Cloud VPS hosting and Managed VPS each have their own distinct advantages, so it can be difficult to know which one to choose. You may find yourself tempted to just go with the first option you look at, just to get the decision off your plate.
But when it comes to choosing a hosting service for your business website, it pays to avoid a hasty decision. Why? Because your hosting service directly impacts both the performance of your website and customer satisfaction.
Take your time, do your research, and make the choice that is really best suited for your needs.
What’s the difference between Cloud VPS and VPS Hosting?
VPS hosting is a portion of a dedicated server machine. In the past, we’ve compared it to an apartment building: all of the occupants share one overall physical structure, but that structure is broken down into many different dedicated spaces. Whatever you have inside of your space is yours and yours alone, and no one else has access to it.
With VPS, that means you have your own dedicated portion of the server, with your own set of allocated resources that you can customize any way you see fit.
Cloud hosting works in a similar manner, only rather than using one dedicated server, the cloud can contain a virtually unlimited number of machines. All of these physical servers are housed in different locations but work together and act as one, making up the “cloud.” Essentially, you get an entire infrastructure of connected servers and data storage.
How do they compare?
Although quite similar, VPS and cloud hosting differ in several key ways. Here’s what you need to know:
VPS has a fixed level of performance. Because you are sharing a server with other users and are only allotted a certain portion of the data and bandwidth, you can never use more than your portion. In addition, if the server itself fails, all VPSs on that machine will also fail.
Cloud VPS hosting, on the other hand, is infinitely scalable. Because countless different machines work as part of the network, it is virtually impossible to max out the resources. Likewise, if any one server (or even an entire bank of servers) fails, another location will take over the workload until the issue is resolved.
VPS is much more secure than a shared hosting environment. Each VPS operates in an isolated environment, completely separate from all of the other VPSs sharing the machine. That means that if one of the other VPSs becomes infected with a virus, it cannot affect yours. However, if the overall machine becomes infected, that could be an issue for everyone involved.
Cloud servers work in much the same way: like VPS, your server is completely separate from all of the others. However, because the infrastructure is web-based, it may actually be more difficult to completely secure.
VPS hosting is limited in its scalability, depending on the physical host machine. You may have the ability to add some extra memory or bandwidth to your account, but overall, the physical machine will have limits that it just can’t move past. If you need more than you’re allotted, you may have to upgrade to a new account or switch to a different type of server, both of which may come with downtime.
Cloud hosting is much more scalable. Because hundreds or even thousands of different physical machines make up each cloud, it is possible to expand as needed. If, for example, you know you will be experiencing a spike in traffic one month, you can add additional resources for that time frame – and then go back down to your regular plan at a later time. As an added bonus, this also makes the cost much more flexible, as you only pay for the data you use during any given time frame.
Which one should you choose?
As with any web design or hosting decision, it really all comes down to your business and its particular needs. If you have a fast-growing company and a website that receives heavy traffic, you may want to go with a cloud server, if only for its scalability.
With cloud hosting you get access to nearly unlimited resources – the kind that an up-and-coming business might need.
Armed with this knowledge, you’ll be able to make the right decision for you, whether it’s Managed VPS or cloud VPS hosting. If you’re unsure about your business’ needs and requirements, reach out to our knowledgeable support staff and they’ll walk you through everything you need to know.