Which option is best for my business or for my customer?
It’s a question we get a lot from some small and medium businesses and developers who work in applications, websites and platforms for other businesses. First of all it’s very important to note that any hosting model will enable your project, and will allow you to setup and run your applications, website and software. But beyond that, it’s great to know the main differences when choosing a VPS, Dedicated Server or a Cloud Server to host your solution.
But if all these solutions fit into my needs, why should I choose and know the differences between them?
We give you the answer: Not every application needs the same kind of resources, features and performance. Therefore, the choice will depend on the importance and the requirements of each application. To give you an high-level introduction about these 3 different kinds of hosting, we will explain what are the main differences between them.
A VPS is a Virtual Private Server and it’s a kind of shared hosting. Your resources are a part of the whole, it isn’t easily scalable and you pay for the resources that you think you need, not the ones you’ll effectively use. It’s important to know that your resources performance could be affected by high consumption from other users applications.
A Dedicated Server is the opposite of a VPS. It’s not shared hosting and you have all resources at your disposal. It’s less scalable than a VPS, however it’s potentially more performant, because you’re not sharing the resources with anyone. Your resources are the whole and not a part of the whole. This kind of hosting solutions is always more expensive, because there is more hardware involved and you get the entire resources, even those not being used. It is highly inefficient, but sometimes more useful, especially when you need full control of the platform.
A Cloud Server, is the latest and most flexible type of hosting that is a blend of both models above. This type of hosting enables on-demand network access to a shared pool of computing resources. The user can provision the resources itself, like CPU, Disk, RAM and Bandwidth without any human interaction with the service provider. Resource scalability is easy and fast and the user only pays for the used resources. The main feature of this model is the flexibility that it offers, as you get what you want, when you decide to. And you control it like a real pay-per-use model that is delivered as a utility, just like electricity or water at home. You pay for what you need and nothing else, avoiding yearly or monthly fixed fees. Only per hour or per usage fees, usually after you’ve used, not before.
Please have a look to a comparison of a VPS, Dedicated Server and Cloud Server: