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Can someone please tell me whats the difference between VPS and VM? Does software detects each VM as a separate computer and VPS as 1 (even if it has 10 instance?)

  • Profile picture of the author windfinder
    A VPS is a VM.

    The distiction is usually that a VPS is hosted somewhere else and a VM on your own computer.
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    • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
      Originally Posted by windfinder View Post

      A VPS is a VM.

      The distiction is usually that a VPS is hosted somewhere else and a VM on your own computer.
      That's not really a useful distinction, or one that's good for defining either of the terms.

      I have VMs on VPSs and I have VPSs running at home (not "somewhere else"). I even have VPSs running as VMs inside of other VPSs which are in fact VMs themselves.

      OP, just go right here and skim this Virtual machine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

      then take note of this part Virtual machine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

      A VPS (virtual private server) is a type of VM (virtual machine).


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  • Profile picture of the author rainso0
    Calling all VPS customers to take the VM challenge. If you’re currently using VPS (or in the market for one), you should consider choosing a VM instead. A VM is a virtual machine running on VMware vSphere 4.1. Compared to VPS (virtual private server running on Parallels or Xen), it has many advantages. vSphere is THE enterprise choice for virtualization, as evidenced by its adoption by 95% of the Fortune 1000 companies. It offers the most robust platform for virtual hosting, and you will absolutely love its performance. vSphere requires higher-end hardware on which to run. Winky offers VMs delivered over our state-of-the-art infrastructure housed inside One Wilshire Data Center. We are located at the Internet core, with impressive ping times.

    If you are an existing VMware Workstation or Fusion user, you can upload your VM to Winky and seize the benefits of computing on Winky’s secure cloud. vSphere has a larger downloadable appliance community than Xen. So if you need a creative solution to meet a requirement, you can take advantage of the many appliances that are available for VMs. Furthermore, most VPS providers typically use locally attached hard drives which leads to contention for resources. With Winky, your data storage is delivered via Fibre Channel SAN
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  • Profile picture of the author JannuBl22t
    VPS = Virtual Private Server
    VM = Virtual Machine

    They are basically the same
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  • Profile picture of the author Codez
    VPS is the cheaper option.
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  • Profile picture of the author DavidWincent
    There is no big difference between VM (Virtual Machine) and VPS (Virtual Private Server). They are similar. VM provides platform for building internal cloud infrastructures and federating to external clouds. VM is used on your own machine while VPS is hosted on some other machine.

    In VPS all domains can share common resources like RAM and CPU. VPS Hosting service is when one's Web site is placed on the same windows server as many other sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author James90210
    A VPS is a VM.

    Your get your own server, where you can install your own software and configure it the way you want. But it is not running as a single computer. The server software is running together with a load of other servers on one big machine.

    The advantage for you is cheaper hosting, while still having your own server environment. When your site gets busier, you can buy more memory or more processing power, without having to reload your site onto a new machine.

    I have one and it's great.
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  • Profile picture of the author casius
    Heh, VM or VPS is actually the same thing. Like for example you can have your virtual machine based on the cloud platform or you can have those two names in the ordinary virtualization solutions. It is all the same.
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    • Profile picture of the author tinyraysite
      In fact, they mean different things; one for virtual server and the other for virtual OS. For example, Java VM sets up a virtual OS so that you can run java on different real OS/platforms. Note that a VPS could not help to run java program but a java VM installed on that VPS does.
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  • Profile picture of the author ezkl
    VPS is to VM as "Florida Orange" is to fruit.
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelcook2003
    VPS stand for Virtual Private Servers meanwhile VM is used for Virtual Machines or Virtual Dedicated Servers. Each offer something different: Virtual private server (VPS) is a term used by internet hosting services to refer to a virtual machine; A virtual machine is a software implementation of a machine that executes programs like a physical machine.
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  • Profile picture of the author wordcatcher
    VPN stands for virtual private network, meanwhile VPS stand for Virtual Private Server. VPN allows you to access your desktop remotely. VPS is a slice of a webserver with your own instance of OS, CPU, memory.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jamie Lin
    This term confuses many people, but in general VPS is hosted on a server and VM is hosted on your own computer. VM is not always expensive, try virtualbox.org it is free to use.
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  • Profile picture of the author Earnie Boyd
    The common word "virtual" comes into play. In computer speak this actually means pretending to be something else. So a virtual private server is pretending to be a private server which in reality means you get a slice of the actual server which is shared with other virtual private server slices. A virtual machine is more encompassing, you can have a virtual machine on a Windows OS that operates as a Linux OS and is virtually undetectable as being actually present on the Windows OS and vice versa. You can have a virtual machine that is a differing version of the same OS so that you can test the strengths and weaknesses of the versions. A virtual machine can also act as a VPS which has been pointed out and many major businesses are deploying individual Linux servers in this manner. I hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author BlackWar
    Almost same..
    Virtual Private Server & Virtual Machine..
    First one cheaper than 2nd one..
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  • Profile picture of the author kaja292
    As i know

    VPS = Virtual Private Server
    VM = Virtual Machine
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  • Profile picture of the author sharonhurley
    The concept behind server virtualization is a specific example of the same concepts that led to the development of time-sharing and multiprogramming. Generally, client users tend to ask for computer resources in a "bursty" fashion, demanding fast-as-possible response to requests, but then entering long periods of no activity while they examine the results.
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  • Profile picture of the author Oka bRionZ
    Hello... I just finding an old thread, and I want to save my opinion for future here.

    VPS= Virtual Private Server and it was a child of Dedicated Server and Dedicated Server is born from a Collocation Server on a Data Center. If You have a dedicated server, then You can make a VPS. And VM is shorten from "Virtual Machine", From the words I cannot separate the VPS and VM as deference thing because it was same point but on function and defernt on uses. The VM is more flexible mean, a company who sell VM services/ products can selling VPS, but If a Company named with VPS it will not seen as VM Seller. I know my english language is bad, but I hope it can be useful later.
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