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.

Microsoft Reduces Prices for Windows XP Patches

Microsoft has taken double stands in regards to Windows XP support price. The software giant has, one hand, pulled the plug on support for Windows XP and on other hand, it provides Windows XP security patches to big corporate houses which are always ready to pay a handsome amount to avail the service.

In the last month, Microsoft made a substantial reduction in price. On April 8 – the same day when Microsoft withdrew their support for Windows XP – Gartner released a research note, which is available to only the subscribers. It said, on the basis of some of its clients’ reports, Microsoft was reducing the highest price for customer support. Gartner has words of advice for its clients, who are in need of XP patches, “to go through Custom Support Agreement plans for risk reduction and potential cost”.

In accordance with estimation by Gartner, 20-25 percent of enterprise systems are still using Windows XP. For enterprise customers, the reason for their sticking with XP is they have custom peripherals or applications to make migration complex and difficult. In 2012, Gartner said they were informed by some of their customers that Microsoft was charging in the region of $5 million for extended Windows XP support coverage. However, Gartner also added that the cost was reduced to nearly $2 million (maximum).

Microsoft is getting cautious with regards to Windows XP. Officials are unwilling to look like they are, once again, extending their support deadline for the 13-year old OS. But a lot of large and high-profile shops still prefer Windows XP. If these customers encounter security issues, which Microsoft patches could have easily solved, Microsoft will not be considered a good guy. Even after a considerable reduction in max price level, Custom Support Agreements are primarily intended for the large enterprise houses. That gives a clear hint that it is still not meant for the small wigs in business field or individual customers who want to run their system on Windows XP.

It is worth a mention that there is a limit – limit of time – which is yet to be disclosed by Microsoft as to how long the company will provide XP patches to the users who are shelling out for CSA coverage. And the customers, who want to avail CSA coverage, must have proper migration plans in place with a deadline for project completion and quarterly deployment milestones.

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.

How to Re-provision Your Virtual Private Server

ReprovisionBefore we jump to the subject topic, i.e. re-provisioning of server, let us first delve into what it means by provisioning of server. In telecommunication field, provisioning refers to the process of preparing a network to enable it to provide services to the intended users. When it comes to NS/EP telecommunications services, provisioning is almost synonymous with “Initiation” and involves changing the state of existing capability or priority service.

Service mediation or network provisioning points out at provisioning of customers’ service to the networking elements, most of which are used in the telecommunication industry. It needs existence of network elements and heavily relies on network planning and designing. In an advanced signal infrastructure which employs information technology at every level, it is nearly impossible to differentiate between “higher level” infrastructure and telecommunication services. Provisioning is all about configuring any required system and providing the users with an access to technology resources and data information. It is also in high reference to enterprise-standard information resource management.

However, if you consider the picture from a management perspective, it’s usually managed by a CIO and involves a strong cooperation between IT departments and human resources to perform the following actions:

  • Grant the users authorization to system, database and networking applications or give them access to data sources on the basis of a unique user identity,
  • Suit their specific use of hardware assets, including computers, pagers, handsets and the likes.

After provisioning, the SysOpping process makes it sure that expected services are rendered and consistency in standard is thoroughly maintained. Provisioning, therefore, refers to only the setup or startup portion of service operation as well as SysOpping to the current responsibility.

Now let us come to re-provisioning of server. Undo all the changes, start from fresh installation and follow the instructions below for both Windows and Linux:

Windows

It has to be set manually from the end of your web hosting service provider. So, call your web hosting service provider for the necessary setting.

Linux

The web hosting companies allow their clients to re-provision their server from Virtuozzo Power Panel. Here are the guidelines how you can do that:

  • Login in to your hosting provider’s control panel
  • Select VPS (Virtual Private Server Management)
  • At the bottom, you will find a statement that reads ‘Login to VZPP’; click any one from the two links
  • Add an exception in the browser you are currently using to continue to the Panel
  • Choose Maintenance in the Management menu found on the top-left corner