Lately, a lot of people have been asking us which is better to use: VPS hosting or Cloud Hosting. The truth is that you really don’t have to choose one of them because you can actually use both at the same time.
Nowadays, you can host your Virtual Private Server in a cloud environment. However, this type of setup may cause some complications and not all providers can offer you this kind of hosting setup.
But if you really need to decide which of the following to use, then you need to know the features that each hosting service offers, compare them, and decide which one would best fit your needs, requirements, and budget.
To get you started, let us first describe VPS and Cloud hosting separately in order to determine the features and services that each one can provide.
VPS or Virtual Private Server is a type of server hosting where one physical server is divided into a number of smaller virtual servers that act as a separate and unique server environment. This means that the physical server’s CPU time, disk space and RAM is divided between the smaller virtual servers according to a chosen set of allocation.
The disadvantage of using a VPS hosting is that if the physical server that your VPS belongs to goes offline then every VPS on that server will also go offline.
Cloud Hosting also provides users with a virtual server, same as a VPS, but the difference is that the virtual server is not hosted on a specific physical server, but rather on any available dedicated server that the hosting company has.
This hosting setup minimizes the problem that VPS hosting encounters when the physical server that it belongs to goes offline because a cloud hosting server can be reassigned to a different server quickly whenever its current physical server goes offline.
Cloud hosting is particularly useful when your business requires several identical servers (with load balancing) to handle website traffic surges. This type of hosting service can immediately provide copies of your servers to balance the traffic that your website receives on any particular number of machines that you need.
VPS is typically cheaper than Cloud hosting because it is easier and simpler to setup up.
On the other hand, VPS hosting is limited to the specifications of the physical server that it belongs to. You can only expand your VPS as long as there is available space on the physical device that it runs on. Anything more will require relocation of your VPS to another server with bigger resources, which may take a couple of days to setup. With Cloud hosting this type of expansion will only take several minutes to accomplish. The reason behind this is because Cloud hosting servers are designed to be moved automatically from one server to another.
Furthermore, VPS gets more downtime than a cloud hosting server because when the physical server that the VPS belongs to goes down, it needs to be repaired or serviced first before being able to turn the VPS on. While with cloud hosting, when the current physical server goes down or needs maintenance, the cloud hosting server can easily be transferred or moved to another physical server instantly.
Well, the truth is that it really depends on the type of hosting service that you need. If you are running a small site with a probability of a small expansion in the future, then VPS hosting should fit best. You really don’t need to pay more for cloud hosting when a cheaper VPS hosting can accommodate your needs.
But if you run a site that generates heavy traffic, then cloud hosting is the better choice due to the load balancing and up and down scaling feature that it can provide.