How Do I Choose Between VPS or Cloud Hosting?

Both VPS and cloud hosting are two of the most prominent forms of web hosting at present. However, their individual perks and corresponding differences between them may seem difficult to comprehend. Here we discuss what these hosting categories are really about, how they are so different and who the best providers for them are right now.

What is VPS Hosting?

VPS is short for Virtual Private Servers. In VPS hosting, one physical server is compartmentalized into various sections and each section belongs to a different client (like in shared hosting). However, the advantage here is that this section will act as a stand-alone server through virtualization. It will also run its own instance of the operating system.

If you sign up for unmanaged VPS hosting, you will have the privilege of root access. As a result, full control of the website will be in your hands. If you or your team is not technically adept, you can leave all these technical aspects to the hosting provider through managed VPS hosting.

What is Cloud Hosting?

In cloud hosting, instead of depending on a single physical server, you rather depend on an extensive network of numerous servers connected by software. As a result, if any of them fails, another one takes its place right away leaving no room for downtime. Such seamless scalability is the main reason so many people are moving towards cloud hosting. It is a newer form of hosting compared to shared, dedicated and VPS, but is immensely popular in the industry nonetheless.

Differences between VPS and Cloud Hosting

1. Customization

VPS hosting allows full customization of the website and related applications. It provides the client with root access in unmanaged hosting and thus, you can tweak the technical configurations as much as you like. Your website will run on its individual instance of the operating system but the whole server will run on the same OS. So usually, you can’t choose between Linux and Windows after signing up for the hosting plan.

Cloud hosting also imposes certain limitations on the customization area since its operation is distributed among numerous servers. However, its liberty to customization is narrower than VPS as there is no root access privilege. Nevertheless, you can choose any OS you want from the readily available Windows and Linux clouds.

2. Scalability

We already mentioned how conveniently scalable the cloud hosting variation is. The amount of resources is theoretically unlimited in cloud hosting since any server can be replaced at any time without the risk of intermission periods. So you can have boundless storage device, bandwidth and processing power for your website ensuring 100% uptime.

VPS hosting, on the other hand, has limited scalability. Although here the client operates all website functionalities through a virtualized server, it is still bound by the fixed amount of resources in the container physical server. To scale up the resources beyond a certain point, you must migrate to another plan which can pose downtime risks.

3. Performance

Both VPS and cloud hosting is capable of providing grade-A performance for your website. However, VPS can fall behind due to its aforementioned limited scalability.

If your site is gaining a huge audience and requires more ample resources to handle the traffic surge, a VPS host might not be able to take care of that situation. The physical server can extend its resources only so much. If this container server fails for some reason, so does your website and all other sites residing there. These neighbor virtual servers can also adversely affect your site by using up the crucial resources.

A cloud host can add as much capacity as you need in real-time with no downtime. All the functionalities and configurations of your recently failed server can be migrated to a fresh capable server almost instantly. So no matter how high the traffic goes, your website can handle it like a pro.

4. Cost

VPS hosting plans come at more affordable prices than cloud’s packages. Since the amount of resources in a particular portion of the physical server does not change, the overall expenditure remains constant for the whole hosting period. On the other hand, since you can scale the resources of cloud hosting according to your changing needs, there is no guarantee on the final cost. But such services can assure you cost-effectiveness. You only have to pay for the resources you are using. In VPS, you may have to pay for unused resources as well since they are part of the fixed virtual server.

Here are Some of the Best VPS Hosting Services

 

Eliran Ouzan
Author:
Eliran Ouzan is the Co. Founder and designer of HostAdvice and also owns Moonshot Marketing LTD, a leading web design & development firm and was a member at GreenPeace.

Widely known for his pixel-perfect and high conversion rate web designs. Over the course of his web experience he experimeneted with over 200 web hosting companies and have a superior knowledge on what defines a good hosting company.

Share this post

"How Do I Choose Between VPS or Cloud Hosting?"

How Do I Choose Between VPS or Cloud Hosting?