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Windows VPS server vs Linux VPS server

In this article, we are going to compare Windows VPS server and Linux VPS server, What is difference of Windows server & Linux server.

14 Dec, 21 by Sophia H 4 min Read

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So you have decided that you need a Virtual Private Server. The next step is to choose the operating system you want to run on it. There are two main choices available: Windows Server or Linux. Of course, when you dive into the Linux server, there are multiple different distributions you can choose from such as Debian, RHEL, Ubuntu, etc., however, they all run on the same kernel (i.e. Unix). Of course, if you are a Windows Home user, the Windows Server interface will be more familiar and probably easier to manage. 

Despite all this, most server users still go for Linux, thanks to it being open-source and having more direct control over the system with the help of a more effective command-line interface.

Virtual Private Server (i.e. VPS) are created by dividing a single powerful server into multiple virtual servers with individually dedicated resources. The operating system of the Linux VPS is one of the Linux distributions (e.g. Debian, CentOS, Ubuntu, etc.), meanwhile, the Windows VPS’s operating system is one of the Windows Server versions (e.g. Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2016, etc.).

If you wish to learn more about VPS and its uses, check out this extensive blog on What is VPS.

Now, let us compare the two kinds of VPS.

1. Costs

The cost of a Linux VPS is significantly lower than that of a Windows VPS. This is due to the fact that Linux is free, open-source software, while Windows requires the purchase of a license.

2. Compatibility

Linux is ideal for open source software such as PHP/Perl, ROR, Java, Python, SSH, CGI, FrontPage Extensions, etc. Windows is perfect for Windows-specific applications like ASP Classic, ASP.net, MySQL, C#, VB Development, MS Access, etc. If you wish to get a VPS for the purposes of hosting a site, then if your site’s language is not ASP, Linux will almost always be a more suitable option.

3. Security

Linux has made tremendous progress in the web hosting security field when compared to Windows. With more professional and user-friendly control panels available on Linux distributions (e.g. cPanel, DirectAdmin, etc.), it can be said that Linux VPS has the edge over Windows VPS when referring to security.

Here are two ultimate blog posts about windows and Linux VPS security.

4. Ease of use

A command-line interface is used when working with Linux (of course, it's possible to install a graphical environment) but Windows has an intuitive GUI (i.e. Graphical User Interface).

 Here we have listed these two articles that will help you how to connect to VPS and work smoothly.

5. Performance

In general, a Linux VPS will consume less RAM than a Windows VPS, as in most usage case scenarios, a command-line interface is used, while the Windows VPS uses a complex graphical environment. Linux is also widely considered to be more stable than Windows in the web hosting industry. A Windows VPS can be quite resourced hungry if not optimized properly.

We hope that this comparison between Windows VPS and Linux VPS helps you to decide which VPS you need to use to complete your task. Let us know, what would you like to choose? You can buy your Windows VPS from here and the Linux VPS server you buy from here.

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Sophia H

My name is Sophia H. My degree is MS in Information Technology Engineering. I have been working for 5 years on Java developing (j2ee), Computer Networking (Optical Networks), Virtualization and Hosting.