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What is the difference between Windows cloud server and Linux cloud server? Which should I choose?

Release Date: 2022-11-11

If you run a fast-growing start-up and the performance of shared hosting is no longer adequate, a cloud server is usually the best hosting alternative. It provides dedicated storage, RAM, and CPU resources to make web hosting more reliable, controllable, and scalable. You can select different operating systems on a cloud server based on your requirements. Windows and Linux are the two most popular operating systems. Let us explain their differences and choose which operating system is best for you.

The main difference between Linux cloud hosting and Windows cloud hosting

Windows Cloud Server: Use Windows as the server operating system, and rely on Microsoft solutions for database and website management tools.
Linux cloud server: Use Linux as the server operating system, and rely on open-source database platforms and web development tools.
Linux hosting is more popular than Windows hosting among small businesses. Statistics show that the two operating systems are roughly equally used in web hosting, each serving about 30% of all websites.

Businesses that use Windows hosting are typically large corporations with substantial IT budgets and teams of engineers dedicated to running their websites. Most small and medium-sized businesses choose Linux hosting solutions because of their low cost and ease of use.
Scalability is one of the benefits of cloud servers. We can assist you in selecting the best cloud hosting operating system by weighing the cost, flexibility, and security of the two operating systems.


Windows Cloud Server: Windows is an expensive operating system to license.
Because Linux is open-source software, it is less expensive than a Windows cloud server. Open-source software enables a user community to research, modify, and distribute software for anyone for any purpose. The open-source software distribution model typically charges resellers and end users a small fee.


Windows Cloud Server: You won’t miss out on any web server features with Windows, but your CMS and tool options will be severely limited. You must learn to appreciate Microsoft technologies such as ASP, NET, and Microsoft SQL Server.
Linux cloud server is more flexible than Windows cloud server because Linux makes it easier and cheaper to expand processing resources. Linux also provides more choices of CMS and site administration solutions.
Linux cloud server is the best option if you want to quickly alter server resources, freely choose the CMS and tools that best suit your needs, and avoid being tied to a specific company’s software.


Every website owner’s prime concern is security. It is critical to protect user data and defend against hackers. Varidata offers multiple layers of DDoS protection for websites, including the application layer, network layer, and so on, providing a comprehensive defense solution. Furthermore, the security of the website is also inseparable from the choice of the operating system.
Windows cloud server: Windows is the most frequently attacked operating system, and most hackers are more focused on finding security flaws in Windows systems.
Linux cloud server: Unlike Windows, Linux is not a primary target of hacker attacks. At the same time, it has a strong security level.

Remote Desktop Access

Windows Cloud Server: Windows servers provide a remote desktop with a graphical user interface (GUI) that makes server management easier. Remote Desktop provides server administrators with the ability to access the network and accomplish tasks from anywhere.
Linux Cloud Server: Remote desktop is not included with Linux cloud.

Scripting Framework

Frameworks for Windows, such as ASP.Net and its predecessor ASP, are easier to download and manage, and offer more reliable support than Linux scripting frameworks. However, web pages and scripts developed with Microsoft frameworks are typically only available on Windows servers.

Varidata provides a variety of cloud-hosting operating systems for you to choose from

Varidata’s cloud hosting provides a number of leading operating systems in the world, including Windows systems, as well as different Linux systems such as CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Rockey Linux, AlmaLinux, and OpenSUSE brands, giving customers a wide range of options.

Other advantages of choosing Varidata cloud hosting

Global network capacity: Varidata partners with more than 20 network providers worldwide, and total global network access exceeds 5Tbps, providing extremely high network redundancy configuration.
Network stability: Varidata physical servers provide multi-line BGP hybrid bandwidth. It provides 10Mbps of direct China bandwidth and 100Mbps-10Gbps of international bandwidth by default; intelligently switches to the fastest network route.
Security: Varidata provides SSH security key login, which is a more secure approach to log in to the server and is less vulnerable to hacker attacks, resulting in higher security.
Out-of-the-box: Varidata cloud hosting can be deployed in less than 5 minutes and is ready to use.
Free trial: Varidata offers a 3-day free trial. You can cancel the service at any time during the trial period without incurring any fees.

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