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.
When we mention Windows VPS we mean a Virtual Private Server that runs the operating system from Microsoft known as Windows Server. There are a number of different versions of Windows server in use today, some using less system resources than others. When we mention Linux VPS we mean any Linux based operating system running on a Virtual Private Server. Since there are far more flavors of Linux than Windows we won't go into too much detail on the different operating systems suffice it to say that the majority of them are free, with the exception of a few enterprise Linux distributions that come bundled with tech support (such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux).
Windows VPS Hosting is easier to use than Linux VPS
A common misconception is that the Windows VPS hosting plans are easier to use by people who have never used Linux or by people who don't know the Linux operating system. That may have been the case back in the late 1990s but these days if you know how to point and click and can fill out an online form you can use a Linux VPS hosting plan. They key thing to look for when selecting a plan is the type of control panel that is offered if any. The control panel is the interface that does all the behind the scenes work for you allowing you to just point and click to set up new websites and control your Virtual server.
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
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