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  • Latest version of CentOS instantly provisioned upon ordering
  • Open source and community supported operating system
  • Each version supported for 10 years, ideal for enterprise workloads

CentOS SERVERS

CentOS is short for Community Enterprise Operating System. First released as a fork from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) in 2004, is a Linux distribution that provides a free, enterprise-class, community-supported computing platform functionally compatible with Red Hat.

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Enterprise Grade Security

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Long Term Support and Reliability

Red Hat RPM Compatible

Low Maintenance

Key features

centos_page_logo_black LONG TERM VERSION SUPPORT
Each CentOS release is supported for 10 years, which makes it an ideal choice in environments where low maintenance, security and reproducibility are key concerns.
centos_page_logo_black RED HAT RPM SUPPORT
As a freely available clone of RHEL, CentOS reaps the benefits of RHEL’s business Linux development efforts without the costs involved. As with RHEL, it is conservative with regards to software upgrades, and often does not include latest versions - favoring consistency and security over new features. All Red Hat branding is removed from software by the CentOS team before release
centos_page_logo_black SELINUX SUPPORT
CentOS 7 release includes SELinux as standard. Initially developed by the NSA, and released into the public domain - SELinux is an advanced access control mechanism that brings increased security for Linux protects systems from malicious intruders.
centos_page_logo_black CPANEL COMPATIBILITY
CentOS is the only Linux distribution which officially supports the CPanel web hosting control panel, making it a very popular choice for shared web hosting environments.
centos_page_logo_black IDEAL USES
CentOS is most commonly used as an operating system for web servers in enterprise environments where long term support and stability is needed. It is also frequently used as the distribution of choice for web hosting companies.

It is a popular operating system for desktop users who require a Red Hat compatible environment, without the ‘bleeding edge’ features and software offered by Fedora Linux. It is an excellent choice of distribution for students who want to pursue a career in Linux systems administration for the same reasons.

CentOS STRENGHTS & WEAKNESSES

Strenghts

Stability and low maintenance

With a focus on long release cycles and only including tried and tested software, CentOS is probably the most stable Linux distribution available.

RPM package manager

By sharing the RPM package manager with Red Hat and Fedora Linux, installing software and managing dependencies on CentOS is straightforward and handled automatically.

Secure

SELinux is installed and active by default in CentOS 7. This provides fine grained control to security features found in the kernel, file and networking resources.

CPanel compatible

CentOS fully supports CPanel, probably the most popular web hosting control panels for shared web hosts.

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Weaknesses

Outdated software

Due to the CentOS focus being on stability, often newer versions of software are not available through official repos. For example CentOS 6 only officially supports PHP 5.3, which is no longer maintained. In these circumstances, additional repositories such as EPEL and Remi need to be added.

No commercial support or certification

CentOS does not have official commercial support available - enterprises which require this are better suited to using RHEL.

No support for proprietary media formats

CentOS only provides free and open-source software. Installing support for popular media formats or closed- source hardware drivers often require using the unsupported 3rd party rpmforge repository.

Long periods between releases

CentOS users often have a long wait to receive official support for features introduced much earlier in RHEL releases.

Frequently asked questions

+How much does CentOS cost?

CentOS is a free and open-source linux distribution.

+Which versions of CentOS do you offer?

By default, we install the latest version of CentOS to your server. If you need a specific version, we also offer the option for you to install a custom OS using our KVM.

+What is the best operating system for use in the hosting industry?

CentOS is the preferred operating system within the hosting industry due to extensive cPanel support for the OS.

+What is the release cycle of CentOS?

CentOS version numbers for releases older than 7.0 have two parts, a major version and a minor version, which correspond to the major version and update set of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) used to build a particular CentOS release.
Starting with version 7.0, CentOS version numbers also include a third part that indicates the monthstamp of the source code the release is based on.

+Does CentOS always use the latest server software?

CentOS is designed for a slow release cycle and for enterprise workloads. As such, CentOS is more stable and secure because of that - it always uses stable (but older) versions of software.

+What images is CentOS available in?

CentOS is provided in Minimal, Everything, LiveGnome, LiveKDE and NetInstall images.

+Is CentOS a good desktop Linux distribution?

General use desktop users may find CentOS challenging and are probably best suited to a Linux distribution which officially supports popular multimedia formats such as Ubuntu.

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