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Windows VPS vs. Linux VPS

One of the most important decisions to make when choosing a virtual private server (VPS) is whether a Linux or Windows-based option is right for you.  While IT professionals often swear by one or another, these two systems are aimed at meeting the requirements of two different types of users.  Windows and Linux are both very different operating systems, with Linux being an open source operating system that is free to use and Windows a commercial operating system.  While many basic functions are shared between the two, the prices and uses of a Windows VPS and a Linux VPS are very different.

The main advantage of using a Windows VPS server over a Linux VPS server is the support offered for classic ASP and ASP.NET web pages and scripts, as this may be very important for some people because their website may not function correctly otherwise.  A Windows VPS server will also be able to offer you support for Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Access databases, which can be beneficial to you if you are looking to host a classic ASP or ASP.NET-based website because, most likely, your website utilizes a database backend of either a Microsoft SQL Server database or a Microsoft Access database.  Remote Desktop access is another feature that Windows VPS servers can offer over Linux VPS servers.

For a user with more basic needs but who still has the need for a VPS server, a Linux VPS server is going to be more than sufficient.  The main advantage that a Linux VPS server will be able to offer you over a Windows VPS server is lower web hosting costs, which for most people is a determining factor.  A Linux VPS server may also be able to offer you better reliability than a Windows VPS server because of the fact that Linux servers can be optimized much more than Windows servers.  Therefore, they can easily be made to be more reliable and to have increased overall performance.  A Linux VPS server will also offer you direct SSH access to your own web hosting environment, which is valuable to some users since it allows them to directly interact with their own VPS server and accomplish tasks much quicker.

Windows VPS and Linux VPS both have much to offer, but it is important to remember that they are aimed at different types of users.  As with most web hosting services, it is imperative that you compare the many different Windows VPS server hosting services and Linux VPS server hosting services that are available so that you can make an informed decision on which web hosting package meets your specific requirements.  At Atlantic.Net, we offer both Windows VPS and Linux VPS hosting.  Call 800.521.5881 today to speak with an advisor regarding the hosting package that is right for you!

Outage prevention tip of the month – Reduce downtime with Atlantic.Net!

Computer equipment is often located in back closets without adequate cooling; this poses even a larger threat to your servers when the air conditioning unit is turned off during weekends. A sufficiently ventilated, cool, and static-free environment is essential to the longevity of your servers and your business.

Fix the Net Today!

When Atlantic.Net was asked to help answer some questions for an article to be published in the computer world, we turned to Tony S., our Sr. Windows Administrators. With his 15+ years of full spectrum IT experience, Tony is a Microsoft specialist and also holds certifications from Cisco, Citrix, and VMware.  He has experience in development of advanced technology solutions and designing/building/managing IT operations for both internal and customer-facing systems. Continue reading

What is Managed Server Hosting?

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Managed server hosting is a new service that is the future of computing. Simply stated, managed server hosting puts together all the pieces needed to operate a computer server.

Instead of purchasing and setting up a server at your office, hiring additional staff to setup & manage and maintain the server, a managed server is located in our data center and managed by our staff of experts eliminating many of the costs, time, and effort associated with running a server.

Some examples of managed server hosting include:

Managed Server for Web Hosting allows companies to have a web site (www.yourcompany.com) available for their customers to interact with to order products & services, get more information, or get support for an already purchased product. Continue reading

Orlando Data Center Sponsors the Internet And Technology Summit in Tampa Florida

Atlantic.Net sponsored the 2009 Internet and Technology Summit held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday August 25th.  The event was a great opportunity for us to network with technology professionals from Central Florida. It was a great venue to showcase our product information, distribute white papers on “Managed Server Hosting” and “How to Choose a Data Center”.

Atlantic.Net continues to chart out an aggressive agenda for 2009-2010 and looks forward to working with all of the new partners that we have met at events such as these in the coming months.

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Sam G., John R., and Jaima W. at the Atlantic.Net booth.

Disposing Off Old Computers And Servers.

Several weeks ago it was decided across the board that I needed a fast computer for my daily activities here in our corporate office.  I contacted our NOC, told them what I wanted and a few days later a shiny new desktop sat atop my desk. I took care of all of the necessary transfer of data and whatnots and politely asked the guys, “So what do you want me to do with this dinosaur? Toss it?” They looked at me like I had a third eye and quickly informed me that there are “proper” ways to dispose of your computer. Gently removing it from my death grip they carried it out of my office, never to be seen again.

So there I stood, with empty hands and I began to wonder what in the world they were going to do with it. What about all of that customer data (possibly the reason they refused to leave it)? I’ve seen Forensic Files one time too many, where some ridiculously smart computer guru is able to retrieve data from a suspect’s computer, uncovering hard core evidence which implicates the suspect.  I also began to think what would happen if that information got into the wrong hands (flashback to the 1995 film The Net with Sandra Bullock).   Were they going to try to rebuild it? “Gentlemen, we can rebuild. We have the technology. …. Better than before…. Better, stronger, faster.”- anyone remember The Six Million Dollar Man ?  Since my inquiring mind and overactive imagination wanted to know, and I’m sure I am not alone, I sat down and spoke with Joe Cosmano, Director of Engineering, and Josh Simon, Director of Data Center Services at Atlantic.Net, to find out what to do with old computers to ensure that they are either disposed of properly or rebuilt to become the Six Million Dollar Machine. Continue reading