The advantages of any type of hosting are relevant only to the specific project. For someone a large volume of disk is really important, for someone it is a luxury, for someone it is important not to get into administration, and somewhere not to do without fine-tuning. All these points help to decide – VPS or hosting.
VPS or shared hosting: what’s the difference?
Virtual hosting is a simple and budget solution for those who work on a small project, can not allocate much time and money to work with hosting, who have no experience. Virtual hosts are separated from each other at the content level, but use a common processor, operating system, hard drive, do not reload separately. Such a device has several advantages: you can choose the smallest volume, that is, pay very little, no need to know how to administer hosting, nothing to configure. Often, the simplest package is pre-installed engine or even a website builder, for all the work with the server is responsible provider.
Virtual hosts are suitable for small online stores, personal blogs, forums and so on. However, for larger projects, they are worse. The fact that virtual hosting can “slow” when the overload of neighbors, it is less powerful and less reliable than other types of hosting. It’s like renting a dorm room: you have a key to the house, but what happens in the house, you have no control.
You need VPS hosting, you need more fine-tuning, your traffic goes up. We’re talking about a full virtual machine, hosted on a physical server or in the cloud. This machine has a “processor”, a “hard drive”, a video card – if we’re talking about gaming services. It is independent of its neighbors. A virtual server consumes the resources of the physical server on which it is hosted. This allows a powerful machine to be allocated as much memory and power as necessary for a particular project, and thus make hosting cheaper.
Advantages of VPS
To understand what VPS-hosting is, you can imagine an apartment building. Communications are shared, but each apartment has its own kitchen, bathroom, separate rooms, and everything that happens there is controlled by the owner. The user receives all the benefits of a dedicated server, but does not overpay for them.
What is the difference between VPS and shared hosting:
- Although VPS is virtual, it is an analogue of a physical machine, it has its own operating system, “iron”, the configuration of which is determined by the paid resources, and so on. VPS hosting is almost the same as renting a physical machine, only cheaper. A virtual server depends little on overloads at the “neighbors”, allows for fine-tuning;
- Tenant receives root rights, can install their software, reboot the server if necessary;
- Renting a VDS-server – an opportunity to build your own security system;
speed. The fact that virtual hosting indirectly depends on what is happening in the neighborhood, especially if there are several sites on the server at peak load. A virtual server is much more autonomous, it will not slow down just because there are several online stores on Black Friday.
Affordable price is the most important advantage of the server. If you can increase computing power in other ways, it is impossible to do it at an adequate price and without buying equipment to organize your own server.
The advantages of virtual servers are relevant especially for projects that are already “cramped” on shared hosting, or if you want to choose the operating system, run certain programs, all of which are not included in the standard configuration of virtual hosting.
Ability to change the package of services
Typically, the rental server is needed to work on the most complex projects, or in a situation where the amount of work is so great that without obtaining additional capacity to cope with it is impossible. In other words, it is clear that the rental server is not always needed in the standard amount. Therefore, the service provider provides an opportunity to change the lease option. If necessary, the volume can be increased or decreased. Thus, the client is insured against unnecessary costs and will always have access to the server.
For whom a VPS is especially useful
The main reasons to rent a server, even a virtual one, are two. This is when the project is complex (you need special settings) and when you need a lot of space or traffic. But in all cases, when freedom and reliability are important, VPS can be a compromise between too powerful and expensive dedicated server and already inconvenient virtual hosting.
Most often this way of hosting is suitable for projects:
Large online stores. For them, it is important to quickly load a large number of products, and in addition, to withstand spikes in attendance during promotions and seasonal sales;
- Large news portals with high traffic jumps;
- Streaming and gaming services;
- Game and software developers.
Sometimes a server is ordered at once, sometimes it becomes necessary as the project grows.
The only disadvantage of a virtual server, in addition to the price, is that it needs to be administered – to configure and install the programs. To do this, the team must be a person with the appropriate skills. However, this is an indirect disadvantage: if the administrator can not provide, most hosters offer to solve the problem by ordering a managed hosting. This means that a specialist hosting provider for an additional fee will be engaged in all the work on the server.