VPS vs. Dedicated: What Kind of Hosting Do You Need

You have a few options when choosing a web host and the kind of hosting you need. The lowest tier of web hosting options is shared hosting. But it is least popular for businesses that need better data security and unmatched website performance. For that you’ll either need VPS or dedicated hosting. The option you choose will depend on a lot of factors which include pricing.

We compare the two options below to make it easier for you to choose the hosting option you need.

What is VPS Hosting?

Virtual Private Server refers to a hosting plan where you get your own private virtual server that is hosted alongside other private virtual servers on the same physical server. Each of the virtual servers is compartmentalized to behave like individual servers, each with its own resources. This means that unlike shared hosting, none of the other websites on the server can interfere with the performance of your website. What you get is a high performing system that also gives you unmatched success and control of the server.

There are different types of plans and packages in VPS hosting, ranging from $20 a month to about $100 a month and you can choose between Windows and Linux hosting environments depending on what you need. It is the ideal solution to choose when you want root access to the server but you don’t want to incur the cost of setting up a full dedicated server and managing it. You also get the option to choose between managed VPS hosting and unmanaged VPS hosting. On a managed VPS hosting option, the provider monitors the sever environment for you. The unmanaged option means that you have to make arrangement to monitor the servers yourself.

What is Dedicated Hosting?

As the name suggests, a dedicated server is one that is completely dedicated to your own personal use. You hold the rights to all the resources and then hardware and therefore can configure the hosting environment any way you want. As you can probably already guess, dedicated servers can be very expensive to set up and manage. But the cost may very well be worth it if your website receives more than 500,000 visitors per month.

Because the server is dedicated to only your website and data, it is very secure, more so than VPS. But you also incur the cost and responsibility to ensure data security. You may need to hire technical staff to ensure to maintain and optimize the server, another very costly endeavor. But for large corporations, a dedicated server can be the only way to go.

For most businesses, a dedicated server may be out of reach. The next best thing in terms of data security therefore becomes a VPS sever. If you’d like more control, you can choose the unmanaged VPS hosting options. Start with VPS hosting and then work your way up to dedicated servers as your revenue, website traffic and business grows.