As the virtual private server and cloud server hosting marketplace has expanded, operating platforms such as Windows and Linux have both developed VPS systems that work best within their own framework. In many cases, the performance level of these two systems is comparable, but there are a number of factors that a business must consider before choosing one or the other.
Due to the sheer number of Windows users, Microsoft has taken the time to make their Windows VPS options extremely simple and user-friendly. This means that companies are easily able to log into their virtual private server and make adjustments as necessary with very little in the way of training or technical knowledge. In addition, a Windows VPS will offer access to Microsoft SQL Servers, which can be used to effectively manage resources. It is important to note, however, that Microsoft SQL does require an additional fee if a company wants to have access to all of the features of the program.
Linux virtual private servers, by contrast, are much less expensive to run than Windows VPS servers, but are also for a more tech-savvy business. Text-based commands are required to alter VPS settings, and require a higher degree of knowledge from end-users in order to effectively manage a Linux VPS. Having said that, it is important to note that both Linux and Windows VPS options perform at approximately the same rate and, if being used for website hosting, will perform the same way for any visitor.
As the marketplace trends more toward cloud based VPS options and off-site databases, a company must take the time to consider which operating platform is the right choice for their resource management needs.