Windows VPS hosting offers users the ability to have part of a web server for themselves, being cheaper than running your own dedicated server and yet giving you better resources than a virtual hosting account (also commonly referred to as a shared hosting account). A Windows VPS hosting account will typically come with a certain amount of dedicated or guaranteed RAM and a maximum amount of burstable RAM. The burstable RAM is also an important feature since this is your headroom for busy times and when you need to run an application for a short period of time that is memory intensive. , while the guaranteed RAM is the minimum amount you will always have for your windows VPS hosting account for a better explanation of what RAM is CLICK HERE
Your Windows VPS account will also need storage space for your files and websites and this is typically a slice of the total storage available on the server. The advantage of this as opposed to having an entire hard drive is that yours will receive storage space that will most likely be protected by RAID 1 or better. A RAID 1 configuration is when to or more hard drives are mirrored making them redundant and in-case of a drive failure you still have all your data. Best of all the data will still be accessible by the rest of the world. Generally redundant hard drive systems are far more expensive than using just one drive and in many cases this feature alone on a dedicated server will cost as much as your Windows VPS hosting account.
The bandwidth that you are provided with your Windows VPS service plan is usually enough for most website owners. Some of the basic Windows VPS accounts can start at about 50 GB per month and can go as high as 2,000 GB per month (2 TB). One person I know runs over 50 websites on a VPS hosting account that allowes him to use up to 500 GB a month (.5 of a TB) which is a very modest amount by most of today's VPS Hosting plans and he only uses about 37 GB a month and that is a lot of website traffic
To best answer this question we need to look at the system resources and product licenses that a Windows VPS plan needs compared with a Linux VPS plan. First off the operating system for Linux is usually free unless you buy an enterprise version that comes with a service level agreement. Compare that to a version of Windows Server which has a faily expensive license cost associated with it.
Next let us look at system resources. While Linux can be installed with the most basic modules that are required to host websites, Windows Server is an all or nothing operating system, you can't just say I want this part installed but not that (granted there are certain optional components). So the system Ram required to run is more than on Linux and that is why Windows VPS accounts have a little more RAM set aside for it than a Linux VPS account.
RAM is Random Access Memory which is what the web server uses to store the windows server operating system and any other additional programs that you would need to run to serve web pages across the Internet.
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