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Benefits of Using Cloud Based Linux Systems in the Modern Enterprise

This blog introduces the Aliyun Linux 2 OS and discusses the benefits of using Linux in cloud based systems for modern enterprises.

By Rishu Mehra

Many enterprises these days are focused on having a Cloud-based system in their IT infrastructure as those are more reliable, robust, and quick to setup. Even though a cloud-based system can increase the workload on monitoring and administering the structure, enterprises are constantly optimizing these processes. This is one of the key reasons many enterprises have adopted Linux based systems as they are cost-effective, secure, scalable, open-source, and community optimized.

Owing to the flexibility of Linux, IT organizations can optimize their infrastructure other open-source tools for cloud infrastructure. Linux is considered to be the one of the best OS for cloud-based systems with widespread adoption across industries and emerging technologies. It is interesting to know that more than 75% of cloud-enabled enterprises report using Linux as their primary cloud platform. Linux is perfect for running highly available, reliable, and critical workloads in a cloud computing environment and supports a variety of use cases, target systems, and devices.

Linux provides:

  • Open-source innovation
  • Consistency across infrastructure
  • Container portability
  • Massive scalability
  • Continuous security

Selecting the Right Linux Distro

Selecting the right Linux distribution is a tough job for a CIO as different Linux distributions offer different advantages with the off-the-shelf offering. Some have a lower subscription and ongoing operational costs on-the-other-hand others can integrate better with your existing infrastructure, as well as third-party hardware, software, and tools. However, there are many common benefits of being in a Linux based system, which include the following:

Consistent operating model

No matter what version or distribution of Linux you use, whether you're on a very powerful computer or a tiny embedded device, the general operation of Linux is the same no matter where you go. What this means is that, with some exceptions, the command line is almost the same, process management is almost the same, basic network management is almost the same, and computer programs can be easily ported between distributions. The result of this consistent operating model is a time-saving and flexible gift.


Linux is very (able to be made bigger or smaller) and can run on everything from wristwatches to supercomputers, to around the world distributed groups of computers. Of course, the benefit of this (the ability to be made bigger or smaller) isn't just for the devices, but also its basic ability to do things like command-line tools, setup, automation, and code-compatibility and everything related to Linux and open-source-based systems is scalable and made for enterprise usage.

Open-source and community optimized

With open-source, freely available nature, you might be concerned about future enhancements, bug fixes, and support. Fortunately, you can put those worries aside. If you look at the Linux kernel alone, with its 22 million lines of code, you'll find a strong community developing it behind the scenes. In 2016, one report said that over 5,000 individual developers representing 500 different corporations around the world contributed to enhancements in the Linux kernel, not to mention all the other surrounding applications and services. A staggering 13,500 developers from more than 1,300 companies have contributed to the Linux kernel since 2005. You might wonder why commercial entities contribute code to Linux. While many open-source advocates see the open-source nature of Linux as purely idealistic, the commercial contribution of code is a strategic activity. In this sense, the for-profit companies who are dependent on Linux contribute their changes to the core to ensure that those changes carry forward into future distributions without having to maintain them indefinitely.

Full function networking

Linux did build up a strong set of networking capabilities, including networking tools for providing and managing to route, bridging, DNS, DHCP, network troubleshooting, virtual networking, and network monitoring.

Package management

The Linux package management system allows you to easily install new services and applications with just a few simple commands.

Linux and other open-source technologies are also critical for the modern enterprise because open-source tools offer the big-time return on investments that matters to their business. And by integrating the complete Linux and open-source based cloud-based infrastructure, users benefit with:

  • 35% of lower infrastructure costs.
  • 16% fewer unplanned outages.
  • 39% lower productivity loss due to unplanned downtime.
  • 38% more efficient IT infrastructure teams.
  • 17% more productive development teams.
  • 26% faster application development cycles.

What Is Aliyun Linux 2

So with all these benefits, Alibaba Cloud offers Aliyun Linux 2 an ideal platform for the modern enterprise. Aliyun Linux 2 is a next-generation Linux distribution released by Alibaba Cloud. It includes advanced features developed by the Linux community and provides a stable and reliable environment for applications running on the cloud. Aliyun Linux 2 is deeply optimized based on the Alibaba Cloud infrastructure to provide the best experience for users. You can install Aliyun Linux 2 on all types of Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instances, including ECS Bare Metal Instances.

It should be your native choice for your Cloud infrastructure because:

Security and Regulation Compliance

Aliyun Linux 2 is a 100% open-source Linux distribution. You are free to download and check the source code of all operating system components and send any issues or suggestions to our community. Alibaba Cloud will continuously fix vulnerabilities in Aliyun Linux 2 to improve system security.


Aliyun Linux 2 is a Linux distribution deeply optimized based on the Alibaba Cloud infrastructure. You can install Aliyun Linux 2 on Alibaba Cloud ECS instances for higher performance.

Customer Support Benefits

Unlike other free Linux distributions in Alibaba Cloud Marketplace, Aliyun Linux 2 is developed based on the latest Linux kernel. Aliyun Linux 2 users can get technical support and services through our ticket system, forum, or GitHub. All these services are free of charge.

Ecosystem Benefits

Aliyun Linux 2 continuously adopts technological innovations from open-source communities, such as the Linux 4.19 kernel, to benefit its users. A high-standard quality control system is also introduced to manage Linux distributions and contribute to the open-source communities. Aliyun Linux 2 is devoted to leveraging achievements from the Alibaba Cloud open-source ecosystem to enrich the open-source software ecosystem.

What's Next?

So what's next with Aliyun Linux2? Well Alibaba Cloud is one of the leading Cloud providers in the world and their Linux offerings will serve the Cloud infrastructure more promptly. In today's world, Linux is being used not just for Operating System needs, now it is for Big Data, Automation, Containerization, and much more. Additionally, Aliyun Linux 2 supports the standard cloud-native container ecosystem. Containers will be having your enterprise apps running inside it, will through some light on this with the updates on Alibaba Cloud.

The views expressed herein are for reference only and don't necessarily represent the official views of Alibaba Cloud.

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