Virtual server hosting services are becoming increasingly popular, but how do you find the solution that is right for you? Let's define what a VPS is, who a virtual server is for, and what to look for when choosing one.
How does a VPS work?
Physically, VPS server hosting is located in a data center with many microprocessors and other hardware. In plain language, this is a computer, but very efficient and fast. You get access to it through a dedicated channel, while you do not need to be physically present in the data center, you can use its power remotely.
What is a VPS used for?
VPS are used for hosting various online businesses, scientific and art projects that require a lot of computer performance. Virtual dedicated server hosting takes on tasks that an ordinary home or office computer cannot handle. Such as large-scale machine learning, complex calculations, rendering of a big amount of videos and images. Also, VPS allows your site or application to withstand numerous visitors without slowing down or turning off.
A bit of theory: what kinds of web servers are there?
There are two main opposites, such as a dedicated server and a shared server. The dedicated one is used only by you or your team, and third parties can connect to the shared one. It is much safer to use dedicated hosting, so your data will definitely not get to competitors and intruders.
All servers can be categorized into two primary types:
Physical (Dedicated Server, Bare metal Server) - physical equipment, the resources of which are completely at the disposal of the owner (processor, memory, data drives, video cards, etc.). This option is perfect for high-load projects, for working with databases and big data, backup data storage, video hosting, online cinemas, large media, government and corporate portals.
Virtual (Virtual Private Server, Virtual Dedicated Server, VPS, VDS) - software that emulates, or virtualizes, the operation of physical equipment. A single physical server can host many virtual ones. All users share physical resources with each other. In VDS servers, however, part of the available resources can be reserved for one specific user and so this could mean a shared processor and memory, but a dedicated graphics card for example. A VPS is ideal for start-ups, small and medium-sized businesses and projects for which an optimal price/flexibility ratio is critical and/or one which plans to expand in the future.
The benefits and disadvantages of a VPS
The only drawback of a VPS hosting may be the high price for rent, but it is also solved if you contact the HOSTKEY. We often have sales and there are discounts for paying rent for several months in advance.
There are much more advantages, such as:
- - Flexible conditions. You will get access to the hosting through the HOSTKEY account and during use you will be able to change it through our managers. Add new capacities, move the server to another country, and so on.
- - Round-the-clock support. We answer our customers' questions within fifteen minutes at any time of the day or night. We also promptly repair and replace components of our hardware, so you won't notice any downtime.
- - Safety. HOSTKEY data centers are protected 24/7 both physically and online.
Renting a virtual server in the USA and the Netherlands
To get a VPS, select one from the HOSTKEY library, use the online configurator or ask for the assistance of our manager.
Thus, on discussing the difference between a virtual server and its advantages over a physical one, we can state with confidence that it is in its flexibility combined with its attractive price.
The disadvantage of virtual servers most often quote among their proprietors is the need to have experience in server administration; however, the broader the spectrum of services offered by hosting providers, the more insignificant this issue can become. Off-loading maintenance and other responsibilities to the provider means that you do not have to think about any potential problems, for example, about how DDoS protection works or even whether it works at all. In addition, resources may be limited by the tariff plan you have chosen, but when choosing a reliable host, you will see an increase in the speed of the site and the work of your project despite these limitations.
Renting a virtual server in the Netherlands and the USA
For many international projects and companies, it is important that their resources are well received by local search engines, and that access to web portals is lag-free for clients who are in the same location as the server. That is why it is so popular for e-commerce projects to rent servers that are housed in Europen data centers. Although the VPS rental market in EU and the US is well developed, you still need to be careful when choosing a hosting provider.
Among the myriad of providers, one of note is HOSTKEY. The company has been providing hosting services in the Europe and around the world for more than 15 years. HOSTKEY’s equipment is located in TIER III class data centers, which ensures fast and reliable operations.
The opportunities provided by virtual servers from hostkey.ru are quite extensive:
- - a wide range of configurations;
- - virtual servers with GPU cards;
- - round-the-clock support;
- - fast server delivery - within 15 minutes;
- - a professional team;
- - modern and reliable equipment.
On a side note, a final option is the rental of virtual GPU servers built with powerful equipment of the kind needed for rendering, 3D modeling, parallel computing and other high-load tasks. HOSTKEY's tariff plans for GPU servers in the Netherlands and the USA are flexible. They are more affordable than those of our competitors, while the vGPU servers themselves are equipped with the latest generation of video cards and high-end processors. So, you might ask, does renting a virtual server with a GPU really start at €90 per month? Yes. You can find out more about our tariff plans on our site or contact our sales team.