Website owners who experience a significant increase in the number of visitors to their site can be happy that their site is growing. With this growth however come concerns about the adequacy of the server hosting used to support the business. Whether the site owner is an individual, or a small to medium sized business, once indications are that they have outgrown the rigid confines associated with a shared hosting plan, they may contemplate moving on to a virtual private server (VPS) or a dedicated server. Possibly they may also simply think it is time they assumed more power and control over their online presence.
Dedicated Server Hosting and VPS offer users a number of options which make the decision a bit harder. Careful consideration must be given to which server is the best option for the business. Here is a match-up of the benefits offered by both servers.
Benefits of Virtual Private Server (VPS) vs Dedicated Server Hosting
1. Dedicated server – User gains complete control of the physical server, as well as total access to all its resources.
VPS – User gains control of a virtualized machine that is on a server that may possibly host several other virtual environments.
2. Dedicated Server – User is usually able to access more computing power as they do not share resources with other customers.
VPS – User shares CPU with other virtual machines, and will have access to the RAM and storage resources assigned to him/her by the hosting company.
3. Dedicated Server – Carries more power than most websites will need. This means the user will have to pay for server resources that they will not be using.
VPS – Offer users the flexibility to optimize their resources so that it grows with their needs. The user is then able to keep the size of their server and online requirements aligned without having to pay for server resources they will not use.
4. Dedicated Server – Not as flexible and transferable as VPS.
VPS – User will find it easier to move on to a new server whenever they want to do so. This allows for even more flexibility, as the virtual server can moved to host servers that are bigger and better, and that will yield the desired performance.
5. Dedicated Server – The monthly cost associated with using dedicated server hosting can be exceptionally higher than that for VPS.
VPS – The cost can be as much as 10 times less than that of using dedicated server hosting.
In addition to those benefits, the level of control and customization offered by both servers does not differ much unless they are operating on different hardware – physical hardware or virtual hardware. Even then there is not much to point out, as the user may find that both work the same seeing they have administrative access to the OS on both units of hardware.
The major difference in the benefits lays in the cost associated with both servers, as dedicated servers cost significantly more. Aside from that, the ability to easily scale your web site as it grows is an added bonus of VPS.