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What is VPS Hosting?

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The two most common modes of hosting a website are shared hosting and dedicated server hosting. While shared hosting is cheap, it offers very little control to you and quality might not be the greatest. A dedicated server, while offering you good control over server administration, is not very cost-effective for most websites. This is where VPS hosting chips in for you.

Virtual Private Server or VPS is a method of partitioning a single server into multiple servers, such that each has its own operating system and can be managed independently of the other partitions. In essence, VPS hosting gives you the best of shared hosting and dedicated hosting under one roof.

How it became popular


Although it has become very popular in the recent years, it is not a new concept. In fact, VPS has been employed on mainframe computers for a long time now. However, with the emergence of new virtualization technologies, VPS hosting has become easier and a very viable option for web hosting.

Performance

Since each partition acts as a standalone server, it doesn’t have to share bandwidth with the other virtual servers and hence you get the whole bandwidth that is provided to you by your web host. It can be rebooted as and when you want independent of the main server without disturbing the other partitions that are being hosted.

VPS hosting gives you the freedom to choose and install any kind of software that you want as there is no centralized administration of all the servers. This provides a great advantage over the other kinds of hosting where you have to rely on the web host to provide you with support for the type of content of programming environment that you want to use for your website.

Cost

Dedicated servers cost you more because you have the responsibility of setting up everything and also have to administer the whole hardware and software yourself. In VPS hosting, the web host offers the servers to you and gives you the freedom to manage it the way you want. Since you do not have to own a server and share the main server with others, you don’t have to pay as much.

Best thing since sliced bread?

As is the case with any other hosting service, VPS hosting has its own share of potential problems. However in this case, the problem is not with the service itself, but with how it is marketed by web hosting providers. Not all providers will give you the same quality of service.

Even though you have a whole virtual server for yourself, it does have its limitations. You must carefully consider how much your website is going to grow over the months so that you can have the requisite hardware. If you website grows very big, and you run out of the CPU clocks and RAM, then you might find it very difficult to change services again.

VPS hosting is a great solution for most of the website out there, except for a select few, whose bandwidth and hardware requirements are extremely high. People having small businesses or who want to run a personal website will greatly benefit from a virtual private server.

 

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