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9/4/2011 – cPanel VPS vs. Full Licenses

Posted by admin on 04 09 2011.

Over the years, many technological advances have been introduced in order to maximize the use of existing technologies. Those web hosts that have thrived are often at the forefront of those who have implemented new strategies. The surmise is simple. Industry pioneers often exceed everyone’s expectations, while those who lag behind often fail.


The web hosting industry continues to evolve, and any business interests that seek to continue in the industry must be equally evolutionary in their business and technology models. It is with this in mind, that one of the relatively recent web host tools to have found its place in mainstream web hosting is Virtual Private Server, or VPS.


What is VPS?


An in-depth discussion of how a VPS works is beyond the scope of this article, but here are a couple of important points to remember. The concept of shared hosting has been in full use for several years. It is simply the ability to park and serve more user accounts (web sites) from one physical server. While each account functions individually, each account is somewhat limited in server access, i.e. there are no shared hosting accounts that have root access to the server. VPS takes this a step further.
While VPS is basically a variation of shared hosting, i.e. there are many accounts that share one physical server. A major difference is that a VPS account grants the user root access. This root access is a feature that has been previously granted only to dedicated servers. Root access gives each user more control over what features they can offer their own customers, while maintaining the overall security of the server and all of the other accounts that are located on it.


Difference between cPanel VPS and cPanel Dedicated (Full) license


When ordering a cPanel license, one of the selections you must make during the ordering process is if the cPanel will be installed on a Virtual or a dedicated (Full) server. A dedicated server requires one license, and it will cover all accounts on that dedicated server. You can essentially use this cPanel for an almost unlimited number of accounts, or at least as many accounts as the dedicated server can physically sustain.


A VPS license is different. VPS is often set up to work with a particular container such as Virtuozzo, Xen, or VMware. Depending on the server configuration, multiple VPS licenses may be required. A VPS license is required for each partition on the server. It should be noted that licenses might be purchased separately as you sell your partitions to your clients. Further, depending on the system resources, each partition is permitted unlimited virtual accounts.


Regardless of the type of cPanel license you purchase, you are only allowed one cPanel license per server. One license cannot cover two servers, and there is only one type of license allowed per server. You cannot mix a full and VPS license on one server.


Although we have tried to cover as much information as possible, space has not permitted a full discussion of this exciting web-hosting topic. Perhaps one of the important points to leave with is that every server configuration and every customer are different. If there are any questions about which cPanel license is right for you, your sales representative will be more than happy to supply you with the answers you need to make a knowledgeable cPanel purchase.


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