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I have been asked to source web space for a client who currently host on a UNIX server. They want there future space to be able to accomodate ASP/Access/SQL databases, but I also be able to cope with some heavy Perl scripts.
The hosting companies I have spoken to have given me mixed reactions - some saying 'no problem' hosting on NT and using Perl scripts, others saying that Perl and NT do not mix.
Wondered if you good people could give me the definative verdict, or offer some suggestions for hosting databases/ASP together with Perl - would Windows 2000 servers suit?
Thanks in advance.
Is it possible to host Access, MS SQL databases and ASP pages effectively on UNIX?
I have been led to believe from various hosting companies that it almost 'compulsory' to use NT.
Sorry if my questions are a bit naive, perhaps you won't mind indulging me one more time.
Just ask specifically "do you have a working copy of perl installed on the server?" and you should be okay (if the answer is yes).
Make sure your client knows the ramifications of using proprietary MS solutions, the dollars start to add up real fast.
So be careful of this. Make sure that they really DO support it, and are happy suporting it, rather than selling you on all the proprietary stuff, MS CFM etc etc etc
I have asked the question 'do you have a current version of Perl running' on the 2 shortlisted NT hosting companies and they have both replied 'yes'.
I am still torn between Unix/Linux (which my Perl developer knows best) or the likely desire of the client to use ASP in the future - notwithstanding the option of ChilliSoft on Unix.
Either way, my decision will be more informed thanks to all of you.
All the best