What Is Windows VPS?
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Before we get to know what a windows VPS is, we should get to know what a VPS is.
A VPS stands for Virtual Private Server and is one of the most popular types of hosting services out there. By using virtualization technologies, a dedicated server is divided into separate servers where each server has its own dedicated resources.
Dedicated resources? This means that the fundamental features of a server is not shared among other servers, or any users. So if you will get a VPS, the storage, processor, RAM among other resources will be dedicated for you alone.
It’s basically having your own server but in a virtual space. So a Windows VPS is a virtual private server which runs on a Windows operating system.
Simple enough right? After reading this article you will know what a VPS is, why use a VPS, the pros and cons of a VPS and the alternative solutions of using a Windows VPS.
How a Windows VPS works?
A Windows VPS works by the use of a hypervisor. A hypervisor is a virtualization software which allows the VPS to perform the functions of a bare-metal server in a virtual space.
The above picture depicts exactly how a VPS works. There is a very powerful dedicated server in the datacenter and by using a hypervisor, it’s possible to divide the server resources into different parts. In the above example it’s divided into three equal parts but it’s possible to perform multiple divisions.
Once the resources are divided, an operating system is installed like Windows server OS.
Applications of a Windows VPS
By now we know that a VPS is a remote computer, meaning that anything you can do on a computer, you can do on a VPS. Usually a VPS is used to host websites however there are more applications.
- Hosting a Website
Most common and popular use of a VPS. This is an ideal solution to host your high traffic website as it comes with dedicated resources for your website when compared to shared hosting solutions. You will have full control over the server, so you can install and remove software rather than being stuck with what the host offered.
- Used as a Server
Another possibility is to use the VPS as a server, meaning you can host files and other types of media. Anything that works on a server, can also be implemented on a VPS.
- Hosting game servers
Yes. A VPS can be used to run your very own game server! Time to start creating your Minecraft server right now.
- Testing new environments
Dedicated hosting is expensive and therefore if you want to test some applications, virtual servers are the perfect testing ground. From server testing to security tests, anything can be done via a VPS.
- Seeding torrents
You can use a VPS for torrenting and for seeding. This will save a lot of your home bandwidth but keep your seeds running 24/7.
- Private backups
Renting a VPS for the sole purpose of backing up data is an expensive endeavor because storing them on a cloud is cheaper. However if your already using a VPS and there’s leftover space, then use it as a file storage.
Advantages of using a Windows VPS
Let’s boil down the advantages of using a Windows VPS
- Cost-effective compared to dedicated servers
- Enables the VPS to shutdown, boot, reboot independently and quickly
- Safety from virus attacks
- Windows VPS can be completely personalized to meet your needs
- No more drain of resources from ‘neighbors’ compared to shared hosting
Disadvantages of using a Windows VPS
- Require more system resources unlike UNIX systems
- Needs rebooting more frequently
- Applications are not open sourced, so it might be a bit expensive
Why a Windows VPS
A windows VPS is a better solution due to the fact of having dedicated resources. When it comes to shared hosting, the resources are shared among other users. This can result in your site being less responsive if it has high traffic. Even though the cost for a VPS is higher than a shared hosting solution, the benefits outweigh the costs.
Another reason is that, renting a dedicated server itself is expensive and having a VPS is much cheaper. While having the resources of a dedicated server, for a fraction of the cost, seems like a good deal.
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