What is a Virtual Private Server and why should you use them?

A Virtual Private Server takes advantage of the virtualization technology, allowing companies to host many different servers on one physical box, allowing for full management of an environment without the cost of the hardware.

The Benefits of a Virtual Private Server

This is more control compared to shared hosting

Another benefit of hosting on a VPS package is that you get complete root access to your environment. This way, if you need a custom software package installed, you can do so without having to wait for your hosting provider to support it. Shared web servers are typically optimized for security and performance as best as possible, and this means that there are many popular software packages that are not support due to their security limitations. Having your own virtual environment allows you to bypass all of those issues.

Easy scalability when needed

Some websites are established and do not expect much variance in the amount of traffic they received. For them, this factor might not be that important. However, for someone who is starting a new website with hopes of growing it into something much larger, being able to scale your hosting resources without any downtime or technical issues is very important.

When you host with a VPS hosting account, your environment is hosted within what is called a container. This container is allocated a certain amount of resources depending on the package you purchased. The great thing about how these containers work is that they can easily and quickly be allocated more or less resources as you need them. For example, if you need to upgrade your ram quickly when you are expecting a high surge of visitors, you can simply add more ram to your container with the click of a button. If you were using dedicated hosting, someone would have to physically install the new ram into your server – which would result in downtime and lost traffic.

Cost effective solutions for small websites

VPS hosting solutions are much less expensive now than they were only a few years ago. With advances in virtualization technologies, the prices are only expecting to decrease. Because of this, VPS hosting is now an option for all size websites – even if you are just starting a brand new site. You can get a small private hosting environment for as little as $30 per month – this is just as cheap as many shared hosting accounts but without all the risk and performance issues associated with them.

Once you decide to move to a VPS solution, chances are you will never look back. It is important to consider a provider that allows for easy management so you have complete control over upgrades and scaling your solution. Many VPS packages also come with one of the popular control panels that will take care of all your needs as far as maintaining and managing your website. Check out our VPS hosting packages if you are interested in getting started.

Let OptfinITy help you with Virtual Private Servers

With our VPS offerings, you can have a semi dedicated server without the hassles of other websites causing your site problems. For more information on our VPS solutions, complete the form or contact us at 703-790-0400.