Should I use Linux VPS or Windows VPS

Windows VPS and Linux VPS service with different operating systems, which have their pros and cons. Which one to choose according to your needs? This question is always asked by users who are simply choosing their hosting option. Let’s talk about it to make your decision easier. And first, let’s briefly talk about what a VPS is.

A virtual private server is analogous to a real server. A powerful physical server is divided into limited parts, each provided through virtualization options to a separate owner. Each part is called VPS. Each part has its own resources – power, RAM and operating system. Each VPS is completely isolated from other parties. Providers offer virtual servers with Linux and Windows. The disk space tenant only has to choose the best option.

Briefly about the different operating systems on virtual private servers

Briefly about Windows VPS:

  • The operating system belongs to Microsoft. To use any version, you must purchase a license.
  • Windows Server is a closed-source operating system. The most widely used system for personal computers.
  • Supports ASP.net for websites.
  • The company offers both the PC version and the server version.

Briefly about Linux VPS:

  • What makes Linux different is the open-source code.
  • The operating system is offered free of charge.
  • Linux has many distributions. They are easy to install and easy to update.
  • Many experts call Linux the most stable and secure operating system.
  • More and more websites are running on Linux servers.
  • The SSH remote management protocol is used to work with Linux VPS.
  • Ubuntu VPS is a virtual server with the most famous server system based on Linux kernel.

What is the best choice: Linux or Windows for VPS?

Before finally choosing the best option, you should analyze the purposes for which you are renting a VPS. Is security important in your case or is it secondary? Is there a limited budget for hosting services or price does not matter. Consider operating systems according to certain criteria.

Security

If you are renting a virtual private server for a small project, blog, news or entertainment website, the level of security offered by Windows may be sufficient. For corporate and commercial projects, it is better to choose Linux, which confidently leads by the “security” parameter. Of course, each OS has its weaknesses and additional security measures will be needed to maximize the protection of sensitive data. However, Linux VPS is considered more secure than servers with any other operating system. In addition, developers offer a lot of antivirus software for Linux.

Structure of the website

Developers often choose to write websites in PHP and ASP.net. For a website written in PHP, the recommended choice is Linux VPS. For websites written in the ASP.net programming language, it is recommended to choose Windows Server. Linux VPS shows great compatibility with the well-known and popular cPanel control panel. For Windows Server is offered the no less famous Plesk control panel.

Paid or free operating system, open or closed source

Users who choose Windows will have to pay for any version of the operating system. Licenses are quite expensive. Linux Server, on the other hand, offers many free distributions – Ubuntu, CentOS and Debian.

As for the code variant, if you want to customize the operating system, give preference to one of the open source Linux distributions. Windows is closed source, so those who choose this option will have to settle for basic customization.

Stability

Stability is one of the most important criteria for a website and a server in general. In a professional environment, VPS Linux is called more stable. And the operating system itself is the most reliable. Statistics and profile studies confirm that the Windows operating system will periodically need to be reinstalled. When it comes to failure rates, Windows Server operating system has a much higher failure rate than Linux Server operating system.

This is explained by the open source operating system, which allows you to modify the kernel not only for specific needs, but also when even a small error is detected. Linux experts fix “corrupt” kernel codes at the slightest failure. In Windows Server (except Microsoft experts), no one can detect code bugs, because the operating system has a closed source code. Simply put, you have a choice to trust the Microsoft programmers or the global programming community.

Linux or Windows server: which is better to control the server

A virtual private server is a type of hosting that can be managed remotely from anywhere in the world. A Linux VPS uses an SSH connection for management and control. This protocol is used to connect to the server.

Microsoft offers a remote desktop protocol to connect to a Windows virtual private server, which opens a convenient graphical interface after connection. In this regard, Linux, according to many experts, is inferior to Windows. Even if it’s a matter of habit.

The price as one of the important parameters

For those who are used to counting and considering all the costs, we remind you that you must pay for a Windows license (for any version of the operating system). Almost all Linux distributions can be used for free. Of course, most good VPS providers don’t require tenants to pay extra for a Windows license. However, its cost may be included in the “hidden charges”. Therefore, it is necessary to consider this factor when choosing your operating system for the virtual private server.

instead of a conclusion

We recommend that you verify each of these facts, if possible. If not, you can discuss it with experts. The answers to the questions asked will help to choose which is better in a particular case, Linux or Windows VPS. Again, each has their own strengths and weaknesses. But some of them may be critical for a particular project, while others are not so important.

(Devdiscourse journalists were not involved in the production of this article. The facts and opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of Devdiscourse and Devdiscourse claims no responsibility for them.)

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