Unix, the server platform of choice among Internet service providers, has been slammed as too expensive by Imano, a UK provider of rented Web space.
Imano managing director Chetan Damani said it was too expensive to develop complex sites for Unix because it required professional programmers with knowledge of languages such as PERL or CGI.
Imano, which also builds retail sites for mail-order companies, has instead wedded itself to Microsoft using NT 4.0, Internet Information Server, InterDev and Active Server Pages (ASP), a cheaper alternative to writing bespoke scripting codes.
"Previously, clients who wanted an Internet Store had to pay tens of thousands of pounds. With NT 4.0 and ASP, we've designed a commercial Web site for #6,000 (www.diytools.com). This could not have been done before on rented Web space. Clients who wanted all this would have needed their own servers with a leased line, all costing more," said Damani.
But Webmaster Barry de la Rosa commented: "It is true a Microsoft solution could be easier to use, but Unix is more flexible, quicker and more robust."
Defending Imano's decision to shun Unix, Damani said: "We use NT because it offers a cheap platform to develop Internet WebStores. A lot of pro-Unix companies mention that NT is not robust, but that's just not true. Many managers will migrate to NT, but not one will migrate from NT."
Web hosting costs #40 a month without a domain name and #50 a month with a domain name. The minimum contract period to qualify for no setup fee is 12 months. There's a #10 a month extra charge for SSL. Design and development services are charged at #450 a day.
Imano, a global software company specialising in shopping sites, was set up in 1996. (www.imano.co.uk)
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