Virtual servers vs. physical dedicated servers: key differences you should know

To make your website visible to internet users, you must host it on a server. Choosing a server is not easy. You need to consider cost, resources, site performance, and the power of the hardware. To decide which server is right for your website, you should first familiarise yourself with different types of servers based on your needs. Two types of servers are available for hosting websites, either dedicated or virtual. This article will explain each server’s function, and help you decide which is best for your website.

Virtual server

In the web hosting industry, virtual servers are commonly referred to as virtual private servers or VPS. They are often situated in an off-site data centre or the cloud. Server virtualization involves converting a physical server into several virtual machines through a hypervisor. As it stands, users reside in their own private slots on one big server that offers processing power. Virtual servers are cost-effective compared to physical servers as they save on hardware expenses. They also need relatively less energy, which is good for the environment. The hypervisor ensures that resources are evenly allocated, and everyone gets a separate domain. The ability to virtualize servers also allows for more flexibility in adapting to dynamic workloads.

Note that each private server operates independently as far as software and resource availability are concerned. Don’t confuse it with shared hosting. With VPS, you get complete access to server configuration, making it an ideal upgrade for shared hosting.

What are the benefits of virtual servers?

A physical server generally serves a specific operation or application with its entire processing power. Maintaining several physical servers takes more energy, money, and space. However, virtual servers use virtual infrastructure implemented across clustered hardware. The resulting benefits are improved data recovery in case of a disaster, minimal or zero downtime, and quick rendering of applications. In addition, virtualization enhances IT productivity, responsiveness, efficiency, and agility.

What are the drawbacks of virtual servers?

A common drawback of virtual servers is resource hogging. An overflow of independent servers in a single physical machine can lead to resource overuse and inferior performance. However the way we configure our virtual private servers means that this won’t occur. – Read more

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