Difference between a dedicated server and VPS


What is VPS?

A VPS is almost identical to a dedicated server. The main difference is that the resources of the server such as CPU, RAM, storage will be split between different virtual servers. For a better understanding, you can see a VPS as an apartment that is shared with other roommates. Every roommate gets their room, which means that you can do whatever you want on your own VPS without disturbing others. The separate rooms are realized by virtualization software. So one entire sever acts as several servers and they all can run its applications, control panel licenses, and operating systems independently. Furthermore, the data is spread across multiple servers which lead to greater control and more security assurance. 

When do you need to choose VPS?

You can choose a VPS when you want to start small without making big investments. A VPS offers more flexibility than a dedicated server in terms of upgrading or downgrading to another plan. 
You can start with a small plan, and as you grow, you can easily scale to bigger plans without experiencing any downtime. You can run any applications without any hassle. The resources are completely yours and you can expect high performance but not as much as the performance of a dedicated server.

What is a dedicated server?

Like the name is already suggesting, a dedicated server is a server that is completely dedicated to yourself. It is also known as a ‘bare-metal-server’ which has a single single ‘tenant’. The resources are not shared between customers. So the dedicated server is entirely allocated to the customer who is renting it.  Practically, it means that you do not have to share the apartment with other roommates. It is more expensive than a VPS since you have more resources and larger server capacity. 

When do you need to choose a dedicated server?

A dedicated server is a good choice when you need to run complex web applications, websites with a lot of traffic, software with great databases. These types of applications usually require more performance, storage space, memory, and powerful processors. So a dedicated server would serve these needs better than other hosting types with limited capacity. Like mentioned before, it costs more but it is worth the money since you can run your larger projects more smoothly. Besides, you can always downgrade or upgrade the resources of your server whenever you have changed hosting plans.



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