One of the fastest types of server hosting available today is VPS (Virtual Private Server) Hosting. The basic concept is that data is stored on a virtual server machine which is just like a server you may have setup on site for a network.
The only thing that has changed is that the server is located somewhere else. VPS hosting configurations can prove beneficial to both the hosting company, and the client seeking the hosting services.
VPS Hosting Examined
Think of it as creating multiple servers from one server. Picture a chocolate bar with all those little squares of chocolaty goodness. Each square is a separate piece of the overall chocolate bar as a whole, and so they can be easily separated and shared.
In a similar manner, a virtual server machine can be partitioned so that you can actually have multiple virtual machines on one server.
Each server can run its own operating system, and you can even perform installs and reboots without impacting the other servers. These virtual machines do not interact with each other, as they are entirely separate and private.
Advantages to VPS Hosting
You may be asking, what is the advantage of VPS hosting as compared to more traditional dedicated hosting.
1. It removes the responsibility of maintaining a local server – this responsibility goes to the owner of the virtual server machine.
2. The cost of maintaining the server is greatly diminished because the servers share the same hardware. This can greatly reduce start up costs and overhead if you are looking to start your own web hosting business.
With dedicated hosting, the client would become the owner of the entire server, and they can request modifications as they see fit. If you are the host, this configuration would require you to own and maintain a number of different servers. If you are the client, you are paying a premium for this privilege.
Determining the Need
If cost is a consideration, and you are in need of hosting services, VPS is definitely worth looking into. If you are just starting out, chances are, you don’t need much server space. As your site grows in its storage and bandwidth needs, you may find that a virtual server machine setup is not for you. Talk with your hosting company about when and whether you should make this change.
When shopping for hosting services, you should consider a number of different hosting configurations. Ensure that you read the fine print, and that you understand what the host agrees to provide.
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