Nowadays, apart from free, shared, VPS and dedicated hosting services, a new form of hosting called cloud server hosting has become popular. VPS and cloud hosting seems similar at first glance. But, there are a lot of differences between these two types, in many aspects. So, if you are planning to choose anyone of them for your website hosting, you must have a clear idea of the differences between these two types of hosting. So, let’s know them in brief.
A VPS is a server which is divided into various portions for hosting the websites of different customers. It is same as shared hosting; but, it has its own unique characteristics. In VPS hosting, the server is big and divided into only a few portions, where the customer has great freedom to make changes in their portion of server allocation. However, cloud server is different from VPS and is a cluster of multiple servers. In cloud server, the customers using multiple servers will have more benefits such as – unlimited storage and bandwidth, load balancing etc.
The location of VPS servers is in the data center of the host or at third-party hosting provider, whereas private cloud is owned by own data center of a business. In this case, the clouds use the hardware for a particular cloud and not shared with other users.
VPS offers the flexibility and freedom for the customers at very low cost. In a similar way, cloud hosting also offers more flexibility and independence with minimum cost and efficiency.
In VPS, you will have the ability to install a software, configure, customize and administrate your severe applications. However, you have only limited rights to access the resources and customize. But, in case of cloud hosting, it offers highly controllable and customizable environment.
Safety and security
Due to virtualization, VPS hosting is considered to be more safe and secure; and similarly cloud hosting is secure and reliable as the data tends to be stored in separate servers in different locations and data centers. You can also get round the clock customer support with cloud hosting.
VPS is significantly less costly than the private cloud; because, in VPS you will be paying only for the portion of the server you have taken. But, in order to reduce the cost of cloud hosting, you need to choose normal cloud hosting, which doesn’t designate your own server.
Scalability with cloud is very fast, as it is designed with control panels built with fast provisioning and deployment in mind. So, it is scalable in just a few minutes; whereas, in VPS, in order to be scalable, it requires the services to be upgraded manually with the required support and resources.
These are the few differences between VPS and cloud server hosting. So, chose the type of hosting that meets your website requirements.