People with less knowledge about web hosting often got confused about VPS and dedicated hosting, one major reason behind that might be their names as some people call VPS, a virtual dedicated server. No doubt it is indeed a virtual dedicated server (VDS) but quite different in terms of working and specifications. We put together some similarities and major differences between these two so that you can better understand and pick the one suits you.
The first element of confusion is why we call it virtual dedicated server, well VPS provide you a virtually created dedicated environment, one has full control and freedom in his own VDS, there are several other VDSs are also present and they all are sharing common physical server. That makes it shared as well as dedicated server to a certain extent because even sharing a physical server you are still able to maintain your own dedicated environment, some people even calls it a cheap alternative of dedicated server hosting.
As compare to that dedicated server is all physical, it actually exist it’s a big server with immense power and one don’t have to share it in anyway. Both VPS and dedicated server offer flexibility in terms of operating system (OS) selection and other specs of the server but working methodologies are pretty much different. VPS offers support for various web applications but in a limited manner as you don’t have full access to the server but with dedicated server one has full control over it. One can configure any web application easily and define server settings at root-level of the server. As dedicated server grant root-level access one can easily build up its security according to his/her necessities.
Now if we consider VPS and dedicated server in terms of traffic handling, VPS works on the technique of scalability, in case of high traffic VPS scales up and obtain additional server resources to manage traffic effectively as compare to that dedicated server provide competent traffic control as it offer large volume of bandwidth.
Considering VPS and dedicated server in the context of security, VPS can be vulnerable if proper security measures are not performed and being on shared physical server is another loophole, any hacker can break into the server and steal your personal info. As compare to that dedicated server is fully secured, a reliable web host configured its security at max that’s why people trust dedicated server for large business websites.
These are some major differences and similarities if dedicated server and VPS, so people having confusion about them should consider these major differences and make right decision.