Struggling to figure out the difference between a VPS vs dedicated server?
Unlike shared hosting, both a VPS, short for virtual private server, and a dedicated server give your site its own resources. However, they accomplish this in slightly different ways and at radically different price points, so you’ll want to make sure you choose the right solution for your needs.
In this post, we’ll compare VPS hosting vs dedicated hosting in detail to help you understand the key differences and pick the approach that’s right for your needs and budget.
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What’s the difference between VPS vs dedicated hosting?
Before we can compare these two types of hosting, we first need to define them…
What is a VPS?
With a VPS, you still share a server’s resources with other users. However, unlike shared hosting, your site still gets dedicated resources in its share of the server.
For example, if the server has 8 GB of RAM, your VPS might get 1 GB of that 8 GB of RAM. The important thing, though, is that you never need to share that 1 GB of RAM with anyone else – it’s 100% yours.
To divide these resources, a VPS hosting provider uses something called a hypervisor to create virtual machines for each customer on that server. It’s not really important to understand the technology – you just need to know that each account on the VPS is completely isolated from the other accounts.
Let’s look at housing as an analogy. A VPS is kind of like a condominium building. If you own a condo in a building, that condo is 100% yours. Your neighbors can’t just commandeer your living room because they’re throwing a big house party (that’s how shared hosting works!).
However, you also don’t own the entire building – you’re still just one condo of many. This means you can’t, say, decorate the entire building. In server terms, this means you can’t customize the hardware according to your needs because you’re still just one tenant in the server.
What is a dedicated server?
As the name suggests, a dedicated server means that you get the entire physical server dedicated to your website(s). Instead of getting just a part of the server like you do with a VPS, you get the whole thing.
In addition to potentially getting you more resources, the big advantage of this approach is that you have full control over the actual physical hardware inside your server and the software that’s running on it.
For example, maybe you prefer AMD processors to Intel processors – you have that level of control with a dedicated server. You can also control every single piece of software on that physical hardware.
Let’s go back to the housing analogy. In this scenario, a dedicated server would be like buying your own house.
This article was written by ThemeIsle Editorial and originally published on ThemeIsle Blog.