Up until the year 2000, UNIX or Linux servers were dominant in the world of web hosting. But with Windows 2000 Server, followed by the 2003 version, and now Windows 2008 Server, Microsoft has begun to play catch-up.
A fierce debate rages between Linux server and Windows Server advocates. The conventional wisdom is that Linux wins out because it’s “open source” (the software is free), more secure and copes better with high traffic.
But sometimes passion can obscure facts. In reality, a well-maintained, professionally managed, Windows Server can be just as secure and reliable as any equally well-run, competing Linux setup. What’s more, there can be some advantages in going down the Windows route.
First there’s the familiarity of software on the server itself. It’s Windows, which is installed on 90% of the world’s desktops, so you will benefit from being able to navigate it quickly due to familiarity with the setup.
Then there are the web applications that can be built on a Windows web server. Windows Server supports a programming language called ASP.NET. In the right hands this language can form the entire framework for your website, from the site pages themselves, to customer databases, to “in-browser” software such as calendars, calculators, and even complex programmes like word processors.
Therefore, especially if you have a developer to hand who prefers to work in ASP.NET, the Windows Server route is one to consider.
At CWCS we provide a rich range of Windows Server packages at competitive prices.