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Dedicated Servers versus Virtual Private Servers

Choosing VPS vs. dedicated: different methods for your global reach.

Choosing VPS vs. dedicated: different methods for your global reach.

Dedicated servers and virtual private servers (VPSs) are two common hosting options for those companies too large or complex for shared hosting. Hosting clients typically wonder about the limitations of a VPS and whether it is worth the reduced cost to choose server virtualization over a dedicated server. Let’s briefly review exactly what makes a server virtual or dedicated before surveying a few basic differences.

Dedicated Server & VPS: definitions & hosting usage

You may have a general idea of what dedicated servers and virtual private servers are. However, a quick overview of these two terms will ensure it’s clear exactly how these two types of servers differ.

A dedicated server is a server that is charged with one particular task; hence the term dedicated. A dedicated server might be used to host your site, for instance, or an individual application. A server might also be dedicated specifically for email, for DNS purposes, or for gaming. Of course, you might choose to use a server for a number of different functions. The bottom line as a hosting customer, regardless of the technical definition of a dedicated server, is that the machine is fully available for your use.

When you use a dedicated server for hosting, you’re renting an entire server – the actual piece of hardware – from a hosting service. As long as you follow the guidelines within your hosting contract, you are able to customize the server any way you like. Other than limited access by the hosting staff for routine maintenance and to assist you as desired, you’re the only one using the server; it’s unavailable to other customers.

A virtual private server, as you can imagine, gets a bit more complicated. A VPS is a virtual machine (VM) that functions as its own server within a hosting environment. A virtual private server runs on its own instance of the operating system. On that OS, applications can run specifically within that section of the physical hardware. Virtualizing servers allows more than one operating system to be active simultaneously on the same server. Applications are also allowed full independence.

In a hosting environment, your VPS exists on the same physical machine as other companies/accounts; it has this feature in common with shared hosting. However, like shared hosting, VPS involves much stricter lines of demarcation. Operating with your own OS through virtualization means that your security is enhanced and you have much greater freedom to meet your needs by modifying the parameters of the VPS.

Dedicated versus VPS – Cost

VPS hosting is significantly less expensive than dedicated hosting is, simply because you do not need the full physical hardware with a VPS. The primary reason a VPS is selected for hosting is because it is a more budget-conscious choice.

Keep in mind, because a VPS only has access to a portion of the resources of the server, many customers prefer dedicated servers for their power. However, when VPS servers utilize a cloud hosting model (as ours do), they are optimized for scalability. In other words, with the advent of cloud technology, a virtual server is much better prepared for peak loads and rapid growth.

Dedicated versus VPS – storage & speed

Choosing a virtual private server, regardless of whether it uses a cloud model or not, is not standardly prepared for the same amounts of storage space and traffic as a dedicated server is. Clearly dedicated servers make sense for those who want to specify a particular type of machine with certain components and attributes they can preestablish. With a dedicated server, parameters are hard and fast, and you can add additional dedicated servers as needed.

VPS servers involve multiple accounts running on individual hard drives simultaneously. Naturally, access by a number of different hosting customers can decrease the speed and reliability of a site. You will also run out of room more quickly on a VPS server.

However, it’s again worth noting how virtual private servers that use cloud hosting differ from typical VPS offerings. In the past, a VPS was like a piece of the whole pie that was the physical server (which is still the case in non-cloud VPS environments, although features such as bursting and swap space allow some leeway). In that way, although a non-cloud VPS was not a physical server, its capabilities were physically limited.

With access to the cloud, though, a VPS can now scale easily, on demand, to meet the needs of a growing business. Adding additional storage and power is as simple as clicking a button in your administrative panel. Granted, VPSs are not for everyone. Because a VPS does not constitute a physical server, those in need of certain customization capabilities will want to choose dedicated hosting.

Dedicated versus VPS – selecting a host

Trying to decide between a dedicated server and a virtual private server can be tough. We hope that picking out a quality web host does not need to be nearly as difficult. At Atlantic.Net, we’ve been in business since 1994. With almost 2 decades of experience, we know you’ll be satisfied with whichever of our solutions you choose.

By Kent Roberts

What You Need to Know about Dedicated Hosting

The concept of dedicated hosting may seem a bit daunting initially, especially due to the affixed price tag. A dedicated server is one of the most expensive traditional hosting options on the market, but the benefits of such a plan make up for the cost tenfold.

Dedicated servers may pose as the perfect solution for businesses both large and small that see a high quantity of daily web traffic. With the purchase of a dedicated hosting plan, you and your employees can stay focused on the business, because the hosting provider is the one in charge of building the architecture, maintaining the operating system, and solving technical issues.

