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Choose from Our Broad Selection of Operating Systems

Selecting the Operating System that will be the "best fit" for your hosted environment ultimately depends upon what your business needs are. Choose from a variety of Operating Systems available with our Dedicated Servers - including Windows and Linux/Unix distributions. Be sure to contact our sales team for special requests you may have.

Linux / Unix Distribution Comparison

The following is a comparison of supported Linux / Unix operating systems to use as a guideline. We give you the flexibility of choosing from a wide range of operating systems with every dedicated server plan. Not sure which operating system to choose? Don't hesitate to contact us so we can work with you in recommending the best software for your dedicated servers.


CentOS

PROS

  • Free, Mature and stable, based on RedHat Enterprise
  • Long Life cycle, bug patches and security fixes released for 7 years
  • Popular, lots of guides on the internet on how to do various tasks.
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CONS

  • Patches release usually one or two days after RedHat
  • Community developed during peoples spare time.
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» Manual
» FAQs

Debian

PROS

  • Free, Mature and stable
  • Debian take a very conservative approach to new releases and subject new software versions to strenuous testing
  • Medium length life cycle, patched for up to 3 years
  • Popular, and one of the oldest distributions, lots of guides on the internet on how to do various tasks
  • Comprehensive software repository, makes installation of additional software a lot easier.
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CONS

  • Community developed during peoples spare time, though with a large community of developers
» Manual
» FAQs

RedHat

PROS

  • Mature and stable, RedHat only use proven technology and methods
  • Long Life cycle, bug patches and security fixes released for 7 years
  • RedHat Support included in license fee covering basic usage, configuration, and diagnosing bugs
  • Created and maintained by professionals.
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CONS

  • License fee
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» FAQs

Ubuntu

PROS

  • Free, Based on Debian
  • Corporate support available from Canonical (for a fee)
  • Professionally and community developed.
  • LTS version released every 2 years has long life cycle, patches and updates for 5 years
  • Software more up to date than Debian
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CONS

  • Non-LTS releases only patched for up to 18 months
  • As software versions are newer, they've not be subjected to the same amount of real world testing so stability isn't as guaranteed, more likely to have bugs.
  • Community developed during peoples spare time, though with a large community of developers
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» Manual
» FAQs

FreeBSD 9

PROS

  • Mature and Stable, core packages subject to strenuous testing before release
  • BSD was designed from the ground up around the concept of the network
  • Handles heavy loads better than Linux distributions
  • Generally more secure than Linux.
  • Full operating system, rather than a series of packages provided alongside the Linux kernel.
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CONS

  • Some (not much and usually specialised) software is yet to be ported to FreeBSD from Linux
  • Not quite as user friendly (not a problem in conjunction with cPanel)
  • Community supported, with a smaller community than most major Linux distributions
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» Manual
» FAQs
NOTE: The default FreeBSD 9 OS installed is a minimal installation as most FreeBSD 9 users prefer to install their own software

Microsoft Windows

Windows 2008 Server
(32-bit)
Overview of Windows 2008 Editions
Comparison of different Windows 2008 versions
Windows Server 2008 FAQs
Web Edition (4GB RAM max)
Standard Edition (4GB RAM max)
Datacenter Edition (64GB RAM max)
Enterprise Edition (64GB RAM max)
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Windows 2008 Server
(64-bit)
64-bit operating systems are not available with all servers. Standard Edition (4GB RAM max)
Datacenter Edition (64GB RAM max)
Enterprise Edition (64GB RAM max)
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Windows 2003 Server » Overview of Windows 2003 Editions
» Comparison of different Windows 2003 versions
» Windows Server 2003 FAQs
Web Edition (2GB RAM max)
Standard Edition (4GB RAM max)
» Product Details
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Server Virtualization

What does XenServer virtualization do?

Server virtualization enables multiple virtual machines to run on a single hardware platform, each machine with the capability to run different operating systems and applications. Each can also be moved from one physical server host to another while running (called live migration). By compartmentalizing each virtual machine, application updates and upgrades can run simultaneously without affecting other machines hosted by the physical server. XenServer is cloud-proven and offers all the features and capabilities required to create, maintain, and administer a virtual infrastructure.

How XenServer helps your business

Slashing IT Costs
XenServer virtualization consolidates and reduces the number of servers you need for your operation, and XenServer management tools can reduce server requirements by up to 90%. With reduced power consumption and management expenses, coupled with increased efficiency, you can cut IT costs in half.

Streamlining Server Management
You can integrate and automate your management processes using Xen's leading-edge technology. Using virtualzation, your IT functions are consolidated, simplifying operations and increasing efficacy.

Increasing IT Flexibility
With XenServer virtualization, adapting to ever-changing IT requirements is easy and quick. By executing real-time access control and resource distribution, XenServer decreases IT response time for user needs.

Xen cluster solutions for Superb

We offer fully configured, ready-to-go Xen clusters, depending on your particular needs. For more information on how Xen clusters can help streamline your business and increase profits.

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