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What is a VPS? A VPS 101 Guide

Web hosting is one of the most complex industries with too many overwhelming terms and types of products, it is common for most people to get lost and make a wrong decision due to too many options and products that might seem to be complex. But, we’re here to help you with it by explaining what is what clearly. In this article, we will discuss what is a VPS Server in detail.

Now, before we proceed further and see what is a VPS, we believe it is essential for you to understand what a dedicated server is.

A dedicated server, as the name itself suggests is a (server) computer that is managed by a datacenter operator on your behalf. The data center takes care of power and network, and guarantees that your server will run 24x7x365 with an uninterrupted network and power supply. To put it simply, a dedicated server service is like renting a computer, which in this case is much powerful than regular end-user desktops and laptops which can handle heavy workload along with uninterrupted power and network connectivity.

A dedicated server is sought after by people because of its flexibility and security. With a dedicated server, you’ll have 100% access to the resources of the server like CPU and RAM and you’re not sharing it with anyone. As you’re not sharing those resources with anyone, you can use that CPU, RAM and Storage in any way you want, and you can customize your machine and its software to its core to match it with your use case.

As dedicated servers come with complete server hardware, the performance is higher in a dedicated server, so does the cost.

There might be a few instances where a project might require a lot lesser compute resource like RAM, but it will need the flexibility of a dedicated server. That’s where a VPS server comes in.

A VPS server, or often called a virtual private server, or virtual dedicated server, is created by dividing a dedicated server into multiple parts using virtualization technology and it provides you with multiple dedicated-like servers. To put it simply, A VPS is a subdivision of a dedicated server with dedicated resources, so it can be customized to the core as per the requirement just like a dedicated server but for a fraction of cost when compared to a dedicated server.

To understand what is a VPS in a very simple manner, consider a dedicated server as a full pizza, but when have no enough hunger to eat it completely, you decide to take only a piece of it which is a VPS and your VPS provider will provide the rest of the pieces to other customers. It is as simple as it. When you don’t need a full server, you take a part of it.

Some companies sell VPS in many names, like for example, At Cenmax we sell it as CloudCenmax, AWS sells it as EC2, and DigitalOcean sells it in the name of Droplets. But all those mean a VPS.

What is a VPS Server Used for?

A VPS Server is often liked by entrepreneurs in medium-scale and higher-scale enterprises while Web hosting is often liked by small-scale businesses.

A VPS server, given its resources, can be used for the following use cases:

  • For hosting an early-stage SaaS application
  • For hosting a website with moderate traffic (higher than 10000 visits a month and lower than 10 million views a month)
  • For storing sensitive company documents, customer files, and images on the cloud which can be accessed by multiple branches.
  • For hosting an online ERP solution where each of the company’s branches around the world can add entries and run business with lesser paperwork.
  • For email hosting
  • For hosting SQL databases
  • Are also used as a virtual workstation for employees when working from home.

Why choose a VPS Server?

A VPS Server is just as flexible as a dedicated server, such that you can literally run anything you run on a dedicated server without sweat on VPS as well. Here are the few reasons we think looking into a VPS is worthy:

It is Cheaper!

Say you are trying to host your hobby project online – renting a dedicated server might get expensive. On the other hand, when you’re using a VPS, you’re going to spend only a few bucks a month but get the same flexibility as a dedicated server.

Wide Software Options

You can literally run any OS on a VPS that you can run on a server. Need Linux? Need Windows? You can choose anything you like. Just like OS, you can choose your web server and SQL between a wide array of options including but not limited to Apache, IIS, Nginx, LiteSpeed, Go, MySQL, MariaDB, MSSQL, No-SQL, etc., You can choose whatever software stack you want and you’re in control.

VPS is Scalable

One of the most important reasons why even large companies rely on VPS is that you can increase the number of resources on your VPS Server in a few minutes. And when there’s a large demand for your application, you can almost instantly set up another VPS server (or even 100s of them) and load balance multiple VPS in a matter of minutes. Just minutes. Such that whenever you’re having a demand, you can instantly scale up without having your application go offline. This scalability is invaluable for startups – as they don’t have to invest for anything upfront but can deploy machines as needed in moments.

Easy to meet Security Compliances

As the VPS server itself is highly flexible, and allows you to configure from its core, it makes you easily meet the security laws and be compliant. For example, with a VPS Server, you can obtain essential server compliances like PCI-Compliance and HIPPA Compliance in a matter of few days.

Should you move to a VPS from Web Hosting?

If your answer is yes for any of the following statements, then yes, consider it is the time for upgrade to a VPS:

  • Are you facing any difficulties in shared web hosting due to high resource usage?
  • Your website currently is running slowly in your current shared hosting
  • You are anticipating your website to gain more popularity in few coming days or weeks
  • You are planning to add more websites to your web hosting account and concerned about the performance when many websites are hosted on the same shared web hosting account.
  • You need flexibility in your environments like a custom web server and SQL combination that isn’t offered in a shared web hosting or need root access to the server.
  • You need much better security for your website.
  • You need a dedicated server-like functionality but have a low budget.

What are the different types of VPS Hosting Available?

Dominantly, there are two different types of VPS Hosting service. One is called an Unmanaged VPS and the other one is Managed VPS. One important thing to note here is the fact that, most VPS server providers don’t mention Unmanaged VPS explicitly. Unless the product description says managed service, it means that the VPS service is unmanaged in nature and all popular VPS services including CloudCenmax, AWS’s EC2 and DigitalOcean’s Droplets are unmanaged in nature.

Unmanaged VPS Plans

Unmanaged VPS plans or simply VPS plans in default are servers which comes with Operating System preinstalled. Apart from the Operating System installation, you are ultimately responsible for managing all your application and environment dependencies.

This means, you have to take in-charge of installing Web Servers, Code Modules, SQL software, and you also have the responsibility to update the dependencies manually.

Only when your VPS goes inaccessible, your web hosting provider might step in and try to resolve the issue.

An unmanaged VPS is a service where the web hosting provider only provides the machine and you’re ultimately responsible for everything on the software layer.

Managed VPS Servers

Managed VPS plans are specially created for people who need help in managing the server’s OS. Not each and every one of us can know how to manage a server right? Even if we do know, most of us have more important work to do rather than typing 100s of lines of commands on a server. That a problem that a Managed VPS addresses.

With a managed VPS service, you get OS-level support from your web hosting provider itself and they will take charge of all your OS-level tasks like installing Web Servers, Code Modules, SQL software, and updating them periodically as per your requirement.

It is more or less like having your own IT team with Server administration expertise who can take care of all server management, security, and configuration chores. You can concentrate on running your business rather than the server.

Now you know what a VPS is!

Congratulations that you now know what a VPS Server is. A VPS Server is one of the best choice for an enterprise that’s looking forward to host its application. We’re glad that we gave you some insights to make an informed decision and if you’re ready to take a VPS Server, delay no further, jump to a VPS and experience a much peaceful and reliable way of doing business online.

In case if you have any doubts, or if you think you need a free expert consultation to see if a VPS is a good choice for you, contact us here. We’d be glad to help you finding the optimal VPS plan for your use case.

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