O.S. for your Hosting
One of the first things you will need to do in setting up
your business on the Internet is to find a web host. The
Web expands every day, and so do our choices. Just how do
you find a web host to meet your business needs? There are
literally tens of thousands, each one with a different focus
and services designed for a specific segment of the market.
The operating system used by your hosting company may limit
your flexibility as your company begins to grow. As you
study your options, you might consider the following tips.
An operating system or "platform," such as Microsoft's
Windows NT or DOS is the basic set of commands that tell
your computer how to open applications and store files.
In the early days of Internet activity, most servers operated
on a UNIX platform, an extremely powerful and flexible system
that requires considerable technical expertise to administrate.
UNIX is still as popular as ever, but today you have a choice:
Windows NT and UNIX variations such as Sun Microsystems
Solaris, and Berkeley 's BSD.
Experts offer significantly different opinions as to which
platform works best for web sites, we will however give
a brief description and analysis of the different systems.
In the end, the choice depends largely on your budget and
what you want to do with your site.
Linux, a version of UNIX, is a very versatile platform that
serves a number of functions well. It is particularly suitable
for meeting your Internet requirements, such as mailing,
streaming, Web serving, and fileserving. Linux is a very
cost-effective choice it uses hardware efficiently, and
allows for more web sites per server, thereby lowering the
cost of hosting per account. Linux servers are compatible
with certain Microsoft extensions and applications, for
example, MS SQL (a database program) or Microsoft Front
Page (a web authoring tool). Many engineers prefer the flexibility,
security, and control of Linux servers. Linux is Open Source
(free) software and a host of free programs are available
to users of Linux.
Microsoft Windows NT/2000
Window's 2000 graphical user interface makes it user-friendly
and provides a familiar interface for most IT teams to work
with. It integrates well with other Microsoft applications
and there are a wealth of commercial applications available
for this platform. Particularly attractive is the integration
with Microsoft Application Server (ASP) which allows the
creation of dynamic web pages linked to SQL databases, and
other Legacy back office systems.
Sun Solaris servers offer the highest level of resources
and power - these are the most robust servers! Sun has a
proven track record and is deployed in many large Fortune
500 corporations. It is a mature platform and there are
a large number of applications and development tools available.
Because of Sun's capacity and stability it is ideal for
high-traffic functions, such as database servers, high-traffic
Web servers and mission-critical servers.
The RaQ was designed for virtual (shared) hosting of multiple
Web sites. It's simple administration makes it a great first
Web server. Its flexible administration interface also allows
you to share administration responsibilities among your
FreeBSD is a version of BSD that was designed for the X86
processor. FreeBSD is a very stable open source operating
system, and a good alternative to Linux. It is an extremely
well-integrated and tested system, and is inexpensive. There
are a large number of free applications available for use