What is a dedicated server?
A dedicated server is exactly what it sounds like. The entire physical server is yours to use, and yours alone. Depending on whether you want it to be self-managed or managed by the hosting company, you can do pretty much anything you wish with the server. This includes the power to:
- Manage the actual hardware.
- Maintain control over the storage.
- Monitor and manage the server however you like.
What is a virtual private server (VPS)?
A virtual private server is server software that runs in a virtualized environment that shares hardware and storage. Meaning, your site will occupy a virtual machine on hardware that’s also hosting other sites. Many virtual servers run on a single physical server, yet share their:
You will rarely (if ever) see any evidence that this sharing exists. That’s because hosting providers isolate your VPS from the other virtual servers with which you share a physical server.
Differences between VPS and dedicated servers
Now that you’ve got a basic understanding of how dedicated servers and virtual private servers work, let’s dig into the differences between these hosting options.
The most noticeable difference between a dedicated server and VPS is the price. For example, even the most expensive Linux-based VPS may cost less per month than the least expensive dedicated Linux server — even with identical configurations. Which brings to mind the second difference between the two.
You must consider configuration when deciding between dedicated server and VPS options. Hosting providers generally provide the capability for a lot more horsepower in a dedicated server than with a virtual server.
If your business requires memory-intensive server applications — such as applications that convert graphics or videos in real time, run Big Data-style analytics, or handle many encrypted sessions with end users — you’re going to want the extra memory. That’s where making the wrong hosting choice could have an impact.
Likewise, you should also think through network bandwidth and physical storage differences. A VPS shares the server’s storage space and network bandwidth with all of the other virtual servers on that piece of hardware; dedicated servers don’t. In fact, they have complete ownership of their bandwidth.
Then there’s performance. Both VPS and dedicated servers offer high performance, but dedicated may be more predictable. Reason being, all of the processing power, memory, storage, and bandwidth are working on your tasks. On a VPS, you will generally have all the performance you need, but the amount of available resources depends on the resource utilization of all the other virtual machines on that physical server.
What you gain in bandwidth and performance on a dedicated server, you may trade off when it comes to flexibility. That’s where VPS rules. A big benefit to a VPS is the ease with which you can make changes to its physical configuration. Why? It’s virtual. Need more storage, bandwidth, or memory? Just contact your hosting provider, and chances are, a service rep can assign the change in short order.
By contrast, making such changes to a dedicated server (a genuine hardware device) requires an actual human being to assist, or may require a migration to a different server. And that is more difficult, and therefore, may be more expensive.
Managed hosting services
Company capabilities also matter — particularly when it comes to a potential scenario of migrating from one type of hosting to another. Most small- and mid-sized businesses benefit greatly from managed services, where the hosting provider takes care of many server management tasks on your behalf. Conversely, if you decide to manage your servers yourself, it’s on you to migrate your applications and data, test the new setup thoroughly, and manage all aspects of the experience.
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So what to do? Consider a dedicated server if you see significant traffic and major applications in your future. For example, let’s say you’re building an e-commerce site that you anticipate will get a lot of traffic. You’ll may need the power and advanced security and management capabilities of dedicated server hosting.
On the other hand, consider a VPS if your plans entail less heavy lifting. Think email servers for a smaller company, multiple WordPress blogs, or significant document or image storage. For these, virtual private servers may be the better option for your workload and your budget.
You might prefer to start small by putting your company’s website on a smaller VPS, then see what happens with traffic in a month, six months, a year. The VPS may perfectly match your needs. If at some point you need to migrate, configuring a new server so you can move from a VPS to a dedicated server isn’t a huge deal. The key is partnering with a hosting company that offers both dedicated and virtual private servers.