It can be confusing to go through the different options in web hosting to find the best match for your company’s requirements. Two of the options that are offered by most web hosting services are VPS or dedicated virtual server hosting and dedicated server hosting.
While they sound close to the same dedicated virtual server hosting is different from dedicated server hosting. The differences can make a big impact on your business, so it is worth the time to stop and consider the options before choosing one over the other.
What is VPS?
VPS (virtual private server) hosting offers a lower price option to the dedicated server. With VPS your website and stored information are portioned or separated from other companies that are using the same server. In essence, the physical server is partitioned into multiple, private virtual servers.
This allows your business to be able to make changes to the server that only impact your “virtual” server, not the physical server. You or your IT team will have root privileges to make these changes, but the web hosting service will manage and maintain the physical server.
For most companies, this provides an ideal cost and programming combination. There is the freedom to make changes, but then also not all the time required for dedicated server management.
In reality, most online businesses that are small to mid-sized will not need a dedicated server. The websites that have heavy traffic, which is usually millions of customers per year, will benefit from having their own, completely dedicated server.
The cost of the dedicated server is much more than the dedicated virtual server hosting option. If you aren’t sure which is best, talk to your hosting company to get a better perspective of the costs, benefits, and advantages of each.
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