What is the difference between VPS and dedicated servers?

managed vps vs dedicated servers

There are a number of differences between VPS (virtual private servers) and dedicated servers.  When deciding which is the best web hosting package for you, it is important to weigh all the factors and then make the right choice for your business.

Managed VPS VS Dedicated Servers

Managed VPS Managed Dedicated Servers
Cost Higher cost compared to shared hosting but less compared to dedicated servers. (Our managed vps packages are as low as $25 per month). More expensive than VPS. (our managed dedicated servers start at $199 per month)
Performance Better performance than shared hosting Optimum performance (depending on hardware setup and requirements)
Scalability Easily scalable with no downtime Downtime may be needed (depending on hosting provider)
Security Highly secured Maximum Security
Suitability Suitable for high traffic websites, small business owners, bloggers and everyone that needs the power of a dedicated server at a lower price. If a VPS cannot satisfy your needs then a dedicated server is the next best available solution.

Virtual Private Servers (VPS)

Virtual private servers are actually more popular than dedicated servers because these give you better performance than shared hosting and they cost less compared to dedicated servers.

With VPS hosting, users may share a number of physical resources such as disk space, CPU and RAM, but they will still enjoy the freedoms of having a private server, such as having your own control panel.

A big server is called a ‘node’, and the VPS is just a small part of this node.  But a virtual private server still allows users to be in charge, fully, of all their own settings and configurations. This freedom allows you to customize and make any changes or adjustments that you need, as situations arise.

Managed VPS

Since a virtual private server it is not actually a physical server, you do not have to worry about space or resources (RAM, CPU, Network bandwidth) as these are in the ‘cloud’ and managed by sophisticated datacenter tools.

VPS users still have access to the same resources and features as they would have with a dedicated server, and they still have the freedom to install any application and make changes to those applications. Since you are not actually sharing any hardware, you will not have to be concerned about the physical server maintenance and security. The hosting company will need to worry about this.

Dedicated Servers

If you want more power than a VPS then a dedicated server is your next best choice. Dedicated servers are more powerful than VPS and they suitable for resource demanding applications or websites.

For example our basic dedicated server package (DEDI-CP1) hosts a Core2Quad Q9550 CPU, 8GB DDR2 RAM and 1 terabyte hard disk space – in simple words it is a powerful machine that can satisfy extreme hosting needs.

With a dedicated server, there is absolutely no sharing required.  Users will have this type of server all to themselves which can be a big plus, especially if you need a lot of space, or if you are extremely worried about privacy.  With internet security is always a hot button issue, so it is very important to choose a server solution that will ensures the security, and safety, of your website or applications.

What you should have in mind when selecting either VPS or dedicated servers hosting?

There are many factors to consider when selecting a reliable hosting provider. Besides taking into account the basics i.e. price and security, you should also give special attention to:

Support: What type of support do they offer? Is it 24/7? What do reviews say about their support services? Are you certain that they have the right tools and people to help you when you are in need?

Uptime: What is their SLA regarding up-time? Can you afford to have your business down for days? You should always aim for 99.9% uptime since a 99% uptime is equivalent to 4 whole days of downtime (for a yearly period), which is not acceptable in today’s competitive market. This report by hyperspin monitors the uptime of various hosting providers and you can use it as a guide before deciding which one to choose.

So, what should I choose, a VPS or Dedicated Server hosting?

In the majority of cases what you want is a managed virtual server package that will give you the power and flexibility of a dedicated server but at a lower cost. For small business owners, bloggers, web designers and everyone that needs to have a fast website, a VPS is the perfect solution.

Should you need more speed and performance you can also consider switching to an ssd-powered vps package which has the same advantages as a VPS but offers faster performance due to the presence of SSD hard drives. VPS SSD is highly recommended for websites that use a lot of disk caching, for example wordpress websites with the w3 total cache plugin.

Conclusion

To sum up, if you are serious about your website or online business then you should definitely consider moving from shared hosting to either VPS, VPS SSD or Dedicated server hosting. The cost especially for VPS is not prohibited and there are many benefits to gain for your website. When choosing a hosting provider make sure that you also include security and uptime in your selection criteria.

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