Virtual Private Server - The Search

created: 07.17.2009 updated: 07.17.2009
 
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Do you know what a Virtual Private Server is (VPS) or have you heard of it?  Do you already have web hosting, but you website needs more juice and that fantastic dedicated server you could have is just way too expesive, not to mention, it’s also way more complicated.  Maybe you’d like to know more before you dive into the whole thing and possible just mess up what you already have that is working…sorta.

On contrary to popular belief,  the search for a VPS service is not as har das you may think.  There are quite a few companies offering the service, however, it‘s your job to find the one that fits you best. To find the package for you, you must first understand what a Virtual Private Server is and according to the major  resource online; Wikipedia defines it as: ''A virtual private server (VPS, also referred to as Virtual Dedicated Server or VDS is a method of partitioning a physical server computer into multiple servers such that each has the appearance and capabilities of running on its own dedicated machine. Each virtual server can run its own full-fledged operating system, and each server can be independently rebooted.'' Virtualization company, Parallels, refers to their flavor of virtualization thus: ''Sometimes called OS-level or shared OS virtualization, OS virtualization virtualizes servers on the operating system (kernel) layer. This creates isolated containers on a single physical server and OS instance to utilize hardware, software, data center and management efforts with maximum efficiency.''

Ok, your first reaction is probably - what?  Ok, in laymans terms, instead of upgrading from a shared hosting account which are many many websites (many accounts) on the same server (computer), a VPS ist he same idea BUT a lot less account AND resources are allocated to each oft he VPS account.  This means that normally, ALL resources are shared, so if some person decides to take up all the resources, guess who’s website is not going to work!?  This way, you are GUARANTEED resources and less accounts means less people and in turn, less people to potentially mess anything up.   Go VPS if you can afford it.  Don’t nickel and dime yourself.  A virtual private server will save you from long nights, headaches and overall stress because while shared works great, it has the tendency to cause nightmares.

Now, you should start researching Virtual Private Server companies here:

There is a great Virtualization handbook you should have a look at which discuss in detail all the different types of virtualization to understand what exactly is going on and what are your possible choices.  Don’t forget to do your shopping by checking out the top VPS hosting performers.

We will be adding more articles to add onto this such as operating systems, control panels, costs, what tob e aware of, outsourcing help, managed VPS and unmanaged etc.  Keep checking back because we update this all the time.

Good luck in finding and setting up your VPS hosting plan!