Companies have plenty of options today when it comes to managing their servers. They can be dedicated in-house hardware, they can be dedicated but hosted by an outside company, or they can be shared with other firms.
Of course, each option comes at a different cost, with different benefits. Even with a variety of server options available, some companies have clamored that they had needs that weren’t being met by these choices.
This gave rise to another means by which companies could have their servers hosted: Virtual Private Server Hosting. Here are six facts about VPS that everyone should know.
They’re a great option for small businesses
Virtual private servers divide one physical server into multiple virtual servers, which equals more bang for the buck. Since it requires significantly less hardware, the costs are lower. Small businesses also get the perks of a dedicated server in terms of management, performance, and security without the high cost.
They bridge the gap
A blend between sharing a hosted web service and a dedicated hosted service, virtual private servers give customers root-level administrative permissions, which means the benefits of a dedicated hosted service with the lower cost of a shared hosted service.
Programs are able to operate safely in a virtual private server thanks to sandbox security. This is an environment in which untested programs can be checked to ensure they will run on the actual server.
Shared web server hosting may be the least expensive route, but it comes with security risks and the potential for down time on a website during high peak traffic. With the power of a virtual private server, one company can run multiple websites, which equals greater personalization and performance.
The concept of dividing servers isn’t new and in fact has been around since the era of mainframe computers. Thanks to cloud computing and virtualization technology advancements, companies no longer have “either or” choices.
Combining cost savings with the benefits of a dedicated server (whether it’s hosted in the cloud or not) also comes with the security, administration, and personalization most companies expect and indeed require today.
With that said, companies that choose the virtual private server route should have IT administrative know-how or hire a consultant or consulting company to manage it. Since there are many ways to customize a virtual private server environment, getting the most out of it can be accomplished with smart configurations and excellent management.