Discussion: Head-to-head server OS comparison

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When choosing the best commodity server OS for a data center, you have various Windows and Linux options. But server OS comparisons account for a server's function; the difficulty of installation, configuration and maintenance, security and stability, and support offered.

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  • daboochmeister
    It would be worth mentioning that even if Active Directory is in use for corporate authentication, it is straightforward to integrate Linux servers into Active Directory. We do it all the time on very large systems, using integration products from Centrify, Likewise, or even just native Samba libraries in some cases, depending on the use case.
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  • zman5819
    There is only one choice for freedom of use, at any scale.
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  • Michael Tidmarsh
    And what's that choice, zman5819?
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How many different server OSes are running in your data center today?

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  • robert53
    We use Unix for email delivery, Linux for free software and web servers, and windows for directory services. Using Sendmail and Procmail for SMTP and email delivery is way easier than using Exchange. Creating web servers on the fly is simple with Linux and database servers are so easy to maintain and update too. The distro of Linux for us is Debian for the ease of upgrading and patching.
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  • Meredith Courtemanche
    Hey Robert, Do you find managing several OSes to be time consuming or is it negligible? Or is it a case where investing in a little extra training/interface skills = big payoff in the functionality you get for the cost of different OSes?
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  • robert53
    Using multiple server OS's is not as time consuming as you might think. All Linux and Unix OS's can be updated or patched with scripts for minor updates, major updates are done by hand during scheduled down times. Microsoft provides WSUS for the Windows operating systems. The issue come in when you have multiple distributions of Linux and knowing how each distribution is updated. Using test servers helps with testing of major updates.
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What is the best server OS for cloud-based or cloud-bursting applications?

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  • carol482
    In our experience, our company has found the Apple iCloud service to be the best, most functional and easy to use for cloud-based and cloud-bursting applications. We have found that the iCloud interface is incredibly user intuitive and requires very little training in for the employees. The fact it is cross compatible between iOS and desktop OSs, the Apple iCloud service is the best option out there. We have yet to find a downside.
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What is the best server OS for mission-critical applications?

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  • e48489
    As far as I'm concerned, I'd consider Oracle's SPARC Servers that run Oracle Solaris, which is ideal for handling mission-critical-applications. Oracle's SPARC servers are unmatched in terms of scalability on all application tiers and include built-in virtualization, security and systems management, provided at no additional costs. But for systems running x86 architecture, Oracle's Sun x86 is the best since it's hardware and software stack provides choices for OS and virtualization software, including cloud management tools.
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