It is a misconception that virtual private server (VPS) hosting and cloud hosting provide companies and individuals with the exact same thing. In reality, there are several key differences between VPS hosting and cloud hosting, and which would work best for your business is dependent on its size, budget, and security measures.
To put it simply, a VPS is a single server divided into several other smaller servers that can be operated independently. A dedicated server, on the other hand, connects smaller servers through a multi-use cluster—and it’s backed by SAN storage, so it’s scalable.
1. Cost Efficiency
The main benefit of VPS hosting, which you may already be familiar with, is its ability to reduce IT costs significantly. The hardware cost reduction is one reason why many large-scale companies are choosing to use virtual private servers. For small startups, budget is often a concern, and using a VPS is one way to be sure that hardware costs are being cut.
There is no denying that the price is one of the biggest and most easily identifiable differences between the two options. However, cloud hosting can be affordable, and choosing to use dedicated servers doesn’t mean that your company’s IT costs will instantly skyrocket. Companies using a shared cloud only pay slightly more than they would if they were using a VPS.
While a dedicated sever is typically the best option for companies expected to experience rapid growth over time, or businesses whose sales are influenced by seasonal market trends, there is no match for a VPS server where privacy is concerned. With a private server, you can be sure that no files or data can ever be shared via the larger server.
The servers are so separate, in fact, that they can be rebooted separately without ever affecting the others. The downfall to this is the fact that if the main server crashes, all of the individual VPS servers will go down with it. Operational performance will inevitably be affected.
Unlike cloud-based hosting, VPS hosting permits the use of several internal operating systems or programs within one server, thus allowing for close moderation of security and control. All applications are effectively privatized on an individual server. This level of control must be sacrificed with the use of dedicated servers, although the benefits may outweigh the costs.
The cloud can be described as an ecosystem, capable of rapid expansion, growth, and development over time. Dedicated servers are highly scalable and can be modified heavily to meet the changing trends your business experiences over time. New processors and RAM can be added easily and an infinite number of resources can be implemented seamlessly.
Companies with a promising future or significant fluctuations, such as those experienced by seasonal corporations, generally prefer cloud hosting due to its unlimited storage capabilities. On the other hand, a VPS server may be a more practical choice for companies without expected fluctuation or growth.
5. Hybrid Hosting
Can’t make up your mind? Contrary to popular belief, you do not always need to make a choice between VPS hosting and cloud hosting. The two can coexist together—in fact, affordable “hybrid hosting” is rapidly becoming more popular, allowing companies the best of both worlds.
A VPS server can be hosted in either a private or open cloud. For very large-scale companies with multiple dedicated servers, hybrid hosting can be very effective at building an expansive network of clouds.