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Dedicated Server vs VPS – Which Is Best For You?

Written by Marius Rimkus
on January 07, 2020

As more and more businesses continue to emphasize on an online presence, there has been increased interest in the factors that detail the creation of a website.

One such factor is web hosting servers. Every website needs a hosting service to be accessible. A hosting server is an internet service that provides all the tools necessary to make your site available on the internet.

While evolving technology has afforded us a variety of hosting servers, there are two dominant types of servers: dedicated and virtual private servers – used by individuals and businesses around the globe.

But what is the best option for your business? Let’s find out:

 

What Is Virtual a Private Server (VPS)?

A virtual private server is a service where multiple websites are using the same server. Now, these websites have their own resource parameters to help them function without issues.

Compared to shared hosting services, websites using VP servers also ‘share´ resources from the same server. However, the critical difference is that with VP servers, a software called ‘hypervisor’ can sometimes ‘borrow’ unused resources from a website if the said website experiences load related issues.

Usually, VP servers are utilized by smaller websites like independent WordPress blogs, or larger personal websites that need a decent resource to function correctly. However, with VP server services getting better and better, even medium-sized companies have started adopting VP servers.

 

Advantages of Virtual Private Servers

Virtual private servers are growing in importance. Here are a few benefits of using them:

Allow You to Scale

When it comes to scalability, VP Servers offer the best in terms of finding a middle ground between shared and dedicated hosting.

With virtual private servers, you can leverage additional computational power as your needs grow. As your website gets bigger, you can scale further without problems.

Offers Increased Flexibility

VP servers provide the best flexibility in terms of performance. You can choose from a variety of performance tweaks that are implemented virtually.

Due to the presence of a hypervisor, load management is seamless, and there are fewer crashes and speed issues. VP servers perform well when it comes to handling surges in traffic and resource requirements.

Another advantage of VP servers is the ability to customize it virtually in terms of adding applications and resources. It is easier to customize VP servers but time-consuming and costly for dedicated servers being physically present.

Cost-Effective

VP servers are priced right in the middle of the spectrum between shared hosting and dedicated server services. The cost of VP Services is balanced and not as expensive compared to dedicated servers.

VP servers also offer multiple tiers of performance that have different prices, so you have options to settle with a price you can afford. But, sometimes, these price models can be confusing due to the number of options that can be chosen.

 

What Is a Dedicated Server?

Dedicated servers are the MVPs of hosting services. While they are not virtualized, such servers are often called Bare Metal. As the name implies, with dedicated servers, you get an entire chunk of resources at your disposal to use as you want.

You have complete access to all resources present on the server, which allows absolute control over the network, hard drive storage capacity, processing power, and memory capabilities.

Compared to VPS and shared services, you have more room to experiment when you scale without depending on software to define your parameters. So if you want to install software, you have ample resources to do so without problems or time constraints.

 

Advantages of Dedicated Server

Having dedicated resources may work in favor of your business. Here are some advantages of a dedicated server:

Increased Performance Potential

With dedicated servers, you get as many resources as you’d like without worrying about having to share them with other websites or users. You get unparalleled computational speed without the threat of downtime, regardless of a traffic surge.

Virtual Private servers perform well too, but at the end of the day, the resources are shared with other websites, and it is not a 100 percent guarantee that you will be given resources instantly. This also limits some features within VP servers, and sites tend to suffer.

Websites and applications running on dedicated servers have zero slowdowns during traffic surge and with guaranteed resources at their disposal, perform better, giving an overall better experience to users.

Scalability

Dedicated servers offer more room in terms of scalability. When your website grows in different aspects, you will already have all the resources you’d need to see it perform at its max.

Compared to VP servers, scalability is not a problem with dedicated servers since you are not sharing any resources with other websites. You have a bigger window for experimentation and software installation with resources to spare. To look even further, on most cases, you can upgrade your dedicated server while adding more RAM, GPU, NVMe and SSD/HDD storage. You can even order more dedicated servers and use them as a cluster connected into a private VLAN.

Security

Dedicated servers are also less prone to malicious attacks than VPSes. The reason being, VP servers use resources present on the same server, so if one website is affected, other sites tend to be affected by the same issues as well.

Shared resources are prone to internet threats, which is why larger companies and websites tend to sway away from VP servers and opt for dedicated servers that offer better security features.

As a result, dedicated servers are not only more reliable in terms of performance, but better in terms of providing security for your website.

 

The Verdict

Both Virtual Private and Dedicated servers come with their own set of pros and cons, and making a choice could be confusing in the beginning.

If you own a smaller or personal website that doesn’t need too many resources, you can opt for VPS. Virtual private servers will offer you the flexibility you will need to switch between different tiers of options and payments.

Larger companies always opt for dedicated servers that offer better scalability. So if you own a larger website or application that gets a lot of traffic, contains media files, and resource-intensive graphics, you should choose a dedicated server to ensure your website doesn’t experience any downtime or overloads.

Having your own set of dedicated resources will allow you to scale and experiment without worrying about security threats that come with shared resources. Ultimately, the choice rests on your unique set of requirements and budgetary constraints.

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