The amount of Random Access Memory, more commonly known simply as RAM, available on your Virtual Private cloud Server (VPS) is perhaps one of the most important factors that will influence the performance of your machine. But, many people do not actually know what RAM is!
To put it simply, RAM is a form of computer data storage. No, this is not storage as you would find on a hard drive, but instead serves as a temporary area that your server will use to perform computing operations. Because it is quicker for your cloud hosting VPS to pull memory from RAM rather than a hard drive, the amount of RAM your machine has is critical.
Although it may initially appear cheaper to purchase a VPS configuration with less RAM, you will likely pay more in the long run if you purchase too little—especially if you foresee large amounts of traffic; you do not want your website or other services to go down! If you are running a single static web page, 512 MB may be sufficient, but most companies need more. Most cloud VPS providers provide servers with pre-set RAM that ranges from 512 MB all the way up to 64 GB. Here at Atlantic.Net, the most popular plans included 1 GB to 2 GB RAM.
Backup RAM has a purpose for emergencies, but should not be used for every instance. This type of RAM, sometimes called Burstable RAM, is installed in case there is a sudden demand for memory, like if traffic to your site suddenly increases.
Here is a rule of thumb: always purchase more RAM than you think you will need! It is certainly better to be safe rather than sorry when it comes to RAM and your VPS. To learn more about VPS cloud hosting, and other cloud hosting options, including HIPAA compliant hosting, call us today at 1-800-521-5881!