In 2018, the virtual private server market was valued at $2.6 billion and it is expected to reach $8.3 billion by 2026, with a compound annual growth rate of 16.2 percent.
Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting has become an increasingly popular option because it combines the affordability of shared servers and high reliability of dedicated servers. VPS hosting is differentiated according to the operating system that runs on the server. The two popular VPS variants available in the market include Windows and Linux.
But to choose the right VPS, you need to know how it works and what is the main difference between Windows and Linux VPS hosting.
A virtual private server (VPS) leverages the power of a virtualization software in order to partition physical servers into various virtual servers. Each of the virtual servers has the ability to run its own operating system and applications. The biggest advantage of using a VPS is that it gives you the feel of working on your own dedicated server with your own OS, storage, RAM, CPU resources, and other customization options -- but it costs way less than a dedicated server.
A virtual private server hosting with Windows means the server is run on Windows OS. It is especially useful if you are planning to use Windows applications like Microsoft Active Server Pages or Microsoft Front Page.
A Windows VPS means a virtual private server which is run on the Windows Server. Similarly, a Linux VPS is run on a Linux OS server.
The main difference between Windows VPS and Linux VPS include:
Control Panel: For Windows VPS, Plesk, with a user friendly interface, is used as the main control panel, whereas Linux VPS uses cPanel and Web Host Manager (WHM) for it.
Compatibility: Windows hosting is perfect for Windows specific platforms like ASP.NET, MySQL, MS Access, and VB Development.
Support: With Windows, you get dedicated support through Microsoft, but since Linux in itself is an open source OS, you can only get support through the community forums.
Ease of use: As compared to Linux, Windows has a more intuitive interface.
Though the popularity of Linux VPS hosting is set to increase by 2026, most users that are familiar with Windows still choose to go with Windows VPS hosting because it decreases the overall learning curve.
Windows VPS hosting gives you the flexibility of a virtual server while still maintaining the familiarity of Windows. If your business has already been working on the Windows OS and you need an affordable server for your new website, then Windows virtual private server is the best hosting option