The misunderstanding about the technological difference between Cloud Hosting vs VPS Hosting in the web hosting industry is becoming quite a buzz now.
Most people generally tend to misread the basic difference between the two. This is due to the lack of awareness about the differentiating factors of these two web hosting technologies.
With the advent of virtualization and remote operations, there is a considerable increase in most of the established organizations and even startups opting for similar solutions to host their websites.
They no more need to own a physical architecture (a CPU with the certain specifications of processor, RAM, and storage), an operating system, on top of this hardware, and then the particular web application (like WordPress, Magento, Drupal, Joomla, and many more, etc.) on which website is to be hosted.
And, that’s not it! Further, this arrangement will require efficient and redundant power supplies and periodic maintenance to ensure the server is up and running at all times.
Firstly, let’s jump to the basics for a while about what cloud and virtualization are. In simple words, cloud and virtualization is something that separates the hardware, operating system, and the application running on that hardware from each other.
The basic concept remains the same in both of the technologies. However, reliability, flexibility, and availability have been some major separating indicators between the two.
What Is VPS Hosting?
VPS (Virtual Private Servers) Hosting, sometimes also known as “Private Cloud”, is based on servers that are crafted using a virtualization mechanism.
The architecture is one that has multiple individual dedicated slots on the same virtual machine. Each slot can be assigned to dedicated resources. Nonetheless, the technology generally works on a time-shared or resource-shared phenomenon.
One of the major disadvantages that are stopping the Cloud VPS hosting industry to reach the next level is its vulnerability that can cause a particular slot or resource to go down in any crash scenario and the application or website on that particular space will be unavailable with no redundant online availability unless and until the issue is fixed.
However, the rest of the applications on different slots will be up and running without any disruption in service.
But, there remains a possibility, although in exceptional cases, where major trouble hitting a certain slot, such as unexpectedly excessive traffic on a random day or DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack, can cause the entire machine and the subsequent applications to go down as all the resources belong to the same machine.
However, VPS hosting does have some useful points as it brings the margin closer between the dedicated and shared hosting solutions.
Benefits of VPS Hosting
- VPS hosting offers total and complete freedom. Free to manage your server as you like, you have access to everything and you can install all the software you need.
- Hosting in VPS is very efficient. Unlike shared hosting, the VPS is not dependent on traffic or audience. You have your own resources and you are isolated from other servers.
- Hosting in VPS is secure. All your files are private and inaccessible to other clients regardless of their rights on the server.