Unmanaged dedicated hosting is a great solution for companies that have a few employees who are able to dedicate work hours to maintaining a server environment. However, this solution is only recommended for those with extensive technical experience or developers who need to build custom programs.

Utilizing a dedicated hosting plan frees your time from maintaining a server framework so that you can focus more on your personal clients, something that could not be possible with a traditional hosting plan. Additionally, a dedicated hosting solution offers faster load times due to the fact that a dedicated server takes up far fewer resources than a traditional server.

Choosing a dedicated hosting plan through Atlantic.Net provides you with 100% network uptime guarantee with 24/7/365 technical support. To learn more about what a dedicated hosting plan can do for your business, contact our technical experts today at 1-800-521-5881.

Spotlight on Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated hosting is an extremely customizable solution recommended for large organizations.  Unlike with shared cloud hosting, a dedicated hosting plan requires no sharing of the server because you lease an entire server and have complete control over it.  True to its name, a dedicated hosting plan is completely devoted to your business’ applications, websites, and platforms.

Here is a simple, easy to understand scenario to demonstrate dedicated hosting:

Shared Hosting: Say you and your roommates bought a television for the living room, which you all pitched in to buy.  Since you all pitched in to purchase the TV, you also have to split the use of the television because you are all part owners of it.

Dedicated Hosting: If you and your roommates each bought your own television, each of your TVs would be considered a dedicated television.  Although the cost would be greater because you purchased it on your own, you are in control of the television and can use it how you like.

Dedicated hosting is ideal for companies with high volumes of traffic, creating the need for greater bandwidth and more space.  A dedicated server can create a better user experience by decreasing the opportunity for downtime and increasing performance speed.  With this type of hosting, your IT department has full control over the server performance and can adjust accordingly to meet the needs of your business.

When you lease a dedicated server from a reputable cloud hosting provider, your server is located in a secure data center, complete with redundant systems and guaranteed power.  This means that your company does not need to put out the extra expense of investing in expensive hardware or infrastructure on your own.

Atlantic.Net offers dedicated server hosting plans for $64/month every month and no contract.  We create custom Dedicated Server Packages that produce dizzying data transfer speeds and optimum server performance without the hassle of machine maintenance.  We offer 10TB Transfer, 2GB RAM, 160GB HDD, and 100MBPS Uplink. Take a load off your mind by entrusting us with your dedicated server needs!

What’s the Difference between VPS and Dedicated Servers?

The most notable difference between VPS (Virtual Private Servers) and dedicated servers is that with VPS hosting, you are sharing the physical resources (CPU, RAM, etc.), while enjoying the freedom of a private server.  On the other hand, with a dedicated server, no sharing is required because you have the server all to yourself.

In essence, VPS is like a dedicated server, except that you “own” only part of the server’s resources.  In our last blog post, we explained that a VPS is created by taking one massive server and partitioning it into several independent servers.  Virtualization layers are then created to ensure each virtual environment appears as a standalone server.  Each “virtual” server has the ability to run its own operating system and applications.

VPS is a valuable solution if your website has outgrown your shared hosting plan, which happens with a lot of high-traffic websites.  Virtual Private Servers provide users with root-level access to the server, while still keeping the ease and simplicity of a shared hosting account.  Because you are still technically sharing the hardware, you don’t have to be concerned about the physical server maintenance and security, that’s for your hosting company to worry about.

While dedicated servers are a big financial and technical investment, VPS offers an “in between” option that is substantially less expensive, comes with technical support, and does not require the ownership (and therefore the responsibility) of the hardware.  VPS hosting is usually cheaper than dedicated hosting even if you’re not in charge of managing the server because dedicated servers usually have better hardware configurations.

For nearly 20 years, Atlantic.Net has helped thousands of businesses with industry-leading Cloud VPS and Dedicated Server solutions.  Contact an advisor at 800.521.5881 or email us at websales@atlantic.net to get started with a hosting solution for your business!

How to Know When It Is Time for Your Small Business to Get a Dedicated Server

If your business is utilizing the cloud through a shared hosting plan, you are sharing a server with other entities.  However, with a dedicated server, resources are not shared, meaning the server is reserved with 100% of the resources allocated to you.  In other words, no two entities share Internet connectivity, hardware, disk space, etc.

So, how do you know when it is time for your small business to upgrade from shared hosting to your own dedicated server?

First, create a realistic business model for your company’s potential growth.  If you think that the means to achieve this projected growth is through having any one of the qualities listed below, consider a dedicated server for your business.

