Operating System virtualization refers primarily to Type-2 hypervisors like KVM or platforms like OpenVZ & Virtuozzo that share the Linux kernel (+ drivers) between partitions on the same web server hardware. This form of VPS is common in managed cloud plans where the web hosting company provides a custom web server stack software such as LAMP/LEMP pre-installed on a VM partition. Multiple customers can share a single dedicated or rackmount server with better security, file isolation, database, and programming language extension support than shared hosting provides, as well as having access to a higher level of web server resources when processing scripts like PHP, Python, or Node.js code. Some forms of OS virtualization will also permit Windows, Linux, & BSD to be installed on the same physical hardware.
Some systems administrators will also install Nginx (or Lightspeed / Lighttpd on BSD) as alternative server frameworks to Apache using VPS plans. For example, Nginx, Varnish Cache, & WordPress can be installed on VPS hosting plans to support up to 2x the simultaneous user traffic and pageload speeds for high traffic websites when compared to the most common Apache servers. Hadoop, Tomcat, VPN, & email servers can also be run on VPS plans. Cloud VPS platforms support web and mobile applications at scale by replicating under elastic cloud architecture and can speed up DevOps deployments using snapshots like Bitnami.
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