Virtual sever hosting
Virtual sever hosting is when a server is physically partitioned into multiple servers so each appears to have the capabilities and appearance of operating its own dedicated machine. Each of the servers can have its own operating system and be rebooted independently as needed by the owner. Even though it has many of the functions that a dedicated server has there are a few differences including virtual web hosting comes with technical support and managed plans while most dedicated servers must be managed by the individuals leasing it. While the practice of splitting the servers into multiple servers have been a common practice for quite some time it’s becoming even more popular with all of the new virtualization software being developed. Many small businesses are downsizing to virtual server hosting to help cut costs for their company. You normally can get a VPS for half the price of a dedicated server including all of the extras that you need.
Virtual server hosting is what bridges dedicated hosting and shared hosting together giving customers the independence to have more control over their server at a cheaper rate but often with support. It’s perfect for those who are above shared hosting but not quite ready to control everything completely. Since a VPS is able to run its own operating system users have the super user control access that will allow them to install most scripts that runs on their OS. Things that normally do not run so well on a VPS is firewalls or anti-virus clients which are usually restricted by the company who leases the servers. Some companies have more restrictions but generally you have a good amount of control over your own virtual server.
Unlike dedicated servers a VPS usually has limited ram, disk space, and bandwidth per month. Even though you may have restrictions and limited specifications it’s much more lax than shared hosting. The most common operating system for VPS or dedicated servers is Linux due to the flexibility it offers and lower pricing compared to the Windows operating system. If you choose to use the Windows operating system be aware that you may have additional fees for a license to actually run the windows operating system. Other operating systems that is usually available at a low cost or no fee at all including Core, CentOS, Debian, Fedora, NetBSD, FreeBSD, and OpenBSD.
There are several add-ons that you can opt to purchase when leasing a VPS such as security features or advanced technical support. Many companies will try to sell you stuff that you may not need so make sure to read all fine print to check for contracts or hidden fees.
When ordering your server you will normally have the option to be billed monthly or to prepay for 6-12 months in advance which usually gets you some kind of discount. While the discount may seem like a great choice at the time without knowing what kind of support or service you will be getting you don’t want to pay too far in advance so you’re out money if you end up dissatisfied and want to cancel. Always check for customer reviews and feedback before deciding who your host will be.