VPS, Shared Hosting, and Dedicated Hosting Frequently Asked Questions
What is VPS Hosting in the cloud?
Virtual Private Server (VPS) is a viable alternative to a dedicated server hosting, which allows users to take advantage of the latest cloud technology, backed by redundant systems. Many clients prefer VPS for hosting to a physical machine because they get the same full root access and administrative server control, as they would with a dedicated machine without incurring the cost associated with running a dedicated environment. What sets VPS hosting in the cloud with old fashioned VPS is speed, agility, reliability, and affordability. All of these benefits are a result of virtually managing numerous physical servers that work together to process, store, and transfer client data.
What’s the Difference between a VPS and Dedicated Servers
The main difference between a VPS and a dedicated server is that with VPS hosting plans, you are sharing the physical resources (CPU, RAM, etc.), while enjoying the freedom and control of a private server. On the other hand, with a dedicated server, you have the server and all of its resources 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 cloud hosted VPS is created by taking massive servers and partitioning them into several independent servers sharing resources, with built-in redundancy. Virtualization layers are then created to ensure each virtual environment appears as a standalone server. Each “virtual server” has the ability and resources to run its own operating system and applications.
Why Choose Cloud VPS over Dedicated Hosting or Shared Hosting?
Cloud VPS is ideal for websites that have outgrown shared hosting and are in need of additional resources or full root access, which happens with a lot of high-traffic websites. A Virtual Private Server in the cloud provide users with full root access to the server (unlike with shared hosting), while still keeping the ease and simplicity of a shared hosting account.
Whereas shared hosting may not be enough resources or control and dedicated servers are a big financial and technical investment, Cloud VPS is a viable option that is substantially less expensive, allows full root access, comes with technical support for any questions, and does not require the ownership (and therefore, the responsibility) of the hardware. Cloud VPS hosting is usually much more affordable and cost-effective than dedicated hosting, helping network administrators to control costs.