We often hear about VPS(Virtual Private Servers) and VM(Virtual Machine), is there any difference between them, or mean the same?

  • I would say that VPS implies that the VM comes preconfigured in some way. So a VPS is arguably a VM intended to be used as a server and setup for that purpose ahead of time. – Anaksunaman Aug 14 '19 at 10:06

Your question is probably about full system level virtualization:

The term "Virtual Machine" is generally used to describe a technology, while the term "Virtual Private Server" (or "virtual root server", "virtual dedicated server" in some regions) is generally used to describe a product.

"VPS" usually means a server that you rent from a hosting company, together with remote management and such. Here 'virtual' doesn't refer to a specific technology, it merely means that it isn't dedicated hardware. Most VPSes are VMs (often Xen or Linux-KVM), but not always – cheap ones could be container-based (often OpenVZ or FreeBSD Jails).

Note that there are also other kinds of "virtual machines" that do not emulate a whole computer system at all – for example, the Java or .NET runtimes are often called "virtual machines" just because they execute code like a CPU would.


VM is Virtual Machine it means that you have your own workstation were you have to install many software or setup your own server.

it is type of machine like your computer but work like virtual.on Vm you can set lots of server may be public/private/hybride

your OS (operating System) windows,linux..etc -> your VM (Virtual Machine) like Vmware -> installed software/server.

and VPS (Virtual Private Server) is an type of your private server were whatever thing has been setup or installed these are done by you.it has acess by you only not for all. which has been install on your VM(virtual machine) or on your hardware which is known as bare-metal.

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    This is wrong. A VPS can come preinstalled/configured by others. VMs can be, but are not necessarily workstations. – davidgo Aug 14 '19 at 11:52
  • it is write @davidgo and you also are correct but no need to put downvote. – Udal Pal Aug 14 '19 at 13:43
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    Welcome to Superuser. Unfortunately downvoting incorrect answers is important to the site so that best answers bubble to the top. Especially in the case of this vote its not very importantfrom a reputation POV as it did not reduce your reputation (which can't go below 1, and only costs you 1 - and unlike upvotes, down votes cost the giver as well). – davidgo Aug 14 '19 at 19:32

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