Using Linux as the operating system in a web hosting or Linux VPS environment has become increasingly popular because of the operating system's open source nature and security, the Web Hosting Geeks report.
Most virtual servers used to host web sites are managed through an operating system. Linux began as a popular solution for corporations with dedicated IT staffs and the internal resources to support the OS. According to the Web Hosting Geeks, the operating system has become mainstream.
This popularity has been achieved because Linux is open source software, making it inexpensive to deploy and easy to support and troubleshoot. The Web Hosting Geeks report Linux is compatible with most programming platforms and can have its programming library upgraded as new languages evolve.
Linux is also known for its security, according to the Web Hosting Geeks, because it can be updated against threats at any time without needing a manufacturer's official release. This allows organizations to respond to threats quickly and maintain stability through internal management.
Recently, VMware released a product that allows virtual servers to function without an operating system. VMware's new ESXi product allows server administrators to manage the virtual device without an operating system, creating more space for storage and customization.