The best explanation of VPS I have ever been given was through an analogy. It should help you understand the basics.
Shared Hosting (also known as Web Hosting) is the Public Bus of the hosting industry. You will get to where you need to go, but the selected route might not be your ideal path. Plus, you will have to make all the stops along the way to pick up other riders. Shared Hosting has you share the overall resource of a server with a large number of clients. Since you share the server, you share the costs. Shared Hosting is ideal for low maintenance sites that don’t except high unmanageable traffic.
Dedicated Hosting would be equivalent owning your own Car. You are able to get to Point A to Point B at your convenience. However, you are also responsible for gas and maintenance. Dedicated servers provide you all the resources of a server to use at your discretion. However, you are also responsible for all the maintenance and cost associated with ownership. Dedicated Hosting is ideal for businesses that need to be able to control and fully customize their servers to meet the demands of this company.
Virtual Private Servers (VPS) would be the Vanpool in this analogy. With a vanpool, a select number of participants share all the resource and cost of the van. This allows for efficient transportation without the inconvenience of a method like a bus. VPS is often the step between Shared and Dedicated Hosting because it offers many of the benefits of Dedicated without the limitations of Shared Hosting.
Hey guess what? We are the bomb. We are so the bomb that I am bringing ‘the bomb’ back into linguistic circulation. That’s right! According to the lovely visitors and voters at Dedicated Server Directory, we have been selected as the #1 Unix Server Provider for July 2008. Each month, frequenters of Dedicated Server Directory are encouraged (proud to say, without the use of violent death threats) to vote for who they believe to be the best in any given field; from Unix Server Provider (ahem, that would be us) to the best Managed Host, Dedicated Server Directory invites everyone to throw their two cents into the mix.
Here at SuperbHosting.net we would like to use this opportunity to make a few necessary thank-yous because apparently Dedicated Server Directory doesn’t organize a grand event at which we could deliver an appropriate acceptance speech.
First things first, we couldn’t have won this award without our Speak and Spells, without which we would have never learned to read or speak in a creepy, robot voice. Crucial to winning this Unix award.
We would also like to thank cherry Timbits – without which we might not have had the nourishment to go on. (With a special shout-out to chocolate Timbits for always being there to follow up a cherry and creating a delicious cherry chocolate heaven in our mouths day in and day out).
And finally…our dashing good looks. There, I said it. I wasn’t going to, but it had to be said. We are a ridiculously good looking company. And there is something to be said for that when it comes to Unix Server Awards.
You may already know what dedicated hosting is but may be trying to decide if you need it or if shared hosting is enough. While there is a 3rd alternative; virtual private servers (VPS), they are simply an upscale, more flexible version of shared hosting.
For those who are not clear about the difference. Shared hosting or virtual hosting is when you share resources with many others, much like living in an apartment building, whereas dedicated is like owing your own house. Sometimes depending on the hosting company, your web site may be one of hundreds, even thousands of other web sites on a single dedicated server. On the other hand, if you get your own dedicated server, you have the entire server dedicated to your needs alone.
Your web site will have complete usage of the server’s resources therefore your web pages and other online applications will be served faster. Unlike with shared hosting, having your own dedicated server mean you rent or lease to own (this is unique to Superb) from the web hosting company. Generally this includes the hardware, operating system, connectivity and the monitoring of the server which are then amortized over a period of time. Unique to Superb, this can be for as little as 1 year, after which you pay for collocation only (an incredible savings when compared to other hosting companies, often tens of thousands of dollars over 3 years).
For more on deciding on whether or not you need dedicated hosting, here are a few guidelines which may be helpful plus other things to considering when making the decision to get your own dedicated server. (click here for the full article)