Linux vs. Windows VPS

When it’s time for you to get a virtual private server (VPS), you’ll have to decide between a Linux VPS and a Windows VPS. There are a number of benefits and perks with either one of the operating systems, so knowing what you require is the first step in deciding between the two. Although Linux is the more popular one of the two operating systems, some applications do require that you have a Windows VPS hosting service.

What Makes Linux and Windows VPS the Similar?

Regardless of the operating system that runs on your server, both Linux and Windows will work the same way. Your entire server would be divided into partitions to allow different users to have access to server resources, such as space, bandwidth and dedicated memory. Both operating systems allow administrators to create slices in order to run applications individually, without affecting other partitions. You will also have access to tradition options such as domain add-ons, emails, databases, PHP-support and more.

As mentioned before, there are certain applications that can only be run on a Windows powered server and likewise for Linux based servers. A few of the most common Windows only applications include the following,

  • Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SharePoint
  • ASP.NET, ASP Classic, C#
  • Microsoft Access (MS Access)
  • Microsoft SQL Server (MSSQL)
  • Visual Basic Development

Perks of Using a Windows VPS

If you are just starting to use virtual private servers for your website or business, you will often times find the Windows user-interface much easier to understand and use. The graphical interface is what makes the navigations seamless and effortless to use. A Windows powered VPS hosting service will allow you to host applications that need ASP.NET or ASP to run. This is something that Linux servers will not be able to help you with. Another great feature that Windows brings to its users is the Remote Desktop feature which allows you to access your user-interface from any computer in the world. Additionally, a Windows VPS will support a range of Microsoft server applications including MS Access, MSSQL, Exchange and SharePoint.

Perks of Using a Linux VPS

Linux is by far the most popular operating system used for web servers and one of the primary reasons is cost. It is also cost efficient for hosting companies to use Linux powered servers to offer hosting rather than having Windows servers. Unlike Windows applications, most of the Linux applications are either free or cost very little. Licensing fees can be quite high for Windows servers, but that is not the case with Linux servers. With a broader variety of applications and a larger group of supporters for Linux, you’ll have better online support for technical issues.

Case sensitivity is another difference between the two operating systems. On Linux systems, all files are case sensitive, so vpshosting.html and VPSHosting.html are recognized as two different pages. However, on a Windows server both those pages will be considered as one. We can’t really say that a Linux VPS is more secure than a Windows VPS, as they are equally secure. The level of security comes down to how the server is setup, the variety of applications that are running on it and whether or not everything is up-to-date.

When deciding between a Linux and Windows VPS, you want to first think about your requirements, including the applications you will be running on it. If your website will require ASP, you will definitely need a Windows VPS. It’s never fun switching hosts, so make sure you make the right decision the first time.

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