Unix Servers vs. Windows
Our Servers uses Unix based operating systems
of the superior performance, flexibility and cost efficiency
that Unix offers.
The following is a comparison of the BSDI
to the Windows Server system.
Note: The operating system
that you use on your desktop
computer (the vast majority of people use some flavor of
Windows) has absolutely nothing to do with the one that
your host needs to serve your web site.
sites are created with MS FrontPage and even although that
is a Microsoft product, it can be hosted perfectly on a UNIX
web server with FrontPage Extensions installed.
Unix offers more performance at 1000MB than Windows
offers at 2000MB.
Unix is usually more proficient in the use
of its memory, especially when dealing with network services
Because Unix requires less memory and processor time
than Windows, a Unix based system has more memory
and processor power for other computer functions.
When tested with Unix and Windows running on standard PC
Unix ran 27% faster than Windows when reading static HTML
content, and with API generated content.
Unix is between
47% and 197% faster. For CGI, PHP and MySQL contents
Unix is approximately 77% faster than Windows.
Individuals and subsystems running on Windows crash far
more frequently than a Unix system.
Unix has been reliable
for years due to its dependable software and technology.
Unix was designed and implemented with remote
management in mind.
This enables system administrators
to remotely perform management operations from another
building or across the world.
Windows was designed so that
most of the administrative programs have to be run on the
physical machine, without the ability to remotely control
Unix has included things such as SMTP (Email), NNTP
(News), Telnet, and DNS.
All of these protocols and services
were somehow forgotten by Windows.
They can be covered
up with third party products and Microsoft's own programs.
However, none of these programs and products can compare
to Unix in terms of flexibility and power.
UNIX systems are hands-down the winner in this category.
There are many factors here but to name just a couple of
In our experience UNIX handles high server loads
better than Windows and UNIX machines seldom require
reboots while Windows is constantly needing them.
Servers running on UNIX enjoy extremely high up-time and
Web sites designed and programmed to be served under a
UNIX-based web server can easily be hosted on a Windows
server, whereas the reverse is not always true.
programming for UNIX the better choice.
To sum it up, UNIX-based hosting is more stable, performs faster and more compatible than Windows-based hosting.
You only need Windows hosting if you are going to
developing in .NET or Visual Basic, or some other application
that limits your choices.