Already there on some Gen9 servers, now you will get ClearOS as well on the Gen10 MicroServer, and as an option on all other Proliant servers. ClearOS? Well it didn’t ring a bell for me either. Time for some research!

ClearOS is an affordable and reliable CentOS based Linux operating system, ideal for small and medium businesses with an easy to use web-based user interface and an application marketplace filled with 100+ essential applications such as file/print, web, mail, media, firewall, anti-virus/anti-spam, content filtering, remote backup and more.
ClearOS has been shipping for the past 7 years, has over 400,000 global deployments, is translated in over 80 languages, and is available in over 150 countries. Given its maturity and tie to CentOS, ClearOS is a reliable and dependable operating system.

Linux? Really? Well I prefer to use a GUI honestly. I’m not into CLI…

ClearOS has a web-based user interface which means you can access your server from anywhere, anytime from a web browser. Navigating ClearOS is as simple as navigating a web page.

And there is a MarketPlace where you can find most popular applications to run the services you want or need. Again, appstore experience, no Linux expertise needed whatsoever. Even I was able to install a file server with Active Directory integration in less than 15 minutes on a Linux platform… Impressive.


But I want to use it in my company, so I need support? So I need to become a Linux expert? And it is enterprise ready anyway?

ClearOS, ClearOS updates, and more than 85+ applications are free. Tested and qualified patches and fixes, a few paid apps, and support is available with a per server subscription.  Applications and support incidents may be purchased individually.

ClearOS seamlessly integrates with Microsoft Active Directory via the Microsoft Active Directory Sync app or ClearOS can be set up as its own directory server. Many SMB’s are also using ClearOS as a multi-function server (all-in-one) to handle most of all the needs of small and medium businesses and remote branch offices.

Many others are using ClearOS as well for the reliable gateway and networking apps (firewall, intrusion detection and prevention, content filtration) replacing expensive to own and operate name brand gateway and network systems.


Which version to take?

All editions include 75+ open source features, upstream source code updates, webconfig remote management, upstream security fixes and automatic updates.

Up to you which level of support you want… You want to replace your Synology or Qnap, then the community or home edition can do the job for sure, you want to run enterprise stuff like web and network services on it, I might go for the business edition…


More information can be found on the HPE and the ClearOS website.

There is also a good video on ClearOS by my good friend Calvin Zito aka HPEstorageguy.

I am planning a Getting Started article as well, coming soon on this website!


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