VPS is the acronym for “Virtual Private Server,” which is a way of storing data on a virtual machine. The virtual machine is part of a more massive machine/server, and your data and resources are entirely separated from others. It works via segmenting the physical server into virtual partitions. Don’t worry; it’s not sci-fi, it happens every minute of every day, it’s going on as you read this.
Once you understand the terms, the rest is easy. What’s happening is a hosting bridge is created; it’s a step between shared hosting and a dedicated server. You have nearly the same control, but the price is significantly reduced since there are others (in their partition) using the server.
This is a perfect step for a small business, some of the advantages are:
You have much more power than with shared hosting, having the ability to manipulate storage space and resources, as well as root access if needed. With this type of access, should you need to install software (not allowed on shared hosting) it can be accomplished quickly, by yourself, a member of your IT department, or via a support ticket with your vendor.
Scalability and Flexibility
Additional advantages of VPS hosting are the ability to scale (when and if needed) and flexibility. Similar to cloud hosting, VPS hosting (depending on the vendor) allows you to buy a basic plan, keeping costs low, then increase resources when needed and only pay for them when used.
SUGGESTION: Discuss RAM and CPU allotments before purchase.
Performance and Reliability
In most cases, you’ll see a significant performance increase over shared hosting. Why? Because a VPS has fewer users and a higher percentage of the server resources are allocated only for your use. Beyond that, assuming the user has the right skill set, they can tweak settings ensuring even better performance
VPS hosting has inherently better protection than shared, plus the ability to install security software and firewalls as needed. Shared hosting does not allow these options, plus you never know what your neighbor websites may be doing. Additionally, your partition will have a dedicated IP address, so there is little chance of being blacklisted based on someone else’s activities.
While more expensive than shared hosting, a VPS is affordable and cheaper than dedicated hosting. Resources and performance come close to matching a dedicated server, at a fraction of the cost. VPS hosting is a step in the right direction, particularly if you’re a business owner with plans to grow.
Cloud Hosting Vs Traditional Hosting
If you type the word hosting into Google, you’ll see traditional hosting and cloud hosting or cloud computing. Cloud hosting offers small businesses, or more important organizations, an alternative to conventional hosting, such as shared, VPS, and dedicated servers. If you’re wondering what the difference is, this was written with you in mind.
There Are No Resource Limitations
With traditional hosting, particularly with shared resources are limited based your using a single server, and that server may have multiple clients. When you reach the limits of a single server, either the performance of your site will diminish radically, or your website may not be available at all. Both of which can cause the loss of customers, and affect a company’s bottom line.
Unlike traditional hosting, cloud hosting does not rely on a single server, instead of using virtual sources, pooling the resources from a network of servers. Based on this, during periods of high traffic, or the need for increased resources, scaling is relatively easy, especially when compared to a single server.
FACTOID: Should a single server fail, your website, and ability to compute, will immediately be affected. With cloud computing, this is not the case with cloud hosting, or cloud computing, which can pull resources from other servers in the network.
Shared Resources and Security Risks
In a broad sense, when someone speaks of the cloud, they are talking of the public cloud, which is similar to shared hosting. You are sharing resources with other customers and with it come security risks.
In the traditional hosting model, when the individual or business grows to the point that shared hosting is no longer a viable option, they can move to either a VPS or dedicated hosting. This will mitigate security risks, and increases resources available to the website. For the same thing to be right in the cloud, it is recommended you discuss using a private or hybrid cloud solution. By doing this necessary resources will be pulled from your particular network of physical servers, not shared with other parties. In the hybrid cloud, you can use both public and private cloud options, allowing your business to scale, and utilize the best of both situations. Discuss these parameters; with the company, who you are considering purchasing cloud hosting.
Pay for What You Use
With traditional hosting, you are allocated a certain amount of disk space and resources. If perchance you do not need or utilize these resources, in most situations you will not receive a rebate. That is different however with cloud hosting, as you only pay for resources used, this is the pay-per-use model.
CONSIDERATION: anytime a company invests IT, the investment must be justified, often tricky to do by having virtual private networks (VPN), costs can be lessened and more easily justified. Systems and software can be easily scaled as needed, and making cloud hosting something any business owner should seriously consider.
Cloud Hosting and Scaling
With cloud hosting, there are no limits to your scale. You can grow as and when needed and do so with fewer people. Because of that, your costs are lowered, and bottom line increased.
Reduce the consistent spend on revamping tech. You can easily access all of your data with minimal costs. You’ll utilize a pay as you go model (weekly, quarterly or yearly), based on some resources you use, but only IF you use them.
- Your workers can now be global and less expensive to hire.
- The cloud is available worldwide; all that’s needed is an Internet connection.
- Your work process can be streamlined allowing more work in less time with fewer people.
- You can reduce your operating costs. There is no need to spend significant capital on hardware and licensing fees.
- Accessibility increases. You and your employees have access anytime, from anywhere.
- Projects monitored easily and effectively. Budgets met, and completion cycles delivered.
- Fewer personnel to train as it takes fewer people to complete work in the cloud.
- Licensing fees reduced. Your company can grow as needed without worry about expensive software licenses.
- Improvements in flexibility allowing ideas to easily be tested without large capital expenditures.
Cloud computing or cloud hosting offers many advantages for organizations of varying sizes; however, any package should be investigated in depth, as well as the company providing the services, to ensure you’re making the correct decision.