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There are many different Linux dedicated servers out there so how do you know the server you choose will fulfil your needs? Well there are two different factors you must take into account that will determine the performance and usability of the server.
The first factor you should look at is the hardware of the Linux server, this will determine if your server is built to last and if the server will be able to cope with the tasks you require.
This is where Webfusion has the greatest advantage as we utilise latest Dell hardware to deliver the power, reliability and flawless performance you require from your dedicated server.
The second factor is the software; Linux operating system you choose can make a difference to both the usability and functionality of the server.
At Webfusion we offer a choice of Linux operating systems, these are...
CentOS is a based upon the Linux kernel. It is derived entirely from the Red Hat Enterprise Linux distribution and is highly regarded for both its security and scalability. Centos offers a lot more operational stability to users than other distributed Linux systems because of design similarities with the commercially released system.
Compared to other Linux-based operating systems, Centos only runs the most basic, stable versions of programs, resulting in a reduced risk of system crashes. However this also means there is less functionality when compared to other distributions out there but the CentOS community is very active and support is always easy to find.
Ubuntu is based on the Debian Linux distribution and is composed of many software packages, the vast majority of which are distributed under a free software license. The 10.04 server version includes MySQL 5.1, Tomcat 6, OpenJDK 6, Samba 3.4, Nagios 3, PHP 5.3, Python 2.6. Ununtu is considered easy to use and many of its services only take 30 minutes to configure.
LTS stands for Long Term Support which means the software is supported for a much longer period than usual releases so changes are thoroughly tested to ensure the distribution is stable for an extended period. This is perfect for servers as this enables them to work for long periods of time without needing regular updates. Long term support includes updates and security patches but as Ubuntu 10.04 LTS will continue to be supported until 2017 which ensures the longevity of your server.
In the end which Linux distribution you select comes down to your preference and experience. The distributions we have selected both have very active communities and will be supported for years to come so either way your server will be in good hands.
Webfusion have been offering dedicated servers for over 13 years. We utilise our expertise to ensure we offer servers that are at the cutting edge of the industry and know exactly what a dedicated server needs to excel in the current market.