With all the acronyms that get thrown around in the technical world, it can be hard to keep them straight. Knowing your DDoS from your HTTPS can be troublesome, especially for beginners. In an effort to help keep at least two commonly used hosting terms straight, in this post, we will look specifically at VPS, or Virtual Private Servers. Within the VPS server options, there are two choices available from VPS.NET: SSD VPS or Cloud VPS. These two terms are often used interchangeably when researching the best hosting solutions. So let’s take a look at each of them, the similarities as well as the differences.
What is a VPS?
A Virtual Private Server (VPS) is a physical server that uses virtualization to partition resources into individual containers. Each portion of the server is an isolated microsystem based on a shared server and functions as a separate server from the rest of the sections. Partitioning allows for root access and full user control.
Clients love VPS for the ability to start and stop processes as well as reboot the VPS when necessary. The flexibility of VPS means that you get to choose your OS, as well as exactly how many resources you need for your specific application. VPS users love the service because they can decide on every aspect of their system, including server setup, configuration and updates. However, you can always opt for our managed service and let our expert technical support team handle the day-to-day management of your VPS.
SSD VPS clients love the speed, low cost and size of their systems. With more than 20 data centers to choose from, latency is low and reliability is high. SSD VPS offers the choice of OS and allows for almost limitless customization and usage. From application and website hosting to a superior scalable service, SSD VPS has it covered. SSD VPS has all of the aspects of a VPS as described in the section above, combined with solid state disc storage for faster read/write speeds.
Like SSD VPS, Cloud VPS is a great way to store data for the most availability and speed. However, Cloud VPS can be thought of as a service rather than a limited server. VPS.NET infrastructure creates the cloud where your data is stored. Since our Cloud VPS is not limited, you can easily scale the amount of server resources (RAM, processing and storage) you need. In a few clicks, your system can grow or shrink according to your needs at any given time.
Is there really a difference between SSD and Cloud VPS?
Yes, to put it simply. While the two have similarities – both use virtualization and a hypervisor – there is a significant difference between the two. For example, Cloud VPS is a nearly limitless resource. If you need more storage you can increase your resources in minutes with just a few clicks on your account.
The second difference is that SSD VPS systems are hosted on a single hypervisor. However, a Cloud VPS can be hosted on any hypervisor on the cloud in a given location because your data is hosted on a centralized storage system, called a SAN. Your VPS can be moved to another hypervisor to keep you online if any hypervisor in the cloud should fail. In addition to that first failsafe, your data is also replicated across multiple SAN units, so if one fails another can step in and get the job done. Cloud VPS is perfect for websites or applications where availability is paramount, and SSD VPS is best when speed and instant deployment is the priority.
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