RDP and VPS are both acronyms in relation to the server industry.
RDP stands for Remote Desktop Protocol while VPS stands for Virtual Private Server.

What is a VPS?

A Virtual Private Server, also known as a virtual machine is a virtual subdivision of a physical server.
  It creates an independent environment generally with a dedicated pool of resources which behaves an independent computer.

The Operating System may completely differ from the Host node the VPS is being created on.
 A VPS is created with a virtualisation technology to virtualise the OS.
 You could benefit from a Linux VPS on a Windows Physical server and also the other way around

On a traditional architecture, also known as bare metal in the hosting industry; you run the operating system and then you run the application within the OS.

On a virtual architecture, you run a virtualisation layer (also called an Hypervisor) in which you run Virtual Private Servers. Finally within these VPS, you may run a different OS and then your applications.

Some of the most popular virtualisation technologies are:

  • OpenVZ / Virtuozzo /LCX

  • KVM

  • VMware ESX

  • Xen / Citrix

  • OpenStack

  • HyperV

  • Proxmox VE

What is a RDP?

The Remote Desktop protocol .
 This programs allows a remote access connection to a Windows server exclusively from a client.
 It provides a full remote desktop visualisation of a given computer or server.

The RDP server is the remote computer you would like to gain access to.
 The client is the computer you would like to access the terminal server from.


The RDP protocols operates through the 3389 TCP port.

Some others solutions provide a similar benefit such as:

  • VNC Solutions

  • LogMeIn

  • TeamViewer