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How Economical Linux Servers can Save your Company Money

Monday / October 12, 2020

Running your own business server is an effective way to acquire full control of your hosted applications. Irrespective of its many advantages, many businesses are scared away from doing so because of how pricey it sounds.

If your business is looking to trim the costs on servers, your best choice is to consider Linux for your operating system.

The cost benefits of running the world’s leading Open Source OS certainly outweigh being free to own, Here we’re exploring three ways an economical Linux server can save your company in operating, licensing, and maintenance expenses.

Free Software with Free Updates

Any discussion on the benefits of Linux begins with the cost. Almost every distribution of Linux is free to install and run on a server. While some more popular operating systems like Windows and Mac OS carry exorbitant monthly price tags, Linux is open source and therefore free. That apart, most of the applications that are run on the OS are free too. This is an open source environment, where sharing source code is encouraged. Even if this is not without exception, they’re few and far between.

More secure with less maintenance than Windows or Mac

There’s one prime advantage to Linux OS that many users are quick to point out: it’s totally immune to most virus attacks. The truth, however, is that any computer connected to a network is susceptible to threats. That’s the nature of data transfer, but the user design of Linux renders it much less vulnerable to viruses. First, Linux benefits from the fact that it is a “lower profile” OS than Windows or Mac OS. This means that the majority of viruses and malware designed to attack machines are created with the top names in mind.

For instance, an email attachment with a virus payload will often come in form of a .exe or .zip file. These are only usable on a Linux machine if it’s running Wine, making this a largely redundant threat. Of course, you could end up opening a .deb or .bin on your cheap Linux server. These files will always prompt you for access to your sudo or root password, which is a red flag and should be the end of the problem.

The truth is, though, you’re much less likely to spend your time repairing a Linux server than any other, by a good measure. Time is money. If you spend less time fixing your business or personal server, there’s more time to focus on your business.

More Accessible Every Year

Thousands of people use economical Linux server setups to save money while maintaining their data on a platform with a strong support base. As new releases come out, in whatever form, it’s an OS that’s becoming more accessible every year.

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