The cost of running a Linux server can be a significant factor in deciding whether to install a new software package.
The Linux community is aware of the problem, and many of its members are asking for a solution.
On the other hand, the Linux community may not be as concerned as the IT industry about Linux hosting’s costs, as they are not as focused on the software they are running.
In the long run, these problems will need to be solved, says Andrew Leong, an analyst at Ovum, a company that helps companies manage IT budgets.
“We’ve always had this problem where people have a tendency to think about the software and think about how they’ll be able to get rid of it,” he says.
“But if you can’t get rid, then the software will be there.”
The main problem with Linux hosting is that the hardware is a commodity, Leong says.
There is no clear path to make the server more secure.
It’s more likely to break if a hacker is able to take over the server, and there are no solutions in the software for managing that.
Leong suggests using virtualization or virtualization-like technologies such as Hyper-V to provide security.
Virtualization allows a computer to run more efficiently, which in turn can reduce the need for hardware.
But it also creates a “zero-knowledge” environment where attackers can’t access data.
Virtualized systems do not include a firewall, which protects the data and prevents it from being compromised.
If Linux were to become more secure, Leung suggests that companies should start with the simplest solutions.
“You need a server that’s just running Ubuntu, which is basically a barebones installation,” he said.
“If you are looking for security, you should look at Linux.”
Leong thinks that the Linux market will remain relatively safe, despite its large market share.
He says that companies that use Linux often have the option to switch to something else.
“It’s not that Linux has become a huge market, but it’s the way most people use Linux,” he adds.