Linux is defined as an operating system using a Linux kernel which is similar to the UNIX operating system. Linux operating systems are used on computers, mobile phones, tablet computers, and video games. In 1991, the Linux system was written by Linus Torvalds and has since been upgraded through the use of advanced technology to serve the changing needs of clients and users.
Many companies turn to Linux server hosting/Linux dedicated server hosting providers to host their business websites. Many businesses have a wide range of information available on their websites and multiple functions built into their websites. For these businesses, a large amount of bandwidth is needed to host their demands, needs, and individual resources. Using a Linux server hosting/Linux dedicated server hosting provider allows visitors to these websites to browse at a faster pace without having to wait for slow downloads or in other words, for information to pop up on their screens. Sending emails through the website and filling out forms can also be done at a faster pace.
Benefits range from provider to provider and often include 24/7 support, increased/appropriate amounts of bandwidth, spam and virus filters, quicker and more reliable websites, increased security, and a better percentage of uptime. When a business website is down and not available to users, business owners lose a lot of money and sometimes valuable customers.
The cost of using Linux server hosting/Linux dedicated server hosting differs from server provider to server provider. Most providers offer different hosting packages which include certain amounts of Gb RAM, bandwidth, and hard drive, Mbs network ports, and different hardware/software levels. They also include choice of operating system used, uptime percentage guarantees, whether the hosting is managed, self-managed, dedicated, semi-dedicated, or private. Customer support, same day setup, and free setup are often included.
Dedicated Linux hosting servers are hosting servers that use Linux as the operating program and Linux dedicated servers use Linux as the operating program. Linux is a free operating system that has the ability to support multiple hardware platforms. Many businesses opt to go with a dedicated Linux server because they offer more power, stability, and customization.
Dedicated Linux servers are designed to handle the traffic needs of different businesses whether they are heavy, moderate, or light. These servers were designed with performance demands and multiple server clusters in mind. The servers are dedicated to the clients and their individual needs allowing them to choose which hardware and software they need. The above factors are all filtered into the price of server hosting packages available.
Levels of support vary among server packages or can be chosen by the client affecting cost. Support features may include video tutorials, server documentation, user guides, support centers, 24/7 support, live support, email support, and telephone support.
Businesses with large, busy, and high traffic websites often choose a fully dedicated host, which is more costly and more appropriate. Shared servers are best for smaller websites with less traffic. Businesses hosted on a shared server, share the server with other businesses. Websites with high traffic commonly opt for a managed server hosting package.
Managed dedicated server hosting is done by trained and qualified hosting experts, which costs more. Hosting experts customize the server for an individual client and configure and manage the server to the clients’ needs. Hosting experts are responsible for security, storage, network devises, monitoring, system administration, troubleshooting, data backup, and maintaining network uptime and hardware.
A self-managed dedicated server has the basic features of a dedicated server that is managed. This comes at a lower cost to the client. The basic features include storage (hard drive), reboots, bandwidth, and failed hardware replacement. The client is responsible for their own system administration.