- Do I need a dedicated server, or will a virtual private server (VPS) do?
- What’s the difference?
- How will my choice affect my business?
This post will help clear the murky world of server selection and let you know the difference between VPS vs dedicated.
First, Some Basic Facts
Nine out of 10 people think they should go straight to a dedicated server. They want super fast load times, and they believe that having their own server will ensure that.
Dedicated is not always the answer
The fact is, dedicated servers are fast but so are virtual private servers. Which one to choose depends on the anticipated volume of traffic and storage needs. Also, dedicated servers typically cost three to seven times more than a VPS, so a healthy budget is necessary.
Natural Server Progression According to Your Needs
If you’ve already been using shared web hosting (also known as SSD Hosting) and are ready to upgrade then the next step should be a VPS. That will give you far greater specs when it comes to storage, CPU, RAM and network port speed. In other words, your site will work fast! You will definitely notice an improvement over using regular shared hosting.
The benefits of upgrading
This is suitable and offers plenty of resources and speed for small to mid-sized businesses. It’s also a logical financial move, so a good business decision.
On the other hand, if you have a massive volume of site traffic, or you get to the point where you need more resources than a VPS offers, that’s the time to move to a dedicated server.
Comparing VPS to Dedicated Server
Something to note before you study the server comparison of VPS vs dedicated below is that under the VPS column, you’ll see ‘shared server resources’. This is not like regular shared web hosting, though it sounds that way. You are on a server with others but only a handful, versus the many you share with on your regular hosting plan.
If you are not much of a techy, don’t let the root access part scare you, either. A managed VPS will take that worry away, the technical stuff is taken care of for you. Just use it as you usually would. Managed Dedicated Servers with cPanel is also available.
Here is a simple, fast overview:
|Less expensive||Approximately 3-7 times the cost|
|Resources for small-medium businesses but can also cater to larger businesses depending on required specs and budget||Potentially far greater resources depending on necessary specs and budget|
|Usually better value for money||A lot more overheads|
|CentOS 7 or CloudLinux 7 operating system||CentOS 7 or CloudLinux 7 operating system|
|Intel processors||Intel processors|
|Minimally shared server resources||Only you on the server|
|Root access for total control||Root access for complete control|
The Fast Answer
To summarise, if you have a small to medium-sized business, a VPS should be enough. Plus, it’s the most economical choice without sacrificing speed and resources. When your business starts growing, you’ll want to see if it’s time to move up to a dedicated server. With a choice of UK, France, Germany, Canada and USA locations to suit your needs.
Still Unsure of Which Server You Need?
If you are unsure on which type of service you need for your project(s), please get in touch with us and give us an idea of what kind of website you are going to be running. We can advise you on which is the best service to use for your project, depending on your budget and other requirements.