Communitech.net: (Red Hat) Linux Unfit for Virtual Server HostingJan 11, 2001, 20:54 (31 Talkback[s])
[ Thanks to Tim Rushing for this link. ]
[ It should be noted that Communitech.net does offer Cobalt and VA Linux as dedicated hosting options and has good things to say about Linux in that context; the negative quotes below apply to use of Linux for virtual server hosting, where multiple customer websites are hosted on one physical server - LT ed. ]
"We only use Sun Microsystems Enterprise 250 servers running Solaris 7 for all of our UNIX virtual server hosting. With over $30,000 invested into each of our Sun Enterprise servers, we have gone to great measures to ensure reliability first and foremost. Our Gold Support contracts with Sun ensure on-site support within 4 hours of reported problems, and we keep spare parts for all servers."
"UNIX varies in several factors. Though the history of UNIX is based on GNU, or free, unsupported software; free is not always good. When dealing with critical applications, free, and unsupported can be a threat, rather than a benefit. The popularity of Red Hat LINUX, especially with other hosting companies is merely due to profitability, and not scalability or support. While Red Hat LINUX may be quite popular, the fact is that it is unsupported and unstable in mass virtual hosting. Sun Microsystems Solaris 7 is a true 64-bit Operating System, and is backed and supported by a Fortune 500 company. While our competition may take a cheap route through Red Hat LINUX and Intel-based hardware, we choose to take the reliable path, in the best interest of our clients."