VPS stands for virtual private server. What is a server? A server is that physical machine which is another computer that a computer connects to. It “serves” data or programs to the requesting computer that requests it. A server is commonly found operating in businesses, often in large corporations or networked work situations. Servers form part of the great internet or web of computers that circle the world. Virtual private servers, as the name implies, is not a physical machine. It is a “virtual” machine within a machine. Virtual private servers are often offered by internet or web hosting services as a service for companies. There are managed hosting that hosting companies offer to meet this demand for a lower priced alternative.
Company websites are stored on servers that are maintained by hosting companies. Normally, if the site is simple, or not requiring a lot of additional functionality or the traffic is not heavy, these things go on the traditional shared hosting service. A shared hosting service, to simplify it, is kind of like renting space on a server. The rented space shares the resources of the server along with other spaces rented by other entities. Assuming traffic and functionality form part of the criteria, when demand goes up, so does the need to upgrade to either a managed hosting or a dedicated server. Functionality of a site depends largely on the kind of features that a company wants on the website. If there are some tools or like apps to do a specific function, the site will need more computing power. In the case of the kind of data being accessed, if the company decides to host a lot of media files or big amounts of data, then more resources on the server is required. Those factors affect the company decision on
whether to upgrade its hosting plan.
A dedicated server basically is renting or setting up the entire server for use of the company site. That can be done by a hosting company or by the company itself using its own facilities. The VPS is a quick lower-priced solution if having a dedicated server is in the long-term plan. Essentially, a managed hosting plan gives a company the power to have its own server that resides within a physical server. The virtual private server has its own storage space, RAM, a given bandwidth, and operating system or OS—either Windows based or Linux. The company can use the VPS with its network—add or install programs from it. Administrators can have root access and do pretty much the same operations, much like in a dedicated server.
One good point about having a managed hosting plan is that the hosting company will still be in charge of the maintenance. The worry of having a dedicated team to ensure that the virtual private server is up all the time is taken away from the company.
Of course, because the hosting company itself is a commercial enterprise, the level of the managed hosting service should always be at the top level. The hassle of upgrading into the latest technology is taken away from the customer. It will not be uncommon for hosting companies to boast of technology. The hosting company will most likely sell a service that features service running on quad or hex core processors. Solid state drives or SSDs are also likely to be mentioned. SSDs are a step up from the older hard disk drives and have no mechanical parts that can break. Service interruptions are less likely to happen with these drives. Companies will also have a choice on the RAM allocation and bandwidth.