Why Linux Servers Are Cheaper Over Windows Server

For the past several years, there have been two major web hosting service in existence – Windows and Linux. Both of these systems have their own benefits and drawbacks, and many PC experts would be willing to fight to the death over which server is better. However, from a business perspective, it often seems that Linux web serves appear to be less expensive than Windows hosting servers. While not all Linux hosting sites are able to offer the same low prices, here are some of the reasons why Linux hosting service can sometimes end up as the less expensive alternative.

1. Certification Cost

Because Windows is a big system, they need you to pay licensing price to use it. Linux is a free system and therefore Linux operating-systems are free to use. However, this does not mean that Linux lacks the same speed, stability and performance which are offered by Windows.

2. Reliability

Many developers will be willing to argue that Linux serves are far more reliable than Windows serves are for the simple stuff. Windows servers often have to waste your money on assistance, resources and tools which are required to maintain the reliability of the servers. The price of all of these factors will be passed on to the user at the end of the process. Because Linux is free, customers have more independence to create solutions which really work for every eventuality. A solution like Linux will need less complex assistance and therefore can be run at a much cheaper price.

3. New competition

Windows servers had a monopoly factor on all computer-based programs until Apple came into existence to challenge them. Windows solutions recognize this popularity and are willing to capitalize on it. While they do not actually have much of a benefit, many customers perceive them to have advantages for a big product name. Therefore Windows server charge more because they have the product benefits.

4. Complexity of Platform

Because Windows is such a common system, it is the one which most technologists understand how to use. This means that there is an abundance of individuals using it, and it has become far more commercialized. Linux developed as a shared system and therefore the costs involved can often be much less expensive. As it is a free system, individuals who understand how to use Linux have far more independence of control and can therefore expand their limits more.

Finally, choosing a Windows or Linux platform for your hosting services will always depend on your requirements and also pocket at the same time. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages and one should be well versed about the systems before selection the better for their needs.

Remote Desktop Gets a Facelift in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2008 R2 remote desktopApplication sharing and virtualization underwent a makeover in Windows Server 2008 R2 to make it easier to access remote application and overall administration. The users working on Windows 7 platform can now access remote applications – via RDWA or Remote Desktop Web Access feature – through a folder in Start menu. The users who are running other Windows versions can also enjoy an access to these applications through a secure webpage.

These applications are installed and managed in a single place whereas access to them can be set for different user classes. Client machine configuration is a snap or involves a simple matter of providing a SSL web URL. These apps’ look and feel prompts the users to think these are locally installed and can be run along with other local applications without any problem.

The remote App suite in 2008 R2 refers to an update of the Terminal Services Remote App suite in the older versions of Windows Server. These updates have launched more options to allow more control over access to the hosted apps. When the users log in to Remote App through RDWA, they are either represented with a virtual Windows desktop which, to the users, look and feel like they are using the apps on a standard desktop or with a list of applications which are specific to each class of users by privileges of account.

The virtual desktop can either be assigned dynamically from a slew of standard template desktops or be exclusive for every user (full customization by each is allowed). It is possible to administer all the hosted apps on a single server through either of the ways but that does not mean they will be visible to all users.

Remote applications can cut down complexity and cost in several situations. Local IT support is limited in several places, especially the branch offices. In those cases, RDWA reduces a considerable amount of time spent in deployment and maintenance of software on clients’ machines. Customer apps or “Legacy Applications” which have been considered a bane due to their crabby character can now be easily installed and administered in a single location. If updates are pushed once, they will be instantly available for every user across the enterprise.

In an IT environment where cubical “hotelling” or “hot desk” is in play, access configuration for a unique virtual desktop provides look and feel of the home office, irrespective of home location. If the business environment is dynamic, the users are able to access enterprise apps and it enhances their productivity. The updated version also enhances document control as all files are in one location.