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Operating System Options For Cloud Server Hosting

This post is a guest article for the IT Managers out there.

You can generally choose from a variety of operating systems offered through cloud server hosting services for utilisation on cloud servers. These operating systems can range from Linux distributions such as Gentoo, Ubuntu and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, to OpenSolaris to Microsoft Windows Server to name a few. You may also be able to use any operating system or your own OS for cloud servers hosted by some cloud hosts.

Check whether the operating system you’re considering can be transported across different processors, for instance ARM, PowerPC, SPARC and RISC processors. Investigate whether it supports multiple users and what sort of multitasking capability it has. See if the operating system has time-sharing capability. Check the uptime records and see which operating systems have the longest uptime. Find out which operating systems have good scalability. For instance Oracle Solaris has good scalability, particularly with SPARC systems. Also find out whether the operating system can access remote resources.

The Linux-based Google Chrome operating system is aimed at users who spend most of their time on the internet. The operating system supports Google’s Chrome web browser and the majority of the applications are utilized through the internet on the Chrome browser, such as word processing and media-viewing tasks.

Perhaps you may want to consider Windows Server 2008 R2 for your cloud server operating system, which is an update of Microsoft’s Windows Server 2008. The OS has Live Migration and Cluster Shared Volumes amongst other capabilities, plus added DNSSEC support for the DNS server service.

If you want a free OS, there are numerous free distributions of open-source operating systems from Linux for instance. Keep in mind that free distributions don’t come with technical support backed by a company but online communities of users offer lots of free advice and support. Often you get better security support with open-source than closed-source operating systems, as open-source patches can be swiftly developed when problems or risks are detected as opposed to waiting for a closed-source company to release security patches. You will however get technical support with closed-source systems produced by large companies.

Make sure you choose an operating system for your cloud server that supports the software you want to utilize, as not every operating system will run particular software programs.

Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2011 may prove useful for small businesses. The commercial market, such as mainframes, may want to make use of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The Mac OS X Server Snow Leopard is a Unix server operating system, with features that include sharing contacts and calendars easily, carrying out project collaboration without difficulty, being able to remotely access information and being able to create and distribute podcasts.

You should select the cloud server operating system that meets your requirements the best. Cloud server hosting companies can advise you on this choice so you get the most out of using cloud servers.

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  1. Venkat July 20, 2011 at 6:58 am #


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