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Comparing The Pros and Cons Between Cloud Servers vs VPS

You may be wondering what is the difference between Virtual Private Server and Cloud Servers?  The quick answer is amount of resources, scalability, redundancy and price.

That being said, If you are in the process of looking for a new hosting solution for your company or already have one but not sure if it is the best solution, then you'll want to read this article for more specific details regarding this question.

First we need to understand the terminology that is being used by various hosting providers because some hosting companies are using words like "cloud computing" or "cloud hosting" but these terms are not very specific in regards to what exactly they are offering so let's begin by defining all of the important terms being used to describe the types of hosting options 

Option One: Virtual Private Server

This hosting option has a few alias's such as VPS, Virtual Dedicated Server and VDS.  We'll refer to it in this article as VPS.

The important things to know about VPS is that this is not one dedicated server that's being used just by you and your company - this is actually one physical server that is split up into many virtual machines that are configured to act like unique physical servers.  And all of these virtual machines utilize the same server resources.

This may be a good option if you are on a limited budget and don't mind a virtual hosting environment where computing resources such as CPU performance, RAM, and bandwidth are shared amongst all of the other virtual machines on the server.  But keep in mind, that high traffic sites that get a lot of traffic may experience performance issues or even website failure on a VPS which in turn can create a lot of headaches for you and your website manager.  Something else to keep in mind is that on a shared server, all sites on the server effect the over-all security and performance of the server and if one site gets hacked in any of the virtual spaces, your VPS may become vulnerable as well, even if you are doing all of the right things to keep your server safe. Lastly, a virtual private server does not offer the redundant infrastructure you would have on a cloud server.  This means the server your VPS is running on is most likely a standalone server with a single network interface, single power supply and only one disk drive controller. So if any one of these components of the server fail, your VPS would go down as well.


Option Two: Cloud Servers

Cloud hosting servers are also referred to as Virtual Machine [VM] and Infrastructure as a Service [IaaS].

A cloud server has a much larger infrastructure that is designed for scalability and redundancy in all directions making it easy to add more resources to your server such as RAM, processors, disk and more including full server backups for restoration.

Cloud platforms utilize resources from multiple servers and can receive unlimited storage [SAN storage], maximum bandwidth [with load balancing] and won't have to rely on any one piece of hardware.  This also makes your web application more redundant, meaning if a network interface fails, a physical server or disk drive, the cloud server remains up and running since there is always full system and network redundancy built into the cloud platform. These servers allow for a custom infrastructure allowing clients to have their own specific operating system, network architecture and firewalls for trusted security.


In short, the cloud server gives you a cloud hosting environment without limits.

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