Cost Effective Linux Server Software for Enterprises

By CIOReview | Monday, August 29, 2016
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An Outline

The advantages of a Linux server over expensive Windows systems are numerous with hardly any drawbacks. Since Linux is not dominant as Windows, there are some slight difficulties to find applications based on this platform to support the needs. While security stands as an important aspect for servers, the advantage over dominant operating systems is that security flaws are caught in Linux, even before they become an issue for the public. 

Linux was one of the first open-source technologies in which you can download the source code and change it any way you like. Several Linux coders have developed software that’s completely open-source for any user, improving the security and usability at each core.

Why Linux?

A dedicated server has to be highly secure and easily manageable to produce the maximum fair result while reducing the administrator’s burden. The Linux system that is well known for its security and bug free architecture helps realize efficient server implementations. Linux being an open source technology, several white hat hackers have contributed to the overall security and open access to users. 

Linux systems are also recognized for their ability to run for years without failure, where in fact, many Linux users have never experienced a crash even after years of use. This can be particularly valuable for small and medium-sized businesses, where even a minute of downtime can lead to several consequences. The Linux systems are also capable enough to handle large number of processes at once much better than other dominant systems even without frequent defragmentation. While almost all Linux configuration changes can be done in the running system without affecting unrelated services, other dominant systems commonly requires a reboot.  Linux system is flexible and scalable, and it performs admirably on just about any computer, regardless of processor or machine architecture, while the total cost of ownership will be low as the software is completely free. 

LINUX SERVER SOFTWARES

Linux server software is widely available on the internet and most of them are free and easy to integrate. These Open Source applications are deployed either pre-customized or are customizable as the source code is fully open to the world to a greater extend. Take a look at few of the widely used Linux server software that can help optimize your business processes. 

1.    Customer Relationship Management

CRM is indispensible for modern business and the open source OrangeCRM is fortified for an enterprise-ready customer supportive system. Designed to improve continuity or direct marketing with high level data management ability, OrangeCRM offers enterprise quality set of tools. It can seamlessly integrate into the business process offering a powerful and absolute solution for a company. The CRM tool features customer management, email marketing, merchandising, help desk, business analytics fulfillment, and storefront capabilities, as well as coaching and consulting for users with a free, open source human resources management tool.

2.    Database management

Being the central component of the widely used LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl / PHP / Python software stack) open-source web application software stack, MySQL is the most extensively used Database Management System. Widely used in Database management with Structured Query Language, MySQL drives a vast majority of Web-based tools, including WordPress, OrangeCRM, Joomla!, Drupal, XOOPS, and Openbravo. MySQL not only supports most of the database driven software in the market but is also open source and free of cost with the MySQL server software itself and the client libraries using dual-licensing distribution. Except few dominant platforms, MySQL runs smoothly with no GUI tools to administer the databases or to manage the data contained inside the databases. 

3.    Collaboration Suite

Zimbra is a cloud enabled calendar, email, and collaboration solution built for the enterprises. With a redesigned browser-based interface, Zimbra can provide an innovative messaging experience, connecting end users to the information and activity in their personal clouds. Optimized for the desktop and mobile devices, Zimbra can be deployed via an on-site private cloud or through the vendor’s network for service providers. It not only has a simplified, task-oriented AJAX Web Administration Console that enables anywhere administration but also an integrated anti-Spam, antivirus and directory service. At a predefined price quote, Zimbra offers an innovative, enhanced, robust, browser-based interface with a dedicated search tab and easy to customize filters.  For the budget thoughtful companies, Zimbra offers an open source edition of the collaboration platform.

4.    Web Server

Used by around 60 percent of web domains, Apache is one of the most popular web servers across the intact World Wide Web today. It’s released under an Apache License, which requires preservation of the copyright disclaimers and notices. While the Apache supports common languages including Perl, Python, Tcl, and PHP, the enterprise-class data centers can deploy Apache on supported SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux platforms. Though most prevalent on Unix-like operating systems, it also runs on the common OS like Windows, Mac OS X, and others offering power, flexibility, extensibility, better reliability and standard uptime than proprietary competitive offerings.

5.    E-commerce Tool

PrestaShop is one of the most powerful e-commerce solutions that offer a complete platform with the best tools to manage e-commerce daily. PrestaShop is a total, progressive, and simply adaptable solution for online sale. It works seamlessly with mobile devices. It not only offers over 2,000 website templates, but also has an easy-to-use store builder with over 300 built-in features and accepts payments with over 50 solutions. The Live Configurator embedded within makes it easy to customize the PrestaShop theme by changing fonts and colors. The package also includes an advanced search engine optimization tool for enhanced results. It offers a powerful back office with real-time information for tracking trends and provides a plug-in system to extend the functionality. Even though PrestaShop is free, most add-ons have an associated cost.

Being an Open Source service, finding Linux software for the server is never an uphill battle. You will find a host of other open source and proprietary Linux solutions that are ready to help empower the business.