Do you find that your basic shared server setup just doesn’t fit the bill for your business anymore? When you first launched your startup, sharing a server with countless other websites probably served your needs adequately, especially if you were running a static “brochure” website. But maybe you’ve become concerned over issues such as data security, or your traffic has grown to the point that the sluggishness of shared bandwidth has become glaringly obvious as you’ve moved up to a dynamic or e-commerce website. It’s time to request a better solution from your hosting service — but how far up the ladder do you need to move? Let’s look at your two primary options: VPS and dedicated servers.
VPS: A Smart Foundation for Future Growth
VPS stands for “Virtual Private Server.” This category of server setup is the first step up from a shared server arrangement. Think of it as the difference between living with several other people in the same room and occupying your own apartment in a residential building. You’re still all located in the same overall structure (the server) — but instead of taking up any old random space on that server, you are given your own private space that operates as if it were an independent server.
This level of hosting can provide much greater security than a shared server because it offers more specialized options for protecting your precious data from prying eyes and dangerous malware. At the same time, you’ll have more flexibility for future growth and development than a shared server with a maximum total capacity; if you want more space, you can simply purchase it. The icing on the cake is the faster, more robust performance your site will enjoy now that it’s not sharing bandwidth with every other company on the server.
Dedicated Servers: Premium Performance for Established Enterprises
At what point do you need to move up from a VPS to a dedicated server — or leap from past the VPS option entirely in favor of this form of hosting? Think of this move as removing all the limiters from your business’s online capabilities. Instead of sharing a server or renting a small, isolated piece of a server, you get the whole server to yourself.
Because your company has total and sole access to the hardware, you can wring the maximum performance out of that hardware for lighting-fast data transfer speeds. You also get the widest range of scalability and configuration options. As for security, you can forget about any of the potential vulnerabilities presented by occupying a server alongside other accounts. The only downside to a dedicated server is the cost. Dedicated servers are more expensive than other hosting options, so they’re probably best suited for large, established, profitable enterprises.
If you still aren’t sure which of these hosting service models is right for you, feel free to contact us. We will be more than happy to discuss your current or anticipated needs — and then guide you toward the answer that will help your business thrive.