VPS or Virtual Private Server is a type of web hosting that virtually divides one physical server into different partitions. Subscribers to VPS hosting will still enjoy the security offered by a dedicated server but they would have to physically share a single server. VPS could be compared to a group of servers located inside a server. Each VPS can have their separate operating system and could work without influence from other server. A single VPS account could contain a system and booting a single private server will never affect other servers.
VPS hosting is made possible by the application that controls the different servers. With the introduction of Hyper-V and Windows 2008 VPS hosting providers will now have a much more secure and reliable platform over its predecessor Windows Virtual Server 2007. VS 2007 could not compete with the current offerings by providers such as VMWare but with Windows VPS servers hosted on Hyper-V and windows 2008 customers can expect a must better experience and performance boost from VMWare and the other VM managers on the market today when running the Windows OS.
Advantage of Windows VPS Hosting
Windows VPS hosting has a familiar features an administrator would expect from its creator. Using the familiar windows interface, setting up windows VPS hosting is a breeze. Because of the familiarity of the windows application to different types of hosting, administrators could easily adapt Windows VPS hosting and improve security.
Windows VPS Servers are also useful for companies and individuals that run higher-traffic Web sites, complex applications or require customized environments that cannot be provided in shared hosting but do not wish to have the overhead cost of dedicated hardware along with better control over the security.
Disadvantage of Windows VPS Hosting
Running the Windows OS on a VPS will make you think twice since it will require a considerable amount of resources from the server. But this could be addressed by using the latest version of Windows 2008 Secure Core, A scaled down version of the windows OS but some customers if running large number of applications may require a dedicated server due to the resource requirements of the Windows OS.
Windows VPS Hosting vs. Linux VPS Hosting
Windows VPS Hosting is often compared to Linux VPS Hosting. These two operating systems for VPS hosting has their advantage and disadvantages. Price wise, Linux is the clear winner since it is an open source which means the server host could obtain the software for free.
Windows on the other hand could be costly because of the payment for licenses. The disadvantage of Linux is largely based on the unfamiliar feel of this type of hosting. But when it comes to performance, both are almost the same since they base their performance mostly on their hardware instead of the operating system.
I think you will find Microsoft gaining a considerable lead in the Windows VPS market since they are already catching up in the Web Server usage counts due to the success of the .NET platform that is not available on Linux.
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