The easiest and the best way to explain VPS hosting is to think of it as a server within a larger server. VPS hosting allows a user to host on a more powerful hardware on a virtual server.
Understanding VPS hosting
Windows VPS hosting can be understood as a website living in one isolated room having enough resources to survive. A machine can be thought of to be composed of a number of virtual compartments. Each one of them has server software set up, and thus each unit is functionally independent. In VPS hosting your website would be hosted up in the virtual compartment that is assigned to you, though other websites would be hosted on the same physical system too. Those websites would not affect the performance of your website. This also means that you pay only for system resources that you use.
VPS vs. Shared Hosting
There is a difference between VPS hosting and shared hosting, in the context as to how these two share server resources. Each VPS slice gets dedicated server resources (like the CPU power and RAM), unlike shared hosting. The same thing can be understood in a real life context. Shared hosting is like renting out an apartment. The apartment is owned by a landlord who owns the entire space as well as the assets. The landlord is the one who leases out the communal assets like the parking lot, work-out facility, pool etc (analogous to RAM, CPU, disk space etc.). The residents have to share the resources.
On the contrary Windows VPS hosting is more like the condo or set-up wherein you actually own the space. You do share assets that are communal – but you have actual claims to some portions of them. This also implies that unlike the rented apartment (shared hosting); you are the one who takes the responsibility of maintaining the interiors and also can make modifications and repairs.
Choosing The Right Windows VPS Hosting?
As one looks out for choices, one should keep in mind a certain number of considerations. These are as follows:
Type of VPS Environment
You need to make a choice as to what type of VPS environment you would be using: Linux or windows. Regardless of comfort levels and wants, you would need to use a windows environment if your site is running on ASP or ASP.net
In a shared hosting scenario, one does not have access to the server, so there is no question of server management. But when one is using Windows VPS hosting then the whole virtual server is at your disposal. So there has to be somebody who takes care of the server and monitors its performance. If server management is taken care of by your Windows VPS service provider then it is known as managed VPS otherwise it is unman-aged VPS.
Redundancy and Scalability
Redundancy is all about having a back up resource well in place, at the data-center. So if the power supply fails then a backup resource should be in place. If one of the servers is overloaded then a standby should be in place. Scalability implies that the server should be able to handle increased loads, by making use of redundant resources available.
All this translates into a consistent performance and one should be able to host websites without any problems.
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