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VPS Vs Cloud: How To Choose And What's The Difference

Maksim Komonov
VPS vs Cloud

Choosing between VPS hosting and Cloud hosting for an online store you need to consider multiple parameters. Cloud hosting is a secure environment and the freedom to scale resources. The virtual private server is similar to the dedicated one – you have full control over it, you can even reboot it. Both types of hosting are good, especially when applied considering individual business needs.

Does VPS hosting fit my business needs?

VPS hosting is a good option for business-critical applications and data when centralized storage is preferred. However, this does not provide high availability, with a failure of the host all VPS will fall. The resources of the system are divided between clients: CPU, RAM, network bandwidth. If one VPS needs more resources, it can affect other virtual servers. Each host can use only one OS.

VPS hosting is not scalable. Resources are limited by the resources of the physical server. When you have exhausted your maximum resources allocated to the VPS, you will have to change the plan or consider other options. This takes time – several hours of inactivity.

VPS is suitable for those who are just interested in hosting a Web site. However, by offering powerful features, VPS hosting does not guarantee the uptime of your site in case of heavy traffic or technical failure.

Does Cloud hosting fit my business needs?

If you want to get high reliability and powerful features, then Cloud hosting is a good choice. Cloud market has great potential, and with the prices decreasing year after year, it makes Cloud hosting more and more affordable.

Cloud hosting has practically unlimited resources, maximum bandwidth, load balancing, no binding to specific hardware components, scalability – you can add or free up resources at any time.

In addition, Cloud hosting provides infrastructure customization options: clients can use special network infrastructure, load balancers, firewalls. Finally, it assures high availability: when a physical server fails, the VMs migrate to another server without interrupting operation. And a high level of security: during a hacker or virus attack, your data will be protected thanks to the isolation of the virtual server.

With Cloud servers, you can buy more resources, easily add RAM, processor power, almost unlimited storage resources, or even create clones β€” copies of your server for data backup.

Cloud hosting is a good choice for fast-growing businesses or companies with significant seasonal traffic fluctuations. This is an economical way to scale resources and consolidate servers. 

VPS and Cloud hosting: Pros and Cons

VPS

Pros

  • You get your private space
  • You can install custom applications
  • Costs less compared to a dedicated server
  • Resources and file system isolation ensures security and prevents unauthorized access

Cons

  • Does not offer smooth scalability
  • Everything on one server and, consequently, server downtime affects the Web site
  • You need technical knowledge to work with VPS

Cloud

Pros

More flexible and scalable than VPS
Servers can be deployed very quickly as well as cloned
Cost-effective as you pay only for what you need and use
Provides much more efficient data backup solutions
It does not require much technical knowledge as with VPS hosting

Cons

  • Does not offer such a level of manual management as VP

Closing

Summarizing, we can say that VPS hosting is for low cost, control and security, and Cloud hosting offers unlimited customization and performance. VPS hosting is reasonable for personal use and SMB customers, and Cloud hosting is preferable for larger websites and online stores with numerous products and significant traffic.

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