In the previous article in this series, we discussed the soon to be released Windows Server 2012, including its many features. In this final article in the series, we’ll be discussing what Linux brings to the table. Linux has a strongly competitive market share, 18 percent and growing, and has several features worth looking in to. One of it’s strongest areas is cloud-based services, holding a dominant position already. With economy such a concern today, Linux licensing costs are salve to businesses, the word is free. These things all add up to make Linux a viable choice in today’s market.
Several features important to business today can be found on the Linux platform. Performance, one of the more important, is incredible, according to these Toms Hardware benchmarks, Ubuntu Linux has windows 7 beet hands down. Virtualization on Linux, commonly used in data centers, has a great deal of support , ready for use with minimal installation. In edition, Linux is the platform Apache was created for, which is one reason why it serves data lightning fast. There are several more features for consideration. Linux in The Cloud The cloud is today’s hot technology, primarily because of the high performance it fosters in data storage and retrieval, including web app code. Linux has a dominant position, firmly in the cloud. Amazon’s EC2 service has nearly half a million servers, and powering the servers of the “most well known public cloud,” according to this ZDNet article , is Linux. According to this article, 72 percent of Linux users will be choosing to add more Linux servers, while only 36 percent of Windows Server users will be adding more windows servers to their data centers. According to this article , written by the chairman of The Linux Foundation, IDC has “predicted that the