What is a Virtual Private Server (VPS)?
A VPS or (Virtual Private Server) is essentially a virtualised copy of an entire computer system that functions as its own entity. It runs on its own, has its own operating system, has its own semi-dedicated recourses like CPU, RAM, and Disk, and is not shared by other users. A VPS runs on a hardware or dedicated server node, or a cluster of nodes in a Cloud setup.
A VPS provides more control over its resources than a shared hosting environment.
There are many benefits to using these servers:
- It takes up less space than a physical server and can be scaled up or down as needed.
- It is cheaper than running one’s own physical server because it shares resources like CPU across multiple users, which reduces costs.
- Users who rent out these servers can do so without needing to purchase or maintain the needed infrastructure themselves.
In the past, VPS were often used by web developers as a way to run their websites without being restricted by the limitations of shared hosting. Nowadays, they are used as an alternative to traditional dedicated servers as they can offer more resources and flexibility at a fraction of the price. The best thing about VPS is that you get full control over your resources. The downside is that you have to manage it all yourself, unless you purchase a fully managed VPS.
Speaking of server management, servers can be complex machines with multiple parts. The server management process can also be a little complex. To give a very brief overview, the first step is to install your server. This includes installing the operating system for the machine. This would usually be Linux or Windows. After installation, you have to set up the network interfaces and assign an IP address for each one of them. Once this is complete, your server should be online and accessible over the internet. TIP: All VPS from QuickHostUK have your chosen operating system and network setup automatically for you. You now need to configure the firewall on your server to secure it. Finally, you have to set up a service or service group on the server so that it can function as needed. For example, you might install a LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) if the server were to be a web server.
Fully managed servers by contrast are a great solution for people who want to use their web hosting provider’s expertise without the need to learn how to maintain a server. Generally, you’ll have your provider managing and monitoring your server for you, meaning they will take care of security, backups, updates, and patches. You’ll never have to worry about that sort of stuff, leaving you to manage your website or app or whatever it is that you are hosting.