Not every application can be hosted on Linux, or not everyone likes or comfortable with it.
There could be various reasons to use Windows servers instead of UNIX.
- Application compatibility
- Legacy application
- Windows-based application
- Jump server
- Just need to perform application or site testing
What’s your requirement?
Let’s explore what the options we have are…
1. Google Cloud Platform
Did you know you can provision Windows server in Google cloud platform (GCP)?
As I write, I can see multiple versions options available – 2008, 2012, 2016
Some of the benefits of having Windows servers in GCP are:
- Low latency network
- Pay for what you use, no early commitment
- Secure network, leverage inbuilt firewall to configure who can connect
- Scale up or down based on the needs
- Multiple data center locations in Asia, Europe, North America, South America
Pricing is based on size, and you can get an idea from their calculator.
One of the cheapest options to get Windows server is by Vultr.
You can get it started in less than $30 per month with Windows 2012 R2 or 2016.
Vultr servers are built on Intel core CPU and got multiple locations worldwide. There is no long-term contract.
With the inbuilt rich control panel, you can perform administrative tasks such as reboot, re-install and change OS properties.
Take advantage of the AWS ecosystem. Leading cloud platform, AWS offers EC2 for Windows servers.
AWS is scalable and offers varieties of server types to host from small to intensive resources Microsoft applications like SQL Server, Sharepoint, Exchange, etc.
Another significant advantage is locations, with large number of data center you can host your applications near to your targetted users for better user experience.
Note: if you just need a Windows desktop for testing then you may look into Amazon Workspaces. Workspaces are DaaS (desktop-as-a-service) which runs on AWS, and you can connect from anywhere.
4. Alibaba Cloud
Alibaba is not just in retail; it’s everywhere including cloud platform.
One of the distinct advantages of Alibaba cloud is the China data center. They offer SSD backed cloud server in 12 regions including the following China locations.
- Hong Kong
You can get the lower size of Windows VM in as less as $10 per month.
5. Host 1 Plus
Scalable windows server in the cloud by Host1Plus offer built-in RDP client and available in four locations.
- South Africa
Some of the features are:
- Flexible scaling
- Automatic or manual backup
- Powerful API
- Custom ISO
- DNS management
- Live resources usage metrics
- IPv6 support
6. Liquid Web
Liquid Web offer both, managed and unmanaged Windows hosting. One of the reliable cloud hosting providers offers the following under managed VPS.
- Inbuilt backup
- Dedicated IP address
- DDoS attack protection
- One click scale up or down
- 100% network and power uptime SLA
And professional support to fix all the issues.
Not just shared hosting but GoDaddy offer managed Windows hosting as well.
GoDaddy offers unmetered bandwidth, multiple dedicated IP, Plesk included one year FREE SSL certificate, etc.
One of the leading in VPS offering let you host in USA, Germany, and Spain.
1&1 virtual private server pricing starts from $4.99 per month, and some of the features are:
- SSD storage
- Unlimited traffic
- Static IP address
- 100 Mbit/s bandwidth
- Backup included
- Intel Xeon processor
- SSL certificate included
Need a managed Windows VPS in Singapore? Try Exabytes
One of the leading hosting providers in Singapore offers a high-performance server with blazing fast SSD for as low as S$25 per month.
I hope above helps you to choose the Windows hosting provider based on your needs. Most of them offer no-contract or money-back so give a try to see what works best for you.