Linux Open Servers Do More Than Cost Saving
Linux has been a popular contender for operating system software against giants like Windows and Mac. Many users will conform to the enterprise backed software for the ease of establishment but advocates of open source software's have made some strong points and not all of them revolve around the cost saving factor.
For many individuals and corporations, the cost of using Windows or Mac as an operating system for their server is outweighed by the functional ease and customer support features. On the contrary, Linux is used by those who wish for an operating system that is targeted infrequently by malwares and provides a wide breadth of control over features.
Clearly, every operating system has its own advantages. A user weighs all the pros and cons of every operating system before making the critical choice of using it for their server. Similarly, Linux users focus on matrix beyond cost to arrive at their decisions. Some of the advantages that tip the decision in the favor of Linux open source Server are:
● Free Updates
Moreover, in case any cost is attached to applications based on developers demand, the user only has to pay the immediate fee for the same and no more. Even updates that the users wish not to install can be moved aside.
In comparison, even if the user of a bought licensed software might not have to pay for updates, paying developer’s charge of an installed application over the charge of software itself becomes a hefty amount. Besides, every time an update is rolled out, it is essential for the system to run it and further update other applications to make them compatible with the new updated system.
The charm of an open source software is the availability of source code such that creation and configuration are in the user’s hand. This ability is especially preferable to developers who look to build their applications, pages or work from scratch. This increases the independence of the user, in line with the above point where the software version desirable to be worked on can be kept running stead of a newer update or vice versa without much pain. If any features need to be bought, the charges seem nominable because of no software cost itself.
Comparatively, other operating systems have their own restrictions in terms of functionality. They too give various features for a user’s ease but every one of those features works via a predefined path. Any feature from outside the system library requires more money.
● Low Maintenance
Linux users usually advocate for Linux operating systems for servers based on this point rather than cost savings. Linux has lower maintenance compared to their enterprise owned counterpart operating systems. The updates as discussed above aren’t a necessary item on the user’s list; hence, the application updates are also fewer and far in between.
There is also the issue of crashing, downtime or viruses. A Linux server with more control over memory distribution can create an optimized ecosystem between the various virtual machine users without much restrictions. This leads to minimum or no downtime.
● High Security
Few viruses and malware are another reason for lower maintenance and hence minimal cost. The question arises, how does an open source software like Linux have little virus or malware issues? Think of the people sitting behind these malware programs. They mostly target enterprise products and develop viruses to run on popular environments, hence the threat of Windows and Mac is always higher than Linux.
While such may be the case, it is highly advisable to keep a security measure, an anti-virus at hand in your Linux Open server to deal with minimal threats that do come its way. This indicates the low cost for security measures, adding to the cost saving factor
● Cost Saving
Finally here is the core argument of Linux open source operating system. Cost saving is a major advantage, even the most popular advantage, of the Linux open source software to be used in servers. We have seen above how Linux is not only free but other factors that add to the cost saving of its overall use.
Many organizations take advantage of the low cost and redirect these savings towards professionals who are knowledgeable in Linux coding and set up to form a wholesome platform in the most customized manner. This helps a business develop a user friendly interface which is advantageous in terms of popularity and growth.
It is obvious that the most talked about feature of any open source software, especially Linux is cost saving. It is rightfully so as it cuts the cost into one fifth by lowering maintenance, saving on anti-virus, updates and applications while maximizing benefits by fulfilling custom requirements.