VPS vs. Dedicated Server

As businesses grow, they reach a point where an expansion in server resources and security becomes a necessity. This may be due to an increase in traffic or a need to store all of their business-critical information and data in one secure location. When this happens, scaling up to a Dedicated Server is a perfect alternative. InMotion Hosting is here to inform you of the differences between VPS Hosting and Dedicated Server Hosting in order to help you find the best fit for you and your business.

Overview of Technologies

VPS

With VPS Hosting, you share a server with other customers, but remain isolated from those other users on the server. With Virtual Private Server Hosting you are granted your own section of a partitioned dedicated server with a guaranteed threshold of dedicated RAM, storage and bandwidth and have the ability to customize this partition.

Dedicated Server

With Dedicated Server hosting, you have full control of the physical server, and complete access to all its resources. You are not sharing any resources (such as RAM or CPU) with other clients which means the server and its resources are 100% dedicated to your needs.

Security

Secure VPS

VPS

Because the server is split among multiple clients, there are more chances of it experiencing failure. Since there are individuals who don’t follow/ practice good security measures, this increases the chances of the server facing security issues. Plus OS patches must be approved by hosting provider.

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Secure Dedicated

Dedicated Server

Because the server won’t be split among multiple clients, there is minimal chance of it experiencing critical failure. You have full control over OS patches and versions, meaning you can control what OS you run and when you want to apply security updates.

Security

Secure VPS

VPS

Because the server is split among multiple clients, there are more chances of it experiencing failure. Since there are individuals who don’t follow/ practice good security measures, this increases the chances of the server facing security issues. Plus OS patches must be approved by hosting provider.

vs.

Secure Dedicated

Dedicated Server

Because the server won’t be split among multiple clients, there is minimal chance of it experiencing critical failure. You have full control over OS patches and versions, meaning you can control what OS you run and when you want to apply security updates.

Customization

Custom VPS

VPS

Since you do not own your own server you can only customize the software components.

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Custom Dedicated

Dedicated Server

You have full control over hardware and software components. You can add hard drives, RAM, bandwidth, or other items to optimize your server to fit your needs.

Customization

Custom VPS

VPS

Since you do not own your own server you can only customize the software components.

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Custom Cloud

Dedicated Server

You have full control over hardware and software components. You can add hard drives, RAM, bandwidth, or other items to optimize your server to fit your needs.

Performance

Performance VPS

VPS

Since you are sharing a server with other clients, then during peak times, there is a possibility to encounter performance degradation. This will result in your site/services slowing down and/or having longer load times. This will degrade your site’s user experience.

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Performance Dedicated Server

Dedicated Server

With dedicated servers, you are not sharing any resources (such as RAM or CPU) with other clients. The server and its resources are 100% dedicated to your needs. Since you’re not sharing resources with other clients, you won’t have to worry about your site slowing down, or any degradation to your sites’ user experience.

Performance

Performance VPS

VPS

Since you are sharing a server with other clients, then during peak times, there is a possibility to encounter performance degradation. This will result in your site/services slowing down and/or having longer load times. This will degrade your site’s user experience.

vs.

Performance Dedicated Server

Dedicated Server

With dedicated servers, you are not sharing any resources (such as RAM or CPU) with other clients. The server and its resources are 100% dedicated to your needs. Since you’re not sharing resources with other clients, you won’t have to worry about your site slowing down, or any degradation to your sites’ user experience.

Space Allocation

Space Allocation VPS

VPS

This is a shared platform meaning you may be on the server with hundreds of other clients.

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Space Allocation Dedicated Server

Dedicated Server

This is your server, it is not a shared platform.

Space Allocation

Space Allocation VPS

VPS

This is a shared platform meaning you may be on the server with hundreds of other clients.

vs.

Space Allocation Dedicated Server

Dedicated Server

This is your server, it is not a shared platform.

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