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Creating your own server is a very important step, because most people are well aware of the fact that to achieve this goal, they will have to work hard on it. That is why you should make the decision regarding the platform, which will serve the base for your project, right at the preliminary planning stage.
Today, the most popular options for creating the servers are the following three platforms: Windows, Unix and Linux.
What draws the attention of any average person with no experience in a particular field? First of all it is the popularity of a certain trade mark, in other words — the brand. Naturally, Microsoft Windows in this case is your first choice.
However, in the matter of creating a server, any experienced user will tell you to focus on absolutely opposite factors:
If you carefully consider and give honest answers to all the above questions, then you cannot find a better option than Linux. Moreover, this fact is confirmed by the recent studies, according to which this platform is steadily moving toward the first place of ranking among the most popular operating systems for creating servers.
It is important to indicate that there are many developments for the Linux-based operating system, specially designed to create a variety of servers, based on the capabilities and desires a person. One of the most important factors has always been the power of the equipment. Thus, the developers tried to satisfy the demands in each segment of this field of activity.
One of the most popular choices for server platforms based on the Linux OS is Ubuntu.
What are the advantages and features of this development?
The thing is that in this system the halting of one process does not lead to a complete system pending mode. Thus, one of the features may not be temporarily available on the server, while the rest of the features work great.
This is a very important factor for successful projects that can gather hundreds of thousands of users from around the world at the same time.
Stability is one of the indicators of successful game servers. Even the slightest time of the lack of access (for example, a forced restart of equipment) can lead to the withdrawal of a huge number of visitors from the project, as during this time they can lose a lot, and become disappointed. As a result, the project owner might lose a lot of money.
The use of Ubuntu virtually guarantees the lack of such problems. Especially when you consider another positive aspect of the use of this option. This type of server will not "eat" your computer's memory, and therefore, will be able to function properly during a very long period of time.
Naturally, the owner of the server does not want to discover on day that his initiative was buried by harmful effects of virus programs.
This problem is clearly non-desirable for the owner of any type of server. For example, enterprise projects could lose an important and valuable information, game servers - their visitors.
The distinctive feature of Ubuntu is that at the moment there are no virus programs developed for this platform. Of course, you can try to create your own virus, but to insert the virus into the system is also a task that not everyone can handle.
This is a very nice benefit of Ubuntu platform. The server creator is not required to invest anything on the initial stages of the business. The saved amount can be spent more efficiently, for example, on the promotion and advertising of the project.
It is important to point out that the Ubuntu distribution already contains all the necessary applications and programs for the fully operational server. If a person has decided to choose the option based on Windows, some of the components should be bought separately, whereas, Ubuntu server is ready to begin operation immediately after the installation.
Some people hesitate to create their own server when they hear that for its good performance they need to own expensive equipment. That is, to spend an additional and substantial amount of money.
To date, the Ubuntu servers work well on different types of equipment, showing great performance of almost all features, that is higher than those of competing Windows platforms.
Reliability index of the selected option should already manifest itself in the first stage - the installation process. Some developments are so complex even during this period that many people initially make a number of serious errors that prevent normal server functioning in the future. The Ubuntu installation pack includes special software that allows you to perform the installation of all the necessary features in almost automatic way. This provides the possibility to avoid errors in the first stage of the virtual server deployment.
In addition, when working with Ubuntu it is very difficult to ensure that the server has ceased to function with any serious mistake. It takes a lot of effort to completely ruin this product based on the Linux operating system.