VPS and VPN – Similar Names, But Much Different Functions

Glenn
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Although VPS Hosting (Virtual Private Servers) and VPN (Virtual Private Network) have similar names, they are extremely different things altogether.  A Virtual Private Server is a place to host your website, where you have root-level access to the server while still sharing the hardware.  However, a Virtual Private Network is a way to browse the Internet securely and anonymously.

Let’s break things down…

A VPS is created when one massive server is partitioned up so that it can have several servers on it running independently of each other.  Virtualization layers are then created to make sure each virtual environment appears as a standalone server with the ability to run its own OS and applications. Therefore, a VPS enables multiple virtual servers to be located on one physical server.  A VPS is great for companies if they have outgrown a shared hosting plan and are not yet ready to leap into the financial commitment involved in owning a dedicated server.

On the other hand, a VPN is very different as its purpose is to extend a private network (as well as its resources) across public networks, such as the Internet.  For example, a VPN allows a computer to send and receive data across other networks, shared or public, as if it were a private network.  It secures your computer’s Internet connection to guarantee that all of the data you’re sending and receiving is encrypted and secured.  Whatever you do, you are always behind the VPN.

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