4 Reasons to Use VPS as a Hosting Solution

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Nowadays technology allows minimizing resource usage while providing equal or even better performance. Project and companies go “Green”, decreasing their emission and electricity consumption rates. Datacenters and hosting providers support those ideas, too – they setup servers with “Green” motherboards and power units and, of course, such measures bring their positive effect. However, it is still a standalone server and it still consumes much energy. And no matter how “green” those standalone servers are – 5 servers are 5 servers and 20 servers are 20 servers.

The fair question is how to make one standalone server provide the productivity of 20 servers. Not that long ago the market was blown with a technology which made it real. This technology is called Virtualization and one of the products it emerged is called a VPS – Virtual Private Server. Such servers provide performance levels equal to ones of a dedicated server and can be hosted in a couple of dozens on a so-called carrier-server – a very powerful standalone server.

Apart from this rather obvious advantage there are four reasons more to purchase such a server.

1. Affordable Pricing

Of course, a cheaper technical solution allows setting a lower price on the product. Since many modern applications and pieces of software have tough system requirements, they leave no chance for their users to use shared hosting. A dedicated server hosting solution on the other hand does not always cover ROI, which makes a purchase of a $200/month dedicated machine simple useless and  unprofitable. Fair enough, but what should such users do? Their choice is obvious – a Virtual Private Server, which (depending on the configuration) may cost ten times lower.

2. No Hardware Dependencies

Although there are several virtualization technologies, all of them exclude direct usage of server hardware. Either the hardware is virtualized, or the operating system is – regardless of the method used, in both cases the system addresses to the emulated devices via virtualized drivers. This sets the user free from such issues as hard drive and file system failures and procedures of RAID array rebuild. This means less downtime and more server stability, what is much needed for serious business. An upgrade of the VPS is also a lot easier than of a dedicated server, since RAM, disk space and other quotas are updated virtually – via the VPS management panel.

3. Increased Fail Safety

Apart from being secured from hardware failures, a VPS can also have its system secured. It is realized via snapshot taking method – an advanced method of baking-up which does not include just files, but all system meta-data, devices and drivers information, infrastructure, hierarchy and so on. Such a snapshot also known as VPS image can be used as a roll-back point or for cloning – in case you need to setup another similarly configured server. Additionally, an image of the VPS can be transferred to a another server and started up there with minimal downtime – this is a very important backdoor in case the VPS-carrier fails

4. Load Balancing and Service Distribution

People, who run serious projects, face with an issue of increased resource intensity time to time. In most cases such issues take place due to the enormous activity of one of the server services, which is the most frequently used and addressed to. If this service is web (HTTP) – you are most likely to need an additional lighter front-end server to process a part of http-requests. If it’s about email or MySQL databases – you will need a separate server to work with this service specifically. Talking about dedicated servers this may be rather costly, but if you take a couple of VPSes – their cost may not even exceed the cost of one physical machine.

As far as you can see, a VPS is a rather competitive product if compared to a dedicated server. Taking into account the minimization of failure and downtime risks and the simplicity of its maintenance a VPS may become the most rational hosting solution for a wide range of websites and online projects.

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Article by Arkadij Shkolnik

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  • Iphone 4 Jailbreak October 1, 2010, 12:07 pm

    nice article Arkadij. I have ben using VPS for almost 2 months now , and i can feel the power and ability to ustomize my won hosting

  • Ipod Touch 4G October 1, 2010, 12:08 pm

    nice article Arkadij. I have ben using VPS for almost 2 months now , and i can feel the power and ability to ustomize my won hosting

  • Aluminum Cases October 1, 2010, 1:48 pm

    We have been using a VPS for a while now. It is a great alternative for websites who have outgrown shared hosting, but may not be quite big enough for a dedicated server.

    • Ipod Touch 4G October 1, 2010, 2:03 pm

      i think dedicated is for high cpu resources . and too big sites ….

      • Aluminum Cases October 4, 2010, 4:42 pm

        For sure. There is no point using a dedicated server for a site that doesn’t need that kind of resources. With the cost of mid to high range hosting, you want use a server that matches the resources you actually need. If not, you would be overpaying.

  • wudwan October 1, 2010, 3:51 pm

    Read with interest your post, thank you very much.

  • Arkadij October 1, 2010, 4:37 pm

    Hi, Everyone!
    Thank you for your comments.

    @Aluminum Cases
    >It is a great alternative for websites who have outgrown shared hosting, but may not be quite big enough for a dedicated server.

