting of managed service providers (MSPs). They turn to MSPs to manage certain aspects of their IT infrastructure. By hiring the MSP, businesses save a lot on time and resources while insuring that certain IT functions are well managed and monitored. In addition to savings, businesses are switching from hiring in-house IT departments to using an MSP, because of the fact that MSPs stay on the cutting edge of technology. Their presence drives businesses growth by allowing the organization to focus on what they bring to their marketplace, instead of being bogged down by the needs of their IT infrastructure.

Here are the top 10 reasons why businesses are switching to MSPs. 

  1. Improve security- With the WannaCry crisis occurring last week, the threat of cyber attacks are stronger now more than ever. Working with a qualified MSP can help ensure a business’s security against damaging cyber attacks.
  2. Proactive approach to IT problems– When working with an MSP, businesses get access to proactive solving strategies that can help save time and resources, by solving IT related issues BEFORE they happen.
  3. Better up time– With a provider focusing on creating efficiency within the IT infrastructure, MSPs can help make a business’s computers run more effectively and efficiently.
  4. Gain access to newer technologies– A good MSP will always be on the forefront of innovation in regards to the newest technologies. It is their focus to help businesses become more efficient.
  5. Cost savings–  When comparing hiring an in-house IT team, the cost of salaries, and benefits are often times much higher than a monthly retainer to keep an MSP managing a business’s IT infrastructure.
  6. Peace of mind– No more fretting, or worrying about security and time that goes into managing and maintaining an IT system or systems for a business.
  7. Frees up the internal staff– With outsourcing IT functions, a business can use their internal staff to work on more strategic initiatives that benefit the business as a whole.
  8. Management of cloud solutions– Businesses are moving towards cloud management at an increasing rate. Using an MSP to help manage a business’s cloud can help with efficient organization that can speed up internal production.
  9. Lack of Internal IT- 38% of cyber attacks target small businesses. Small Businesses that don’t have the budget or knowledge of hiring an in house IT department, can turn to MSPs to help manage their IT needs.
  10. Handle of remote office IT- Leaving MSPs to do the management of a remote office IT helps significantly increase productivity within a business. It allows for businesses to focus on their trade rather than their IT infrastructure.

The competitive marketplace is a huge challenge to any business, in and of itself. By working with an MSP, businesses are able to focus efforts on areas that drive growth. Leaving the day to day operations to a provider. This saves money in the long run, and additionally– many managed services cost less than other traditional services and staff. Engaging an MSP provides businesses with access to a full IT team specializing in all areas of the IT industry. Allowing businesses to focus on what matters.