Windows and Linux systems provide the primary dividers between the operating functions of virtual server hosting plans. While Windows hosting plans have a great deal of diversity, as they may be based on Exchange or Windows Server, and Linux plans are even more varied, with CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu and other operating systems in the stable, the two overarching platforms are the dividing point between different types of hosting services.
According to a recent report from the Host Review, choosing between a Windows and Linux plan for web hosting services, such as a virtual private server, is a critical decision for any business considering virtual server hosting.
The report said both Windows and Linux platforms are stable, reliable and secure by nature. They have been refined and developed over time into powerful hosting options with differences that are often preferential in nature.
However, program language compatibility is a clear difference between the two platforms. The report said Windows hosting supports most languages that are used to create Microsoft programs and applications, while Linux hosting is based more on languages that favor open source systems.
According to a recent ArticleBase report, a Windows VPS can be easier to manage than a Linux VPS because Windows-based systems are easier to update.