Windows vs Linux- A battle for the cloud

The debate between Windows and Linux is not over yet. Nor does it seem like it is going to be over any time soon. The two operating systems first rivalled for ruling over desktops, and are now battling to make their place in Cloud server. As tech-experts, we do not see the rivalry between Windows & Linux the way other people do. To us, it is the battle between two technical-approaches rather than a battle between two tech-companies.

Many of us may have stumbled upon the correct choice of an operating system for their cloud server. “Windows Cloud Server or a Linux Cloud Server?” leaves many of us pondering, without any breakthrough. Until now.

In this article we will talk about a few aspects of an operating system you can give your thoughts on. We have aimed at helping you choose the right OS for your cloud server. Each of these OS (Windows & Linux) has its ideal-use scenario. There is no doubt that each of them works equally well, and both have their downsides, too.

Which one is leading the battle?

According to W3Techs Web technology Surveys, out of top 10 million websites, 67.1 % run on Linux and the remaining on Windows. Windows is more common among desktop users, but Linux takes the lead when it comes to servers. Additionally, 100 % of the world’s top 500 fastest supercomputer are powered by Linux. Developers have always preferred Linux over Windows, with few exceptions of course.


One of the key things that you should be clear about is how you are going to use your OS. Windows is a comprehensive platform that provides the ease of management, and comes with a world-class GUI (Graphical User Interface). Linux is recognized for providing user specific functions. Being an open source OS, Linux offers more freedom (than Windows) and a complete control on your machine. With Linux, it is possible to create a number of instances, and assign a specific task to each instance. Technically, it will be like deploying a cloud with a number of servers. The same is not the case with Windows, as it only allows limited rights to its administrators.

Robustness & Stability

Linux, being an open source application, offers a robustness that Windows cannot. Linux was also considered to be a more stable operating system, but with intense testing and research, Windows is now equally stable. The updates rolled out for Windows, sometimes, contain bugs that may ruin its stability as an OS. Developers and server administrators still prefer Linux because Linux Distros do not roll out as many updates as Windows does. This makes sure admins can continue running the same distro without worrying too much about the upcoming update.

Cost & Support

Cost is one of the make-or-break factors while choosing the correct operating system. Linux is free to use; but you might need to pay for its support. While deploying your cloud server, you might want to buy an enterprise edition of Linux that comes with support. Both Linux and Windows come at a cost, one way or the other. But, even with paid support, Linux costs way less than what Windows does. But, Windows offers round-the-clock quality support. With free Linux, support is an issue. Consequently, Linux users often rely upon community support, but a lot of queries still goes unanswered.

End thought

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