VPS vs Dedicated Server Hosting | Pros & Cons
We have already talked about Shared Hosting and it’s advantages and disadvantages. It’s generally considered a great place to start. It’s the most affordable option, easy to manage and you can get your website up and running in no time.
But what happens later on when your site’s traffic has increased substantially or you need to host more websites and you don’t have enough resources to make that happen or you are simply concerned about privacy(as you should!)?
First what is a Dedicated Server?
By Dedicated Server we mean the entire physical server dedicated to your website(s). That means you get all the resources (cpu cores, ram, storage..) for your needs. Furthermore you control the actual hardware inside the server, for example cpu Brand, no of cores, type of storage, RAM capacity/speed etc. You can also control the software that the server is running.
Everything sounds great! So whats the catch?? Well it’s the most expensive option. I mean you actually reserve the whole server for you and you only.
A Dedicated Server is an easy choice if your site experiences regularly HIGH traffic.
But what if you site has moderate traffic on a daily basis and you don’t actually need all those resources the server provides?
Then VPS is for you!
What exactly is a VPS?
VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. A physical server is divided into multiple Virtual Servers using a hypervisor(e.g VMware ESXi, Red Hat KVM), a software that creates and runs virtual machines(VM).
Each VPS features it’s own Operating System (OS), receives a predefined number of resources dedicated to that VPS and to that VPS alone. The Virtual Servers in that machine operate independently, do not interfere with each other, can be separately rebooted.
A VPS is a middle ground between shared hosting and a dedicated server.
- You can customize the server to fit your needs( choose OS and server applications).
- Can restart the system without affecting anyone else.
- You get dedicated resources.
- Its able to scale. If you need more resources you can add more later.
You get all that at a fraction of the price of a dedicated server.
Before you go out searching for a VPS plan you should know that there are two types of VPS hosting, Managed and Unmanaged.
In Unmanaged VPS hosting apart from the OS installation and the maintenance of the physical server that the web host does for you the rest is up to you.
- Monitoring for security threats
- installing patches
- configuring and maintaining the server
- setting up back up services and more
So if you don’t have the technically expertise or dedicated in-house resources(IT department) you should go for Managed VPS hosting in which as the name suggests the web host takes over the tasks mentioned above.
The obvious downside is that Managed VPS hosting is more expensive than Unmanaged, but in most cases is worth it.
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