A virtual server refers to a web hosting service where many web sites operated on independent virtual private servers are all connected to the internet through one web server. Each of these virtual private networks are operated from their own partition, and are kept confidential and separate from other sites. This method of hosting multiple domain names on a single server allows each member of the server to share its’ memory, processor cycles, and access to applications.
A virtual private server, or a VPS for short, is your own piece of virtual property on a vastly larger dedicated server. A user gets complete control over their own private server, including an operating system unique to them, and while there are other users on the greater server, none of them have access to your private server. Imagine a large ocean filled with islands utterly inaccessible to outsiders – a virtual private server is like your own private island.
When opting for virtual private server hosting (VPS hosting), the client is choosing an option that offers an ideal compromise between dedicated hosting services and shared hosting services. VPS hosting entails websites hosted in the same physical equipment while allowing for individual websites to operate as fully independent entities, as if they were hosted on separate machines. There are many aspects of virtual private hosting that are more beneficial than shared hosting, and the following discussion will take these benefits in turn.