Pros and Cons of a Virtual Private Server

Virtual private servers are one of the most common service solutions on the web. When most people think about web hosting, they’re actually receiving a virtual private server. Most hosting is thought of as renting out a server. However, this is actually a very specialized thing. Most web hosting is offered on a virtual private server. A virtual private server is a solution that leverages software on a single server to pretend to be multiple machines at a time. This is similar to how a computer can dual-boot, or run multiple clients of the same software at a time.

You can easily compare virtual private servers here to actual private servers. The pros and cons are fairly plain to see if you look.

The first upshot to a virtual private server is cost. Because the resources of the server are divided across multiple accounts, it’s much less expensive to get hosting on one. While this is obvious on the surface, it runs a little deeper as well: the fewer people are on a single server, the more expensive it gets not just because the resources of that server are dedicated to a single paying customer, but also because the maintenance associated with that server is now being covered by one individual. Having multiple accounts defrays multiple kinds of costs at once, not just the cost of usage.

Of course, this leads directly into the primary downside. Because multiple people will be using the same server hardware, it can lead to slowdown, especially if everyone on the same server has similar high traffic hours. This can lead to pervasive slowdown as the machine struggles to process incoming requests from multiple sources. This can also lead to issues with bandwidth. While the data center that houses the server will certainly be fine for bandwidth, individual machines are capped in their performance in this regard.

 

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Lastly, however, virtual private servers carry a nebulous “stealth” benefit, something that isn’t going to be advertised as openly. The fact is, if a virtual private server has more than one customer, the hosting company is put under even greater pressure to maintain uptime and keep it in good working order. While they should and will honor the expenditures of their individual customers on private servers, a risk to a single server that hosts virtual private server clients risks damaging a business relationship with many people at once. This makes it more of a liability for them if something goes wrong, and this can lead to greater immediate efforts to prevent trouble. It is hard to quantify, but it’s easy to see in theory and practice alike.

Virtual private servers are an excellent hosting solution no matter the nature of your business on the web. They’re the standard for web hosting, and that isn’t likely to change. Whether you’re operating a small personal website or something for a niche business that won’t be steamrolled by constant influxes of high traffic, a virtual private server is often all you’ll need to pursue greatness on the world wide web.

Info Source: 5 Reasons To Choose VPS Over Shared Hosting