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A Virtual Private Server is created by partitioning the physical server into multiple mini servers, made possible by the technology of Server Virtualization. The term Virtual Server is widely used by Internet hosting services and it is often used to refer a Virtual Machine. A Virtual Private Server VPS works in a federated environment used by other virtual machines. But in all aspects the functionality is equivalent to that of an environment created by a physical computer dedicated to individual customer needs. It offers the same privacy, which is seen in separate physical computer environment, configured to run server software. Virtual Private Servers are also known with the synonyms Virtual Root Server VRS and Virtual Dedicated Server VDS.
Ubuntu is one of the top OS picks for web servers on the planet. The open-source nature of Ubuntu lends itself to be a perfect tool for users that want a flexible and stable environment. This OS is ideal for any online project that demands high security and a customizable stack. Being the 3rd most common OS Ubuntu naturally boasts about a massive community. You can be sure, that whatever issues you may run into, there will be no shortage of help online!
If you'd like to run a VPS, I'd suggest you to look for a managed one with cPanel. cPanel is a piece of software that facilitates a lot configuring the server, while managed means that the support guys will help you with initial configuration of the server, and also help you out with config/upgrades whenever you need help. It's a bit more expensive than non-managed, but if you don't know how to manage/administer a server, than it's essential. You can find a decent managed VPS in USA from 20 $ and up.
A VPS runs its own copy of an operating system (OS), and customers may have superuser-level access to that operating system instance, so they can install almost any software that runs on that OS. For many purposes they are functionally equivalent to a dedicated physical server, and being software-defined, are able to be much more easily created and configured. They are priced much lower than an equivalent physical server. However, as they share the underlying physical hardware with other VPSes, performance may be lower, depending on the workload of any other executing virtual machines.