4 Common Types of Server Operating Systems

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The server operating system is also called the network operating system, which is the system software that the server can run. Almost all servers can support various operating systems. It means, HPE servers and Dell servers both support these four types of server operating systems. Here are overviews of four mainstream server operating systems.

1.UNIX operating system

UNIX was originally a time-sharing operating system supporting small computers, but eventually became one of the most popular server operating systems in a client-server environment. It is written in C language, and because the C language abbreviator supports many different platforms, compared with other operating systems, UNIX has been ported to a wider range of machines.

UNIX is designed for a multi-user environment, the so-called multi-user operating system, and has built-in TCP/IP support, with good stability and security. At present, more than 90% of various sites that provide services on the Internet use the UNIX operating system.

Unlike other operating systems, different vendors sell different versions of UNIX, and there is no real UNIX. On the contrary, although people try to develop a standard UNIX version, there are actually many different versions that are similar and incompatible.


  1. Linux operating system

Linux is a kind of free software, which has all the functions of UNIX. Originally developed by students of Finnish universities, version 0.11 was released in 1991.

Linux is an excellent operating system. It is open, supports multi-user, multi-process, multi-thread, good real-time performance, powerful and stable, and can be obtained for free under the GPL organized by the CNU Free Software Foundation. A POSIX-compliant operating system.

This operating system software package also includes application software such as a text editor and a high-level language compiler, allowing the use of windows, icons and menus to operate the system.


  1. Netware operating system

The NetWare system is a server-based network operating system, which requires a dedicated server in the network. The NetWare operating system was commonly used in early computer networks.

NetWare series operating systems can support multi-processor and large-capacity physical memory management; can provide shared file access and printing functions; support the high scalability of corporate networks, including open standards and file protocols.

Netware operating system

  1. Windows operating system

The Windows series of operating systems include different series such as Windows 2000 and Windows 2003, which are mainly network operating systems used for servers in the network.

The Windows series of operating systems can support symmetric multi-processor systems, large-capacity memory management, and unique file and file management systems, and are also deeply loved by users.

Windows operating system

Through our introduction to the four mainstream operating systems commonly used in server rental, I believe that everyone has a deeper understanding of server operating systems. When installing the system, you also need to make specific selections based on your own business situation and database environment.

If you have different ideas, welcome to leave your comments.

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