What is Virtual Private Server (VPS)

Sold as a service by an internet hosting provider, a virtual private server (VPS) is an isolated machine on a physical server. Depending on the specifications of the physical server, several virtual private servers can be created on a single physical server.

In a technical sense, VPS hosting is both shared hosting and technical hosting as it mimics a dedicated server within a shared hosting environment. A server within a big server with its own copy of operating system and allocated server resources, VPS uses virtualization technology to split a powerful server into multiple virtual servers. Since VPS is a ‘private’ server, you won’t have to share RAM, CPU, or any data with other users.

o truly understand the benefit of using VPS, one needs to compare it with the other two web hosting options available today—dedicated hosting and shared hosting. Considered the most common form of web hosting, shared hosting works well for many website owners but there are several downsides to it, mainly because you have to share the server. If you opt for shared hosting, then the increased traffic on the server is likely to affect your website’s performance.

While you get complete control over your resources and can customize software to meet your individual needs, dedicated hosting can be extremely expensive. For most people, it’s like buying a car they can barely afford. So, unless you’re loaded and have no financial constraints, then it’s best to ditch this hosting option. This leaves us with only one, truly viable web hosting option i.e. VPS hosting.

VPS offers the best of both dedicated hosting and shared hosting. Your website is the only domain allocated to a dedicated virtual server. This means that you have dedicated storage, unlimited bandwidth, powerful CPU, your own operating system, and a scalable RAM. And, all this is available for far less than what you’d have to pay for dedicated hosting.