When you are about to create a website, you find yourself surrounded by a plethora of choices. In order to make your online business a thriving success, it is exceedingly important that you make the right choice. Every single decision that you take makes a difference in the performance of your website. If you make those decisions wisely, you can turn your business into a complete success.
Pursuing your dreams is not a tough nut to crack when you work around clearly defined goals and objectives. If you aren’t sure about what you wish to achieve in life, hindrance will always find its way to your doorstep. Same is the case with your online presence; if you are aware of the kind of business you are about to get your hands in and how much traffic your website is going to receive, you need to decide which server is the best solution for you.
Technically speaking, there are two types of servers which have gained significant traction in the modern world; Virtual Private Servers (VPS) and Cloud Hosted Servers.
We will discuss how each differs from the rest, and you can decide which server is the best possible solution for your online venture.
In the simplest of terms, VPS hosting is a part of a dedicated server machine. It works as a separate server entity but exists in the folder of a powerful host. In a VPS environment, you share space on the physical host; but you are still virtually independent.
With a VPS, you get a portion of the physical host’s CPU and memory, as if you are hosting a website on a dedicated server environment. You can also share additional resources with other virtual servers.
When certain virtual machines are interconnected within a network and act as one. When technologies are supporting a virtual environment where computers are interconnected, it is deemed a cloud environment. And when you host a server in such an environment, it is deemed as Cloud Hosting.
In cloud hosting, resources are shared among one another and systems are interconnected in a network. You get only a single data storage instance which everyone shares.
With VPS, you can find yourself in a bit of a pickle when it comes to scaling. VPS hosting offers limited scaling which translates into the fact that you can go a little above the server resources that are dedicated to you. In case you opt-in to go above the dedicated resource, you will not be able to do so as each physical host in a VPS environment has a cap.
On the other hand, cloud hosting is highly scalable which means that you can share as much server resource as you want. You can add capacity to your server based on the network traffic your website sees. While the availability of your cloud instance is present, your processing power can ultimately suffer because of the shared nature of the server.
You can customize your VPS in the same way as you can customize a dedicated server. You gain total access control over the OS of your server, and access all other server related resources in a VPS environment. However, keep in mind that each server can only run as a single physical host and only on one operating system as it is working as a dedicated server.
Although, when it comes to cloud customization, you can tweak around with a whole lot of things such as load balancers, firewalls, and IP addresses. But, when you distribute the operations across many servers, you can ultimately suffer a setback in complete hosting control. Since cloud environments are more complex, you will require more technical experts.
Cloud hosting can offer you deeper customization but at the cost of control.
With VPS hosting, you get a fixed level of server performance. It’s because your server resource is dedicated in a VPS environment. It means that you have a certain amount of CPU and storage memory on which your server runs and even if you wish to exceed that limit, you won’t be able to do so. If your requirement increases, you can always opt-in to purchase a higher VPS package to meet your needs.
However, with a cloud hosting environment, your server exists in a cloud environment where multiple servers are already present. In some instances, your server can experience a speed and performance spike; however, during other instances, your server may not experience the same speed and performance as it was experiencing a while back. Like we discussed earlier, the resources in a cloud environment are shared, and hence, the CPU and storage memory.
However, Cloud servers are better in this regard because with a VPS, you have a dedicated server solution. It means that if anything happens to your server functionality, it can ultimately break down, sending your website into a downtime mode, ultimately incurring a great loss. However, with the Cloud environment, you may not have to experience such a thing because even if your server experiences failure, your load is balanced by other servers existing on the cloud.
There are several hosting options existing on the Internet, and out of these two basic ones, VPS and Cloud are all that anybody can talk about. Now, if you are running an online business that requires security & a dedicated environment, nothing works better than a VPS hosting solution.
However, if you have an expansive business that does not require a dedicated IP, and you cannot risk downtimes, look no further than a cloud hosting solution for yourself.