When planning for a new application or upgrading your website, there is a point at which you will have to make a decision on how and where to host it. In hosting, there are myriads of options available including shared hosting, self-hosting, VPS hosting, and cloud-based hosting. Virtual private server (VPS) hosting can be defined as a solution in between dedicated servers and cloud-based hosting. In fact, cloud-based servers can be VPS though virtual private servers are not cloud. To help you see the importance of virtual private server (VPS) hosting, here are a few of the benefits offered.
1. Increased stability and reliability
The VPS provider will take over availability including redundancy and switch-overs at network and machine levels. In such cases, the economies of scale allow the provider to do a better job than you could do in-house. A hosted VPS offers the same level of stability and reliability as a dedicated server at a fraction of the cost. Although shared hosting is cheaper, this option has security issues that can have a negative effect on the levels of stability and reliability. For instance, when there’s a spam site on a shared host, the IP address that is shared by all the hosted sites might be blacklisted.
2. Added control
When you opt for shared hosting, your hosting service provides a software environment that is applicable to most of their users. However, there might come a time when you’ll need to customize or tweak your environment to support specific site or app requirements. In such a case, you’ll have to request your host to change the environment, which takes time and does not always happen. When using a virtual private server, adding or removing custom packages is easy and painless.
Even if you don’t consider yourself a tree hugger, using VPS hosting ensures you reduce the carbon footprint of your web presence. When implementing VPS, one large server is partitioned into multiple virtual environments, sharing it out to multiple users. Since the resources used by the physical server deliver more services, the implementation of a VPS translates to reduced carbon footprint, making this option more eco-friendly than a dedicated server.
If you run an established website with very low variance in terms of the expected web traffic, the ability to scale up is not very important. But for startups hoping to grow or mobile applications that could grow in popularity very fast, scalability is crucial. VPS hosting allows you to scale your back-end with minimal issues and no downtime.
While the pay per request model favored by cloud providers might be cheaper for larger web-apps that have drastic variations in traffic, VPS hosting offers smaller websites the best value for money. Essentially, a VPS is a dedicated server that costs much less and requires fewer resources.