Should you be using a virtual private server (VPS) or dedicated server for your hosting? The decision can be tough as it really depends on which fits your specific needs as someone involved in the hosting industry. This is true whether you’re just starting out or contemplating a switch from one to the other.
Here we examine both dedicated and VPS.
Dedicated servers provide clients with the ability to have their own server space, a luxury that allows clients to choose which hardware and operating system they’d like to run on the server.
Despite the choices, you don’t actually own your dedicated server’s hardware. Dedicated Servers are stored within data centers and are owned by a provider. Even though you don’t own the actual hardware, a benefit is that some providers offer great customer support.
What you pay for dedicated hosting can greatly vary, dependent on the size and type of information you host.
Selecting which operating system you use on a dedicated server can cost you more. However, the good news is that if you’re planning on using an open operating system like Linux or Unix, most dedicated hosting providers actually offer those at discounted charges or completely free.
Also, if you’re focused on usability and easy access, the great thing is that most dedicated servers come with great control panels, thus making what you host easy to oversee and manage.
Although there are great benefits that come with dedicated hosting, it’s also important to examine how your server provider is fitting your needs.
A question that it’s very important for a client to ask is, “Could I cut costs by moving what I host from a dedicated server to a Virtual Private Server (VPS)? The answer is “perhaps” as it really depends on the size and type of services you host.
Making the Move to VPS (Virtual Private Server)
You now might be thinking, “Should I consider switching to VPS?”
Well, if you’re just looking to host smaller at a cheaper rate, all while having more control, then VPS might be your answer.
Here we’ll examine some of the benefits of hosting with a virtual private server (VPS).
One of the great attributes of VPS is in the name itself, it’s that they offer the client privacy. But the greatest thing about VPS is that it also gives the client more control over what they host. You don’t have to rely on dealing with a server provider when something goes wrong with your server’s hardware. Virtual Private Servers give the client greater independent control over their server space, thus allowing VPS clients to reboot the server system independently.
Despite the independent usability, some VPS providers offer managed VPS. Remember, if you go with an unmanaged server, you’re responsible for more.
VPS also provides the client with the ability install various types of software on their servers, whereas with dedicated, you’re more restricted.
Having independent control over your server also means you’re more responsible when something goes wrong. This might sound bad to some. However, with VPS, you might not have the service support that dedicated may offer, but you’ll be bound to learn a whole lot more about managing servers from having independent control.
As an independent operator, you can find affordable solutions to backing up your VPS, thus keeping your hosted data secure. A company like R1Soft.com will provide you with an affordable solution.
Also, if you’re looking to keep up with the changing technology, here’s a key factor to consider: Dynamic Virtual servers are also referred to as cloud servers. We all know how everything’s moving to the cloud!
So now that we know more about both dedicated hosting and VPS, here are the key factors to consider when selecting which you’d like to use:
-What is the size of the data I’m hosting?
-Do I want greater control over my server? (Remember, with greater control comes more responsibility)
-How much am I willing to pay?
-What software would I prefer to run?
Choosing the best server that fits your specific hosting needs is of utmost importance. Please keep the above in mind when selecting either or choosing to move from dedicated to VPS.