VPS, or virtual private servers, refers to virtual machines which function like dedicated servers. Here, clients can control different functions of the machine that they cannot in the normal shared hosting environment. (VPS hosting is considered shared hosting, albeit a modified version.) A VPS can be used exclusively by an individual customer who subscribes to the service. It is akin to having a separate computer although it runs on the same physical computer as other customers’ virtual machines. The VPS also offers privacy to cater to the customer’s needs.
In general, each VPS functions independently with its own established operating system. VPS systems split up the resources of a machine which allows for gap bridging between dedicated hosting in addition to shared hosting. VPS is less expensive than dedicated hosting and slightly more expensive than shared hosting, making it the perfect solution for a web master who requires a little bit of both services in terms of hardware requirements. Because a VPS runs on a copy of an operating system, users usually have access to that operating system and can install different software. Although a VPS has restrictions on the software that it can run, its environment is more lax than in shared hosting.
Although most people consider a VPS better than a dedicated server, there is actually just one big difference between the two. A dedicated server means that the entire machine is solely yours, while with the VPS, the system shares its processing capabilities with other VPS accounts. However, here are times that you’ll need the resources and the control which a dedicated server will give you and that is its advantage over a VPS.
More Ram Equals Better Performance
In a broader sense, the more RAM your server has, the better its efficiency. Although a VPS in general has limited RAM and disk space, some companies provide extra memory that can be used in case of high traffic. Once the VPS has used what it needs, it then releases the excess memory so other VPS systems in the pool can access it as well.
If you are still wondering which of these is better, it all comes down to how much you’re willing to spend. Consider the requirements you’ll have as a webmaster and determine if the investment is worth it. There are lots of companies that offer VPS in addition to other web hosting services, so you might want to review these and narrow down your choices. From there you can select a VPS hosting or a dedicated server which can do the job for you. Whichever you choose, make sure it is worth the investment you put in.
Senior Tech Writer for Vodien Internet Solutions
Bill Poh is the Senior Tech Writer at Vodien and he covers web hosting, online marketing, social media, business and the latest tech innovations. When not writing, he’s busy pursuing his passion for photography, graphic design, and creative arts.
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