We’ve been pretty emphatic with promoting virtual private servers here over the years, and nothing has changed with how they’re a much better choice for websites that need more bandwidth and performance resources at their disposal. That’s not going to be the scenario for the vast majority of people having their websites hosted, and every one of those guys and gals will be just fine paying as little as possible for web hosting by going with a shared hosting plan. It’s especially the best choice for anyone whose site is simply a blog.
One of the things that makes us a top Canadian web hosting provider is the way we are able to pivot and turn with industry trends, and that’s what we’ll be doing with one of the more promising ones these days. VPS continue to be a good option, but now VDS servers are the even better choice for a lot of people who made the move to VPS a while ago. VPS is virtual private server while VDS is virtual dedicated server.
So what’s the difference and what makes VDS better for some? That’s what we’ll look at with this week’s entry.
Bare Metal Alternative for Bigger Boys
Most people that have their website as a primary resource for e-commerce interests are going to operating it on behalf on some business. Not surprising that bigger businesses will have bigger websites and ones that have plenty of size and dynamic content components as compared to what the average website on shared hosting is going to have.
These people needed powerful servers with predictable performance and for many years that meant going with a bare metal server. But now it’s changed to be that a VDS server is a better option when dedicated resources are needed. Previously you would probably rent a bare metal server and have it collocated it in a data center. The problem here is that the server is not going to scalable, and the bare metal servers have always tended to be expensive to maintain.
So Why VDS?
Change became possible when hypervisor technologies started making it so that multiple virtual machines could be run on the same hardware. The completely individual virtual servers would have their own CPU, RAM, Disk storage and more and so before long VPS servers arrived on the scene.
How VPS and VDS are different starts with one or more resources being shared between the virtual machines. With VDS users receive a virtual server with guaranteed resources, including 100% of the CPU which that’s entirely at your disposal and can be spun up as much as you need. RAM and other resources are also attached for you.
It is also superior because these new generation servers deliver the flexibility to upgrade resources instantly at any time. You can also manually bring up or down the number of CPU cores, increase or decrease RAM capacity, or add to or take away from disk storage capacity. With a physical server any of that would be one heck of a chore. You’d be buying parts, installing them on your own, and probably creating a whole lot of downtime for the site.
Who Will VDS Fit Best?
Sites that are not accommodated by the capabilities of conventional hosting, high-load network services are going to be the best fit for VDS, and that will also be true for ones where web masters are actively involved in design, development, and testing of software. Closed corporate projects with increased requirements for security and data confidentiality will also find virtual dedicated servers to be ideal, and smaller big companies that would struggle to buy or lease a physical server will want to look into this alternative too.
Reliability is always a priority, and the dedicated resources of a VDS server makes these more reliable too. Many will offer multiple cores, and being able to tailor RAM is an advantage in this regard too. Last but not least, this type of separate server offers full control over the system. From managing user accounts and installing software to network interfaces configuration and firewall settings.
As-a-Service software is increasingly becoming the norm in the digital work and commerce worlds, and VDS servers join the trends as an example of IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) and immediately become the most versatile cloud service consumption model. You are able to build any information system you need, install any operating system and software, or add configurations to any network easily.
Last but not least, a VDS server also outdistances a bare metal server with the way they allow for a quick upgrade or downgrade of computing power. VDS servers also make it easier to host and manage applications flexibly.
Stay tuned for new and appealing web hosting options available to customers here at 4GoodHosting.