  • Having an efficient website that can accommodate high volumes of traffic and offer online customer service or technical support. A dedicated server is an ideal option for companies with high volumes of traffic, creating the need for greater bandwidth and more space.  A dedicated server can also create a better user experience by decreasing the chances of downtime and increasing performance speed.
  • Having mission-critical applications backed by sophisticated and powerful, fully redundant, infrastructure.
  • 100% uptime, meaning that when potential customers come to your site, the flow of traffic is never too large to crash your website.  Dedicated servers are designed to allow 100% uptime without any compromise.
  • The capability of operating an e-commerce site, where your product or service can be sold directly on your website.

Dedicated hosting has many advantages over traditional shared web hosting, but it really depends on the specific needs of your business to determine which option will be most beneficial to you.  If your business is looking to grow and having these qualities will be important in the near future, it may be time to consider dedicating web hosting.

Right now, Atlantic.Net is offering a free trial credit of $25 for all new customers who sign up for web hosting.  Now is an ideal time to give our dedicated servers a try to see if it is the right hosting solution for your business.  Give us a call at 1-800-422-2936 to sign up, or register online here.

How to migrate from a dedicated server to the cloud?

If you are a startup, or your in-house IT infrastructure needs an upgrade:

Virtual Cloud Server
The simplest, cleanest solution for making the move to the cloud: set up a virtual server running on our professional-grade data center hardware, transfer your data, and immediately you have access to a flexible, upgradeable, fully-managed server that can transition your existing business functions, or serve as a building block for future expansion.

Dedicated Cloud Server
If you need or want exclusive hardware, consider a dedicated cloud server: all the advantages of a virtual server, but with dedicated hardware for increased performance and easier regulatory compliance.

If your in-house hardware still has some life in it:

Hybrid
or Private Cloud
Hybrid and Private cloud are both solutions that incorporate your existing corporate IT hardware into a managed data center environment. The main difference is as follows. In a hybrid cloud, you retain some servers in-house and Atlantic.Net establishes a network of resources shared between those in-house machines and dedicated hardware at our data center. In a private cloud, the hardware is entirely secured in the data center. Either one can be a valuable option, but to determine what’s right for you it’s best to discuss with a professional adviser at Atlantic.Net.

Virtualized Environment
And if you have a peculiar set of requirements that doesn’t fall under one of the categories listed above, talk to a professional at Atlantic.Net to see what kind of fully virtualized solution is possible for your business – and what kind of savings it can mean for your bottom line.

Please remember: this post details some general guidelines, but your present situation and future needs will affect what kind of solution is right for you. The best way forward is always to talk to an expert, so contact Atlantic.Net today.

Atlantic.Net Launches Managed Hosting!

Today We officially launched our Managed Hosting Service.  I know some of you are thinking, “Wait! I thought Atlantic.Net already offered Managed Hosting!?”  If you are one of those people you would be partially correct.  We have offered add-on Managed Services for our customer’s hosting environment for many years, but never before have we included so many of our Managed Services and expert support rolled into one all encompassing package.

Our Managed Hosting service includes our Standing Ovation Customer Service (24x7x365 system administration/technical support), unlimited daily secure backup of the data on your server (yes, you read that right), security services, and much more.

To say that our staff is really excited about the roll-out of this product is an understatement. On the marketing and sales side of the house it is always a blessing to have such a feature packed product to present to potential and current customers.  Our Support and Engineering teams were extremely excited to integrate new back-end systems, test out the latest software, and refine all the processes that help ensure timely and smooth delivery of our new Managed Hosting service.  All that being said, I think the entire staff at Atlantic.Net is most excited about the potential our Managed Hosting service has to help businesses save time, money, and effort in this difficult economy. Continue reading

What is Dedicated Server Hosting?

A Dedicated Server is a type of web hosting where a business leases a full computer server with Internet access from a data center. Unlike a traditional computer server in an office closet, the Dedicated Server is kept in a climate-controlled data center where the network and Internet uptime are maintained by expert engineers. Business can now lease dedicated servers instead of purchasing and setting up a computer server at their office and hiring additional staff to manage and maintain the server. This allows businesses to eliminate the hassles of dealing with day-to-day server issues and focus on their business growth.

A dedicated server is far more reliable and secure than a shared hosting account which utilize shared resources between customers. A dedicated server is reserved with 100% of the resources allocated to the client. This means that no two customers will share Internet connectivity, hardware, disk space, etc.  This type of service is designed to allow 100% uptime and enterprise level clients can rest assured that the service is available to them without any compromise. Mission critical applications also require dedicated servers to be backed by sophisticated and powerful, fully redundant, infrastructure which sets data centers apart from traditional computer servers in an office environment.  The cost associated with dedicated servers varies depending upon the infrastructure deployed, but is almost always more economical than purchasing the server hardware outright and managing it internally. Continue reading