A Virtual Private Server (VPS) is a virtual machine that resides on a server with other virtual machines. With a VPS, you have your own operating system installation. As a result, you have much greater control over system configuration. You can install programs and applications that are unsupported or not allowed on shared hosting accounts.

Each VPS is allocated a fair portion of all server resources including:

  • Hard Disk Space
  • Memory/RAM
  • Processor Power
  • Network Access and capabilities

Once a server is split into separate VPS accounts, each VPS can then run independently and will not be affected by the other VPS accounts on the one physical server.

 

Advantages of a VPS?
The true benefits of having a VPS over shared hosting include:

 

Privacy/Security – Each VPS is independent of the others on the server so you can be sure that your websites, information, and data are never affected by other user accounts or websites.

 

Reliability – Since your VPS is independent, you will not deal with server downtime due to another user’s website problems or errors.

 

Guaranteed Resources – You are guaranteed a set minimum amount of processor power, disk space, and memory so your websites will have all the resources they need.

 

Flexibility/Customization – Since your VPS will run its own independent operating system, you can load programs and scripts, make custom changes to settings, and tailor the system to your needs which is not always permitted on restricted shared hosting accounts.

 

Price – You share hardware costs with multiple users, so your monthly bill is less.

 

Why a VPS is right for you?
Virtual Private Servers are the perfect solution for the small business, or a website that has outgrown a shared hosting account. VPS technology is a great alternative to a dedicated server when power and reliability are needed, but not a hefty price tag.