Advantages and disadvantages of VPS.
Today, Virtual Private Servers, also known as VPS, can combine the best of both server worlds – without the disadvantages that other forms of virtual hosting or dedicated servers sometimes bring with them.
The contact restrictions during the Corona crisis have shown one thing very clearly in the US: Business meetings, business negotiations or a structured workflow at home perform surprisingly well in many cases, even without physical presence in a common location such as an office, and it works reliably as well.
The experiences of the last few weeks in 2021 could lead to a radical rethinking in the economic area in the future as well. After all, many processes and procedures could not only be detoxified with the newly acquired “remote knowledge”, but also noticeably accelerated. That’s good news. Basically.
But the “new” working conditions during the Corona period have also shown that the digital infrastructure in the US cannot always really keep up. There is still room for improvement. Even with smaller online conferences or private video sessions, it was painfully apparent in some places what the problem was: Long loading or waiting times and choppy lines regularly caused problems. Even with simple sales transactions on the Internet or streaming web videos, a substantial number of online people had the impression that the Internet was not ‘running’ smoothly – sometimes faster, sometimes slower.
And yes, there are some reasons for that. Because when half of the US works from home, significantly more people are online simultaneously. Incidentally, not only for work, but also to pass the time. However, it were not just outdated, poorly performing lines and the sometimes incomplete supply of high-speed Internet that made the difference, but also problems with in-house server capacities that could actually be resolved quickly. This also led to intermittent faltering Internet presence, shaky news feeds or even yawning slow purchasing processes.
Should i use VPS hosting?
During the Corona crisis, numerous small and medium-sized companies reacted to the increased online demand by revising their web offers, introducing additional website features or setting up completely new online shops. But there was a problem with this: the more powerful the applications, the more powerful the server environment must be.
Nevertheless, many shop owners, web administrators and website operators still shy away from switching from “cheap web hosting” to a more professional solution, often out of concern about significantly higher costs. A fallacy. Because there is a high-performance, cost-effective alternative to expensive dedicated web servers and regular shared hosting: VPS containers. This web hosting system usually not only offers a better price-performance ratio to the required increase in performance, but also optimizes the down and upload speed significantly compared to shared hosting.
Is VPS hosting worth it?
As we said: A powerful virtual private server combines the best of both server worlds. Because a VPS can basically do everything that a traditional dedicated server can do. Yes, and this is where the great advantages begin, it can do it without the problems of dedicated and shared hosting:
- VPS servers offer a high degree of flexibility and freedom when setting up the server
- VPS servers offer their own IP address that does not have to be shared with other users
- VPS servers enable the availability of the entire server capacity. Not just a small part of the hard drive, RAM or CPU, as is the case with shared packages.
In practice, this ensures short loading times, happy users and lower costs. At the same time, the administrator has less operating and maintenance costs than with his own hardware system. In addition, the often very expensive acquisition costs for the physical server (dedicated hosting) are eliminated, as is the mandatory expenditure for wear, repair or replacement of individual components.
Another bonus is that a VPS is basically never threatened with total failure: In contrast to a dedicated physical server or a shared plan, the VPS is not tied to any special hardware components. Even restarting the VPS is possible without any problems, as with a ‘classic’ server. In addition, a complete clone, e.g. for test purposes, can be created and ready for use in a very short time.
VPS also allow full root access for the administrator. This means that server applications such as PHP, Apache and MySQL can be easily installed and individually configured to your heart’s content.
If necessary, a VPS can also offer more than just the guaranteed minimum performance. Because when there are significant performance peaks, the VPS really starts to shine: The hypervisor can, if necessary, access the unused performance of other VPSs. As a result, the performance of a server can be scaled up in the short term. Conventional shared and dedicated servers, on the other hand, are usually overwhelmed at this point and “bend their knees”, to put it graphically.
Experienced hosting providers such as Linux Hosts Inc. (see the start of this article) also offer a large number of different control panels to help with VPS administration. Even users with only rudimentary beginner knowledge are able to take over the server administration on their own.
Popular content management systems such as “WordPress” or “Joomla!”, but also high-performance “Magento” or “Shopware” installations, can be installed and used quickly and easily. Even the integration and administration of SSL certificates is usually possible with administration programs such as “Hepsia”, “Plesk”, “CPanel”, “Webmin”, “Web-Cp”, or “VHCS”, and it’s really easy.
Best of all: the whole process works without compromising on safety; on the contrary: VPS again offer advantages here, especially when it comes to data protection.
While a customer has to share one and the same server with other websites with shared web hosting, this is not the case when using a VPS, as he has a virtual, private server. Compared to the shared competition, this provides significantly better protection against typical dangers of shared website hosting such as data phishing, hacking, DOS attacks and server overload, just to name a few.
Disadvantages of VPS.
It’s amazing, but it’s true: one of the few potential downsides to VPS is also one of its biggest advantages. Because, as already described, the VPS containers are not tied to individual, physical servers. This brings the advantages mentioned, but also means that VPS are dependent on a “host system”. And here is the disadvantage of VPS:
Should the higher-level system fail or be switched off, this also affects the VPS. Thankfully, that happens very seldom. Incidentally, physical servers that have to be restarted would also have the problem.
Another small disadvantage, which is hardly significant, are the resources that the hypervisor needs. In rare, more theoretical cases, this can mean that the supported guest systems run (briefly) more slowly. But that’s it for the disadvantages.
Why use VPS hosting?
In short, modern VPS are suitable for all users for whom a reliable trio of performance, security and scalability is equally important. In addition, the limiting and expensive disadvantages of the physical server are eliminated.
With VPS you can not only set up online shops quickly, but also share data such as documents, photos or videos with colleagues. The management of important customer data is also excellent, as is the hosting of game servers or large multi sites. In connection with the possibility of reacting quickly to changing requirements, the change is therefore suitable for many users.
Pros and cons of VPS hosting – a conclusion.
As you can see, a VPS has no real disadvantages in practice, but only advantages. However, you must of course deal with a good web hosting provider that allows as few customers as possible to share the same VPS server (absolutely NO overselling!), a company with always updated top infrastructure, very experienced admins and support engineers. We have been with the company Linux Hosts Inc. for years. (see the start of this post) with our VPS hosting and we are still very satisfied with their services. Try them out and good luck with your VPS!