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What’s the Difference between VPS and Dedicated Servers?

Adnan Raja
by Atlantic.Net (183posts) under VPS Hosting

The most notable difference between Cloud VPS (Virtual Private Servers) and managed and dedicated Cloud Servers are 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 managed, no sharing is required because you have the server all to yourself.

VPS vs Dedicated Servers – The Difference

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.

Why Choose VPS over Dedicated Hosting or Shared Hosting?

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 managed 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.  Cloud VPS hosting is usually cheaper than managed hosting even if you’re not in charge of managing the server because dedicated servers usually have better hardware configurations.

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