Virtualization Platforms — 03 December 2010
Virtualization Options: Hyper-V VPS vs. Virtuozzo VPS

Hyper-V VPS vs. Virtuozzo VPSThe two major competitors in the world of the virtual private server are the Hyper-V VPS server, produced by Microsoft, and the

The Hyper-V VPS, being produced by Microsoft, has definite advantages when running with a website using ASP or ASP.net technology, or a system with components also produced by Microsoft. Microsoft is great at making convenient, plug and play applications which do not require as much technical expertise to operate, and the Hyper-V VPS is no exception. However, the user gives up the ability to customize. Also, the support is built in to the cost, making the Hyper-V more expensive. The platform is not as stable online: Because the Hyper is beholden to the Microsoft operating system, it does not allow itself to customize when running different online applications.

If you have a little more expertise, the less expensive Virtuozzo VPS is your choice. Definitely choose the Virtuozzo if running a Linux system, or any system that is not Microsoft centered. The user gains customization features and better web performance. Because the VPS is not beholden to Microsoft, the program creates a virtual operating system when running programs, instead of just a virtual hardware system, allowing for much better web performance. One caveat: The Virtuozzo VPS creates virtual RAM with the virtual operating system, so users must make sure they have enough actual RAM or the program will hiccup.

Bottom line: The Hyper-V is meant for quick, low maintanence, routine day to day use. The Virtuozzo is best for more varied functions, including online use. To choose the best product, first evaluate your current needs.

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