Virtual Private Server (VPS) gives users a virtual dedicated environment. It is a method of partitioning a physical server computer into multiple servers.
Each virtual server can run its own full-fledged operating system, and each server can be independently rebooted. Unlike VPS in dedicated hosting the client leases an entire physical server not shared with anyone.
Simply speaking, a VPS simulates a Private server where a owner can deploy the software needed to continue the business. However this is not possible with the shared hosting plans, where you are limited to the software options provided the hosting company which include the database, and other utilities you use.
Over few years VPS have been steadily changing the hosting landscape and gained corporate attention.
Just read if the following statements help in your choice of option:
- Dedicated Server not affordable, but you need many of the features of dedicated server.
- Need more resources than the cheaper plans, resources like CPU, RAM.etc
- You know exactly what is to be done on the server.
- Need to run few software on the server which are not allowed on the shared plans.
- you are not comfortable with the server where many other websites are hosted
USES OF VPS :
We can say that VPS is an hosting package which gives you the features intermediate between Dedicated and shared hosting services, where you get independence from other VPS users and at a lower cost than dedicated server. The Owner has Super user access as VPS runs the own copy of operating system and also can install almost all softwares that OS supports. Due to their isolated nature, VPSes have become common sandboxes for possibly insecure public services or update testing.
Virtual private servers are also sometimes employed as honeypots, allowing a machine to deliberately run software with known security flaws without endangering the rest of the server. Multiple honeypots can be quickly set up via VPSes in this fashion.