Introduction – Windows VPS HostingHistory of Windows Operating system
“WINDOWS” is the name of the operating system suite from Software giant Microsoft. It was originally designed in the early ‘80s as a graphical user interface for, back then, Microsoft operating system MS-DOS.
Windows started gaining success with Windows 3.0 which was released in 1990 and was the first Microsoft operating system implementing a virtual memory system and an enhanced multitasking environment.
Some of the user (PC) and server class successors are Windows 3.1, Windows NT, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008/2013 and Windows 7 and 8.
Operating system virtualization
Operating system virtualization is a set of technologies that allows the creation of one or multiple virtual machines that act as a real computer, server or network device on the same physical hardware. Server operating system virtualization creates Virtual Private Servers (VPS) and it is the core object in cloud solutions today.
While VPS are virtual machines running on virtualized hardware, there is another key component that manages virtual machines, the virtual hardware, virtual Input/Output systems and all other virtualized resources: the hypervisor.
A hypervisor is a the software that runs on the Bare Metal Machine and uses physical resources as underlying objects for virtualized resources, creates, manages virtual machines. The computer hardware (server) on which hypervisors run is referred to as host while the virtual machines (VPS) are referred to as guests. A hypervisor can be hardware (implemented in hardware chip) or software hypervisors.
The market is dominated by software hypervisors which are type 1 – Native or Bare Metal Hypervisors and type 2 – hosted hypervisors.
Native or Bare Metal Hypervisors run and control directly the hardware and guest operating systems (VPS) run as processes inside the hypervisors. Few examples are: XENServer, Vmware ESX/ESXi, Hyper-V.
Hosted hypervisors run as user applications installed on operating system supporting them. They run as processes inside the operating systems and they do not manage the physical hardware directly, but the drivers of the operating system hosting these hypervisors. Few examples of hosted hypervisors are: Vmware Fusion, Vmware Workstation, Oracle VirtualBox, Parallels Desktop, Linux KVM, FreeBSD bhyve – the last two can also be classified also as bare metal hypervisors as they run as kernel modules of the operating system that runs on bare metal hardware.
Windows virtual private systems (VPS)
First Windows release that was virtualized in large scale is Windows XP followed by Windows Vista, Windows server and Windows 7.
Windows as virtual private server (VPS) is supported by both native and hosted hypervisors and in almost all cases a suite of utilities is required to be installed on the Windows VPS in order to enhance it’s performance as a guest operating system.
Windows VPS hosting – requirements
As a Windows VPS hosting provider, we require that genuine Windows software is installed in each VPS so licenses are not provided with the hosting service.
VPSie Windows VPS features
Versions of guest Windows OS hosting that VPSie offers are Windows Server 2012 R2 VPS and Windows Server 2008 VPS. Both require a minimum disk of 20GB (starting at 20$ – See https://vpsie.com/pricing/).
While we are committed to deliver the best Windows VPS experience, we understand that every business is unique and so must be every solution. If you require a custom Windows VPS system based on a version of Microsoft Windows that is not in our portfolio, please don’t hesitate to write or open a live chat session. See our contact page for more details on how to reach us: https://vpsie.com/contact/.
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