17 Nov

Why Choose a VPS

Why Choose a VPS (Virtual Private Server) for your Business?

vpsEvery website needs somewhere to “reside” on the Internet, and this is what Web hosting is all about.

Straightforward websites with a low to medium level of traffic will work just fine on a shared hosting package. However, if your needs are a little more complex, it makes good sense to consider moving to a VPS hosting solution.

Here are some situations where using a VPS may make more sense than a shared hosting package:

  • You prefer to have your website reside somewhere on its own without sharing hosting resources with others.
  • You run a website with a consistently higher level of traffic, or traffic “spikes.”
  • You maintain multiple domains and sub-sites – a frequent requirement for Web design and creative agencies.

Years ago, anyone starting to outgrow a shared hosting package would have needed to look straight to an expensive dedicated server. However, as time has gone on, virtualisation technology has matured, and become more powerful and more popular and affordable.

Nowadays, virtual servers are a popular alternative to individual physical dedicated servers, both in corporate server rooms and in internet datacenters.

So, what is a VPS?

To the end user, a VPS (Virtual Private Server) works almost exactly the same way as a dedicated server. The only difference is that it doesn’t actually live on its own specific piece of server hardware.

Instead, physical dedicated server resources are configured so they can be allocated to multiple “virtual” servers. The network device is shared but resources such as CPU, RAM and HDD are “sliced” and allocated to different virtual servers. These work just like physical servers, right down to the fact that they can be individually rebooted and configured individually to some extent. Administrators have SSH root and firewall to name a couple, just as you do a full-fledged dedicated server.

VPS systems offer a host of benefits:

  1. They are very robust, and usually set up on advanced hardware, complete with multiple redundancy features for fail-over. Essentially that means that a failing piece of datacenter hardware won’t send your VPS crashing down.
  1. They are completely scalable. You can add extra resources at any time, such as more CPU power, HDD capacity or RAM. This means you can respond to demand on an “as needed” basis. This is better than running the risk of underspecifying a dedicated server and not meeting performance demands, or over-specifying one and wasting money.
  1. Different Linux operating systems or even sometimes Windows can be installed as you require, along with all the IP addresses and extra services you need.

A VPS is the perfect middle ground between a shared hosting solution and a dedicated server. In operation, it’s essentially no different to a dedicated server – until you look at the cost. Economies of scale mean it’s possible to offer VPS solutions for a much lower monthly outlay.

Contact us now to see if a VPS solution is a good fit for your business.

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