What is High-Availability (HA) VPS?

What is high availability VPS?

When you run a business, you can’t risk having a subpar website. It should be available and running well 24/7 to meet the demands of your customers. If your site has been operating on a shared server and you’ve noticed some performance issues, it might be time to consider high-availability VPS.

What happens when a customer visits your website and the customer can’t complete the checkout process because it’s running too slow? Worse yet, what if they arrive and nothing loads—there’s just a blank screen because your site is down?

The customer moves on and visits your competitor.

Many online businesses that start out on a shared server eventually notice problems like those mentioned above. If your website drives a lot of revenue for your company, a bit of downtime can put a big dent in your bottom line.

High availability VPS helps you avoid that downtime.

Traditional VPS

Traditional—not high-availability—VPS used to be thought of as a stepping stone between a basic shared server and your own dedicated equipment–it’s still shared, but you’re allocated a dedicated percentage of computing resources. With a traditional VPS, you’re much less impacted by the actions of your neighbors’ usage of bandwidth and other resources.

The problem with traditional VPS is that there is still a risk of going down. Yes, that risk is smaller, but it’s there. The great news is, technology has made it possible to decrease the risk of downtime even more. How is this possible? To answer that we need to compare traditional and HA VPS.

How Is High Availability VPS Different Than Traditional VPS?

By using “clusters” of servers and cloud architecture, we’ve minimized the dangers that come with both hardware failure and software issues.

With HA VPS, the VPS is replicated multiple times. That way, if the running VPS fails, a copy is immediately ready to take its place. This is how high-availability VPS helps eliminate unnecessary and costly downtime.

What Is A Server Cluster?

A server cluster is made up of nodes—often physical servers. VPS instances exist on nodes. If a VPS instance on one node fails, it spins up on another node. A cluster is actually not intended to fail; we are just mitigating against the failure of a VPS instance.

In our high-availability setup, the replicated VPS instances are already on the other nodes within the cluster. So if the main instance goes down, a “standby instance” can easily take over. Things are kept running smoothly.

What Are The Benefits of High-Availability VPS?

  • All data contained on the VPS instance is safeguarded, as it is held in multiple locations. The failure of one VPS computer doesn’t automatically result in devastating loss.
  • Customers have constant access to server-based resources, generally without interruption.
  • VPS instances are typically held in several locations, so in the event of catastrophe, there will still be a computer somewhere else that can take over.

How Do I Know If High-Availability VPS Is for Me?

Time is money—and downtime is money lost.

This is particularly true in today’s world, where 81% of consumers head online before making a purchasing decision. It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in; consumers will look at your website whether you offer physical products or virtual services.

If your website is down, slow, or doesn’t function properly, your audience will leave. If that’s something you’re concerned about, it may be time to check out high-availability VPS. All of our VPS Hosting options are high-availability. Discover your options and to learn how we can help you make the best first impression possible.

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