Windows VPS Use Cases: What can a cheap Windows VPS do for you?
Posted Monday September 4th, 2021 by VPSDime
Windows is one of the most popular operating system used for millions of professionals every day. By using a powerful and cheap Windows VPS, you could enjoy a lot of benefits. They can be used for a variety of purposes whether you are a start-up company owner or a university professor. This article will cover some of those Windows VPS use cases so you can decide if you need one.
A little bit of history.
Microsoft has created a server optimized version of Windows operating system in 1993 and called it Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1. This version was mostly used for small office computers providing computing power with the great user interface Microsoft is famous for. Fast forward 7 years, after a few versions in between, Microsoft has announced Windows Server 2000 and introduced technologies like Active Directory and Group Policy which helped increasing productivity in data center and office environments. However it made its big jump in 2008 with the Microsoft's own virtualization technology called Hyper-V.
What is Hyper-V?
Hyper-V is a microkernel based virtualization hypervisor which is natively integrated with Windows. It was first released as a beta in 2008 for Windows Server 2008 and it is available since then on all Windows server editions.
What is a Windows VPS?
A virtual server that arrives with a version of Windows Server operating system is called a Windows VPS. The best platform for this type of service is to use Hyper-V in order to host the machine on top of one more dedicated servers, as they provide better performance and stability than other technologies like KVM as the operating system running on the host integrates with the operating system running on the VM.
Great for development
With its native support for Microsoft technologies like .NET Framework and Microsoft SQL server, Windows VPS acts as an ideal platform for Microsoft oriented development and testing. It is especially useful for big projects with a huge number of Windows components, when the need to deploy and test in real life conditions arises.
Can be used as a remote office computer
By renting a cheap Windows VPS, you can easily create yourself a remote working computer environment. Simply install the required software and connect to it remotely. This is particularly handy if you are working remotely. Your working environment will be available and running at all times in a data center environment with a fast and stable internet connection. Especially if you are a digital nomad, your files will be safe and protected from hackers and viruses.
A testing bed for Windows updates
If you are running Windows on your projects, it is good practice to keep your Windows installation up-to-date with Windows service packs and Windows updates. However, if you do not have a dedicated computer for this purpose or it does not fit into your budget - renting cheap Windows VPS will provide you with the benefit of testing updates before doing them on your regular environment.
Second computer with Windows
If you are using Linux, MacOS or BSD systems on your day to day operations, you know that some applications and software are only designed for Windows operating system. Purchasing a low-cost Windows VPS will let you run Windows-specific applications on your own computer without the need for emulators.
Windows Web Server (IIS) and Windows Database Server
IIS has been one of the most popular hosting systems for websites and applications that are running .NET based backend. Microsoft SQL server is also a great alternative to Oracle.
As a Backup Server
If you are running a business, it is critical that you have an effective backup solution for all your data files and documents in case of disaster recovery scenarios. Many businesses use Windows servers as their primary back-up servers because of their ease of use.
For Game Servers
Many game developers create their multiplayer games on windows based platforms and use windows server to host them on IIS web server layer. There are many benefits of hosting the game servers on Windows environment rather than Linux.
Windows Server 2019 uses Nano Server installation option by default which creates a very minimalistic headless version of Windows capable of running Docker containers in production grade environments with high density deployments where every MB counts! In this way, windows reduces its attack surface drastically along with resource footprint resulting into much efficient infrastructure compared to Linux counterparts.
As an Automation Tool
Another use case of an economical Windows VPS is the ability to run various automation tools that rely on Windows command line or Powershell extensions. With Windows's amazing GUI, users are always at an advantage for productivity compared to Linux counterparts that are more command line oriented.
For Forex Trading
If you want to operate a completely 24/7 online stock trading business, a Windows VPS is the way to go. You will never have internet difficulties, hardware failure, power outages, or other problems like that when you use a VPS. Anyone can easily install a Forex trading software like MetaTrader and enjoy the benefits of having a stable connection to the trade centers of the world.
For Running SEO Tools
Most SEO tools such as GSA, and Scrape box are built for Windows operating system. With an easily deployable cheap VPS, your SEO tool business will be running smoothly.
As you can see, Windows VPS has a lot of use cases and we have listed only a few. Microsoft has definitely created a great product with a lot of innovative technologies tied with it. VPSDime offers the best bang for your buck for your Windows VPS needs. Check our Windows VPS product line page to compare our plans and purchase one today.
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