    I agree with you. The only drawback of a VPS is the lack of space provided, even on top plans. And I have to admit, that one of the most popular reasons for an upgrade from a VPS to a dedicated machine is disk usage. A physical server lets you load it with as many HDDs as you may need and build a RAID array to reach top read-write speed, which is vital for some web projects.

  • Car Rental October 1, 2010, 9:13 pm

    Thanks for the great info about VPS. It’s really better than the shared hosting but user should be aware of the fact that VPS doesn’t mean dedicated server. A company might be selling 16 VPS on 1 dedicated server. But on the other hand, it saves you lots of money.

    • Ipod Touch 4 October 1, 2010, 10:12 pm

      selling 14 VPS on one dedicated ?? well i heard its at max 4 vps running on a machine .

  • Ipod Touch 4 October 1, 2010, 10:13 pm

    my vps only allows 1.6 GB RAM , and that too for $90/m … expensive

    • used tires October 2, 2010, 4:55 am

      @Ipod Touch, if you think it’s expensive, then why not switch?

      Till then,

      Jean

      • Ipod Touch 4 October 2, 2010, 5:07 am

        switching means downtime , and a day my blog is down i loose more than that 🙁

        • used tires October 4, 2010, 11:49 pm

          @Ipod that’s understandable then, you’re kind of stuck then is what you are saying.

          -Jean

    • Free Voip Calls October 2, 2010, 12:35 pm

      $90/m is for sure expensive…

      • Ipod 4 Touch October 2, 2010, 12:49 pm

        yes , but the service is soo good i dont want to swicth to any webhost , these guys didnt give me any reason to complain ..

        Sourish

      • Shanker Bakshi October 3, 2010, 10:32 am

        Yes $90/month is bit expensive.

    • Car Rental October 3, 2010, 7:41 pm

      I would say it’s still expensive for you. Now days you can get dedicated under $100

      • Ipod 4 Touch October 4, 2010, 8:11 am

        @ Car Rental : which one do you suggest …

        • Car Rental October 11, 2010, 12:26 pm

          @Ipod, I have previously used serverintellect, and I think they are good. I am not sure what their prices are at the moment. Note: I am not their salesman or something.

  • used tires October 2, 2010, 12:40 am

    About 2-3 years ago I had the option of either going with a VPS or a dedicated server, I choose to go with the dedicated server, not sure till this day if I made the right decision or not, but either way I think I made the right decision of at least moving away from Shared Hosting with GoDaddy.

    Till then,

    Jean

  • Alex Dumitru October 2, 2010, 10:37 am

    I have never used a VPS. I have been using a dedicated server for a few years now and I’m very satisfied with it, though I always need to do upgrades or change servers, because of increasing traffic.

  • Nepallica October 3, 2010, 2:43 am

    I think VPS hosting not that necessary for small site or newly launched sites, sites like dreamhost , rackspace is good for hosting

  • Shanker Bakshi October 3, 2010, 10:31 am

    still a little costly affair.

  • Breville JE95XL October 4, 2010, 3:56 am

    Great post. I am using shared hosting, but I think I will upgrade to VPS shortly.

  • Software Development Company October 4, 2010, 11:44 pm

    Good explanation with reason of use vps hosting server. VPS hosting server is really good solution for the site.

  • Arkadij October 5, 2010, 9:40 am

    2 Breville
    Thank you. Shared hosting is a nice solution, but if your project is constantly developing it is going to require an upgrade some day, so it’s alright. Many website owners usually use shared servers as a launch pad and once their projects rocket away – perform an upgrade. If you are not yet sure about which VPS configuration to choose – you are welcome at our blog – there are several reviews on that matter, that you may find helpful.

  • Property October 18, 2010, 6:33 am

    I think VPS may be the best technological server in the future.

  • Arkadij October 18, 2010, 6:43 am

    Hi,

    It really may be one, since virtualization technologies are becoming more and more popular. Cloud hosting, for instance, is built by virtualization means, while currently this kind of hosting solutions is considered to be the most fail-safe and powerful ones.

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  • Liberty Reserve February 19, 2011, 11:51 pm

    VPS is the best for hosting. I really love VPS Services to my Websites. Those are the Best as i think.

  • security-systems-uk March 31, 2011, 6:44 am

    VPS are certainly a force to be thought about. help save the planet a go a greener way of working

    • Arkadij Shkolnik March 31, 2011, 7:18 am

      Agree with you on that. VPS and Cloud hosting services are kind of planet savers. I believe the technology will keep going further to let us merge even more servers virtually.

  • Immortal Bikram November 15, 2011, 9:01 am

    For Small traffic it is not wise to use vps hosting. As it is very much costly . For low website shared web hosting will be good.