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What is a Hypervisor VPS (VDS)
Having already read What is a VPS you will have picked up on the fact that Web24 loosely classifies numerous virtualization technologies into two categories. Operating System Level VPS and Hypervisor Based VPS. Each have their own purpose, and understanding the differences will help you to make a better decision on what choice of server suits your needs best. If you're anxious to get your server online, just jump to the Hypervisor Comparison Page where we will give you some easy to follow recommendations on how to choose the best solution....
What is Hypervisor Virtualization?
A Hypervisor VPS uses true virtualization where each guest virtual machine or VPS is presented with its own set of virtualized hardware, as opposed to OS Level Virtualization where a VPS is using the underlying OS, kernel, hardware, drivers etc. A Hypervisor VPS runs in its own fully virtualized environment and has no dependency on underlying software.
So what does all this mean?
Full virtualization technologies provide a hypervisor, or virtual machine monitor (VMM) that runs on bare metal hardware. It is the hypervisors job to present a virtual operating platform (CPU's, RAM, Disks etc) to the VPS and to provide resource allocations and scheduling between guests. The use of a hypervisor ensures that the resources assigned to your VPS can only be used by your VPS, thereby guaranteeing you consistent performance in a fully virtualized environment.
When to use a Hypervisor VPS
When not to use a Hypervisor VPS