The State of Windows Web Hosting in 2019
The State of Windows Web Hosting in 2019

No server can function without an operating system to manage its software and hardware resources. When it comes to a web hosting server, many web owners in the Middle East now prefer Linux operating system. Windows hosting in Dubai used to be quite common. But over the years the demand for Windows servers dwindled. Linux is the buzzword now. 

The fall of Windows hosting servers?

Typically, web owners take into account the needs of their website to decide which of the two operating systems they should go for. Both have proven their worth in supporting dynamic websites and executing web applications. Both are complemented by a plethora of useful frameworks and programming languages. Still, Linux is gaining more momentum in the Middle East. 

This is primarily because of the price factor. Windows is developed and owned by Microsoft. So the licensing fee may deter many web owners who don't want to invest a lot in hosting their growing websites. Linux on the other hand is an open source distribution, which doesn't mean it's free. It can use some form of Linux kernel which is generally free. Linux also offers paid distributions like Red Hat that comes packed with features to considerably improve server performance. Still it doesn't cost as much as Windows. 

Another reason is the rapid advancement of open source technologies. In 2018, we saw open source dominating in various sectors and expanding to new, more competitive domains providing top-notch enterprise-grade services and solutions regardless of the size of organization. Many leading companies in the cloud hosting UAE sector use open source technologies both in their operations and for their growth. 

Open source has a harmonious relationship with the cloud now. And as cloud hosting dominates the hosting industry everywhere across the globe, open source is also given a complementary role. Most experts recommend an open source - cloud combination for hosting today, especially in the UAE. This also places the spotlight on Linux. 

Windows, on the other hand, is not doing much to stay ahead of the curve. The OS' familiarity and wide usage is what makes it still preferable to a few companies. But from the looks of things, a change is impending. There is also the aspect of security. Most systems breached by cyber-criminals last year is reported to have been using Windows. There is no crosshair on Linux at present which makes it a bit more secure than Windows. 


The present state of Windows in the Middle East's hosting industry isn't something to praise. It's there and it's struggling to the point that it's now preferable mostly for smaller organizations offering domain registration services in UAE. The OS is also pirated a lot. Experts expect Windows to drop out of the industry in a few years when open source reigns supreme.