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Do I need a VPS or a Dedicated Server?

You have come to the conclusion that your business needs an independent server environment. Whether for traffic volume, resource requirements or security considerations (or perhaps all of these factors), basic shared hosting is not going to cut it.

Before you start your search for a web host , you first have to decide what kind of server option to go for. Is a virtual private server the way to go, or is dedicated more in line with your needs? Let’s take a look at these two hosting solutions in a little more detail.

VPS in a nutshell

A VPS gives you an independent environment , without the high costs associated with a dedicated server, since you are sharing the server hardware with other users. If your website is growing and requires plenty of resources and power paired with reliability, a VPS might be just the ticket and is a good step up from shared hosting.

For those technically inclined

  • Running proprietary programs or applications?
  • Want a specific operating system or database?
  • Need to customize your environment?

Dedicated servers in a nutshell

With a dedicated server hosting plan, the server is yours and yours alone. You lease the server from the host and do not share it with other users. For this reason, dedicated server options are considerably more expensive than VPS solutions, but offer additional benefits that a virtual private server simply can’t.

  • In brief, power and speed with a dedicated server are second to none in the hosting space. Rather than a guaranteed portion of resources, resources are dedicated 100% to a single customer. You can always count on the performance of your dedicated server.
  • A step up from VPS, with a dedicated server you get complete control over all your hardware and software components. There are also no limits to what you can do and what you can run with a dedicated server, whereas with a VPS you may have restrictions around software or applications.
  • Some businesses, whether for regulatory compliance or other organizational security considerations , require the completely isolated set-up of a dedicated server. Sharing is not an option.

VPS versus Dedicated at a glance

VPS Dedicated
Customization Generally very accommodating, but there may be limits to the software and programs that are permitted. Completely customizable. No restrictions to what you can do.
Resources Minimum base allocation guaranteed. 100% dedicated. Full, guaranteed access to all resources.
Cost A cost effective step up from shared hosting. Most expensive hosting option. Investment is significant.
Security Independence from other users means increased safety of your website, data and information. Fully isolated data. A cut above a VPS’ environment.
Performance With a shared server, you can run the risk of being affected by other users and traffic spikes during peak times. Performance can be inconsistent. Steady and predictable. Most powerful option.

Now that you have a better grasp of these two types of hosting, you should have a good idea of which one is the right fit for your business and be ready to search either VPS hosting providers or dedicated server hosts - click here to find your perfect host!

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