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 putting together a web site, a customer has the option to select a virtual private server or a dedicated physical server. These are largely functionally equivalent, however, there are two sides to every coin and there are differences between the two. A virtual private server is significantly less expensive and priced much lower in comparison. They are also more easily configured as well as generally a little easier to use. The downside is that there may be performance issues depending on the server resources being utilized. This used to be common in earlier internet times but in the present day, performance issues aren’t common on mainstream virtual servers.
The greater virtual server is run on a single computer and depending on the web hosting company that a virtual private server is purchased from, it may include services such as a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) program, a mail server program, and specialized applications that appeal to areas such as e-commerce and blogging among others.
Virtual private servers are often chosen by smaller businesses that need a small and simple customized web site but who cannot afford its own dedicated physical server. If the business is merely looking for an internet presence, a virtual private server is the right choice.
Then again, for those that are in need of more than simply an internet presence, a virtual private server is in all likelihood the best choice as well. Where technology has progressed in the past ten years and where it is bound to go within the next decade essentially dictates the elimination of having a dedicated physical server for every web site. Virtual servers are not only where technology is headed but it’s where it’s at for the majority of web designers.
With a virtual private server, a user is allocated far more resources than one would find on a dedicated server and not only that, but a user has a wide range of applications they are able to upload to their own operation systems. A VPS gives a user more control over their content and more functionality than what they would find otherwise. Instead of remaining dependent on a data center to resolve server issues that may occur over time, a user has access to their own control panel where they can reboot, stop, start, and reformat with a simple click at any time.
Naturally, with all these different private servers on one larger server, a common question that will come up with small business owners is if their information is truly secure. To answer the question, each virtual private server is run completely independent of each other and each has its own file system ensuring that your data remains confidential at all times. It is impossible for a user to access another user’s information. The only effect that one virtual private server would have over another is when it comes to the speed of performance. If one host is using maximum capacity, it will mean that other virtual private servers on the same server are affected. However, the host will have a monitor in place to allocate resources as needed to ensure that this doesn’t happen on a regular basis, if at all.
A virtual private server is the common solution for a small business. It’s remarkably simple to navigate and it provides more than what anyone would need when operating their own web site.
If you’re using a dedicated physical server right now, I would suggest moving to a virtual server. You won’t lose any functionality and you will also save annually on operating costs as a virtual private server is a lot less expensive than keeping a dedicated physical server going at all times.
There isn’t any other option to choose for your small business than a virtual private server.