While both a dedicated server and a VPS hosting server can be managed or unmanaged, fully supported or partly supported, it is possible to find low budget dedicated boxes that do not offer as much power and options as higher quality VPS servers. This means that each server company must be examined on its own merits and record.
Site Administration Counts
Since both VPS hosting and a dedicated server offer many similar services and benefits, choosing the best option may involve other considerations. it has been suggested that the hands-on business and technical administration of a well-run VPS may be of a higher quality and more dependable because of the simple fact that with more customers at each machine, the potential for increased customer dissatisfaction is greater. Not only is there constant vigilance for hardware problems, but it is possible for the customer to receive a virtual console for quick self-diagnosing performance issues at his own virtual site.
Certainly, where privacy is a serious concern, the dedicated server insures that no other files exist but those placed there by the renter. With full control of the server and no shared space, more than 100 GB of RAM is protected and available 24/7. The configurability is amazing, and even though processing power and memory are defined, large applications and multiple tasks can be handled without problem.
The dedicated server also allows the user to easily create and customize multiple domain sites at one location for uniformity in business protocols or information relays. This can simplify the administration and support of these sites and be cost-effective overall. Scalability is also generally easier. Some businesses choose to become their own web host and sub-lease extra unused server space to offset the extra expense of paying for this monster-capacity server. Some experts consider dedicated servers to be overall more consistent in performance, IO throughput, and CPU response.
The VPS Hosting usually offers 50 – 100 GB of memory with a moderately high bandwidth, allowing the customer root access to build or add websites, blogs, mail servers, a proxy server for security, and data storage while continuously incorporating multiple web applications. Standard firewall rules apply and redundant storage offers extra protection. When RAID is part of the package, recovery is faster and costly downtime is reduced.
Another interesting feature that expands the potential for VPS hosting is the ‘burstable’ property that allows extra CPU time and/or memory when there is availability and site need. Unfortunately resource starvation can be an occasional issue because of multiple users on the same machine and the metered bandwidth capacity, the limited processer power, and the finite memory storage. Some companies will shift their VPS users from one machine to another to minimize crowding or even limit the number of users per machine. Having a fixed measure of server resources can become a serious concern when traffic becomes much, much larger, such as is seen in community sites.
The bottom line in the decision between choosing a VPS hosting or dedicated server is a balance of cost, service opportunity, and convenience. With many experienced companies to choose from and new technology readily available, a high quality VPS server may be able to offer almost as much as a lower-end dedicated server for about the same price or less. Estimating in advance future growth and traffic needs may be helpful in choosing an option that will allow the easiest and most cost-effective expansion.