When looking to choose the best VPS, or virtual private server, there are some important considerations to keep in mind. In this post we will identify the decisions you will need to make, show how to be sure that whichever option you choose, and ensure you have all the information you need to pick the very best VPS configuration for your needs.
Choosing a drive
Option #1: Cloud Servers
This option is for users who prioritize reliability and customization. Cloud Servers are equipped with a self-healing cloud and RAID 10 Storage Area Network (SAN). This option is available at 24 VPS.NET data centers around the globe and features a 1000% SLA (service level agreement). You also have the option to add a Power Pack, which doubles your RAM when the load is high. Note that this option is a little more costly than the next option we will cover: SSD-VPS.
Option #2: SSD-VPS Cloud
This option is for those who prioritize cost. Starting at just $5, this SSD-VPS Cloud is more economical than the Cloud Server package. But just because our SSD-VPS Cloud package is more affordable, it doesn’t mean it can’t pack a punch. Our SSD-VPS packages are built for speed and are available at 13 data centers. With a free SSL certificate and the option to add managed support, this inexpensive option is an easy choice to make.
Choosing a location
To minimize latency, it is important to choose a data center that is close to the users who will be requesting your information. Handily, VPS.NET offers hosting in 24 data centers across 5 continents. Our more recent additions include Frankfurt, Phoenix and Seattle, with more to come. This enables you to strategically locate your website in an area that best serves you. Each of our locations is hand-picked to offer the best in security, protection and reliability.
Choosing an operating system (OS)
Once you have decided which type of VPS package will best suit your needs, and have chosen a location that benefits you geographically, you are ready to select an operating system to support your VPS. There are a few options, and you might have already decided this long before selecting a hosting option. Nevertheless, let’s look at what is available to you:
Option #1: Windows
If you are looking to run ASP.NET or MSSQL as applications on your server, then Windows OS is the best option for you. Take note that there is an accompanying licensing fee when leasing the Windows OS. Many users choose Windows OS because they are more familiar with the interface, since most computers feature Microsoft Windows, meaning there is less of a learning curve.
Option #2: Linux
Linux operating systems include CentOS/RedHat and Ubuntu/Debian. This option is for users who want to support PHP, MySQL or Apache. Also, if you are looking at using cPanel, then Linux is the preferred choice in operating systems. Linux is also open source, meaning that there is typically no licensing fee, although some Linux versions do charge. Note that Linux systems do have a little more of a learning curve for those who are unfamiliar with the operating systems, as it features a less intuitive interface than Windows.
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