Making a decision on what type of server hosting to choose can be difficult, especially if you aren’t entirely certain about the differences and benefits of the many types of hosting available to you. For instance, choosing between Dedicated Servers and VPS Hosting. So which one suits you?
Making a decision on what type of server hosting to choose can be difficult, especially if you aren’t entirely certain about the differences and benefits of the many types of hosting available to you. For instance, choosing between Dedicated Servers and VPS Hosting.
Virtual Private Servers (VPS) are considered to be a combination of dedicated and shared hosting servers. VPS systems can host multiple clients on the same server and uses a special virtualization technique to split the singular server into numeral virtual servers, meaning that everyone using the VPS system can use it as though it was a dedicated server. To put it simply, everyone gets a section of the servers’ hardware dedicated to them, so that users don’t have to share the resources with one another in the case of shared hosting servers. This is why VPS is sometimes thought of as a mix between the two hosting types.
Dedicated hosting is a very powerful hosting option, using and allocating one server to one client. There is no sharing of resources with others on the server, which can affect your site if there’s any spikes in traffic or not enough resources available for you like with some other server systems. Additionally, there’s a lot more customisation that’s able to be made to the system as it’s owned or rented by one individual. It’s significantly faster and has more power than other server hosting options.
There are also two forms of dedicated and VPS hosting, managed and unmanaged.
Unmanaged dedicated and VPS hosting means that you are responsible for setting everything on the server yourself, meaning you have to install everything onto the system since you only get given the hardware itself.
Managed on the other hand, comes with everything setup and is managed by the hosting provider you go with. They can help to configure, manage, and do maintenance on your server for you, which is a great option if you’re not very tech-savvy or are unsure and unfamiliar with what you need to do in order to setup a server.
But one difference with VPS is traditional and cloud VPS. Traditional VPS means that you get all of your resources from a part of one physical server, but cloud VPS uses up different server parts for its resources, hence the name ‘cloud VPS’. Though traditional VPS are no longer widely available as many hosting and reseller hosting companies now only use cloud VPS systems.
VPS hosting systems are a lot more affordable than dedicated hosting counterparts, due to the fact that other resources within a server can be given to other clients if all of it is not being used up by one person already, which allows the provider to make the most of all their servers and offer it to clients at a more affordable price.
Despite not necessarily having one entire physical server to yourself, you still have access to all the same resources for your site, unlike a shared server hosting system.
When your company and site grow in size and gain more influxes of traffic, you can simply scale up the size of your resources to match the demand. Cloud VPS is perfect for this as it can use up resources from multiple servers to fit the criteria that you need to host your website and business.
Although you have much more control over your server by using VPS, it still doesn’t quite give you as much control as you would get with a dedicated server, since you’re still using the same physical hardware as other clients from a hosting or reseller company.
Dedicated servers give you full control and reign over the system, both for the software and the physical hardware itself. This allows you to really tailor your system to match whatever you want or need, without needing to make adjustments or be flexible around the software and hardware for another system that you can purchase from a hosting/reseller business.
A dedicated server is physically isolated unlike a VPS system, meaning that it’s more secure since no other account or client has access to the same physical server that you do, since with a VPS hosting system your site is only virtually isolated rather than physically.
Due to all of the extra benefits, hardware, and customisation of dedicated servers, they are usually one of the most expensive forms of hosting and are mostly used by large scale businesses and groups that need powerful resources to host their company and website(s). So, it’s not considered a practical option for smaller businesses with little funding and income.
Usually, people may choose to opt for VPS cloud services because they have similar benefits to a dedicated hosting option, but they are more affordable and able to be scaled up to grow with their business.
Smaller businesses that are just starting up, those with less funding, or who have low traffic income to their site will be best suited for VPS systems since they can get a cheap and affordable plan.
However, businesses that are more established and have a medium traffic income to their website can also choose VPS, since they need more resources (and a stable one at that) than a shared hosting plan could offer them they can choose a VPS plan and scale it up to match their needs.
So more often than not, companies just starting up, or smaller businesses with less funding and low amounts of traffic on their website (compared to an arguably more major business) will often choose to go with VPS rather than dedicated hosting plans.
Dedicated servers provide a near guaranteed reliable and stable hosting experience. Large companies, or rapidly growing businesses with high traffic to their site will easily benefit from choosing a dedicated hosting plan. Or for those that are concerned over security, they can also choose dedicated hosting to ensure that their resources can’t be accessed as easily by other clients on the same physical server like with shared or cloud VPS systems.
If you’re also tech-savvy and want to fully customise your server from software to hardware, you can usually reach out and request a hosting business to set it up with all the applications you want, or request an unmanaged system and do it yourself if you don’t want to pay the extra costs of someone else doing it for you.
Those in the web hosting reseller industry, or agencies will be the two most types of companies that can benefit from using dedicated servers, as it can let them host multiple websites for their own clients in one place rather than multiple accounts from different servers of providers.