Linux-based websites 'perform better'

Server-monitoring firm's research claims Apache-based websites benefit from faster load time and greater uptime than those based on Windows

Linux-based websites perform better than those hosted on Windows servers, according to research.

WatchMouse, a Dutch firm that monitors server performance, based its research on a survey of over 1,500 European websites. The company says that, although the websites it surveyed were more frequently based on Microsoft's IIS web server platform running Windows than on Apache running Linux, the latter option performed better in terms of both uptime and load time.

The research showed a marked preference within the UK for Windows-based systems, at 59 percent of all systems surveyed. Linux accounts for only 17 percent of the UK total, with Solaris at 15 percent. BSD trailed behind at three percent, and Unix at one percent.

German firms are less keen on Windows-based web servers. Less than 20 percent of websites in Germany run off Windows-based systems.

WatchMouse also noted that, overall, two-thirds of the websites it surveyed had an availability of less than 99.9 percent, representing downtime of at least eight hours per year.

"Even though the companies in our study seem to prefer Windows over Linux, our research shows they would be better off using Linux/Apache-based websites," said WatchMouse's chief technology officer, Mark Pors. "Research has shown that most web users are very impatient and will wait no longer than four seconds for a web page to load. Organisations need to become more aware of the impact the choice of web-server platform can have on their overall availability and performance."