Virtual Private Server vs. Dedicated Server – What to Choose?

A question we get a lot from clients is “Do I need a VPS or a Dedicated Server”? We always ask the client a few questions to make sure what exactly it is they need. Below I have made a short Q/A for you to find out what YOU need. Any feedback is welcome.

As you see in the header image there is a difference between a VPS and a Dedicated server. A dedicated server has all the hardware for itself, it’s “dedicated” to just one client. With a VPS, as you can see in the image, a dedicated server gets split up by software info virtual servers. So each Vitual Machine gets an X amount of dedicated resources of that server. You can not use more than those resources which means that there is a certain amount of resources left on the server that can be used by other VPS users.

Q: Do I need a VPS or Dedicated Server?
A: This depends on your usage. Will you host a few single websites, a wordpress blog and host a few customers?

Q: I will host a few small websites and customers and some wordpress websites. Will a VPS do well?
A: Yes, a VPS is more than enough for this kind of usage. Keep in mind that if you host high visitors websites you might want to look into Dedicated Servers.

Q: Do I get dedicated bandwidth with a VPS or only with a Dedicated Server?
A: The uplink of a VPS node is between 1Gbps and 10Gbps. This is a shared uplink. This means that there are other users on the node as well who need bandwidth so you can’t get 100% of the uplink. With a Dedicated Server you have 100% of the uplink available for you.

Q: Can I get extra IPS with my VPS or only with a Dedicated Server?
A: With both services you can get extra IP addresses.

Q: What happens when my VPS hits the usage limit?
A: Your VPS might become slower as you are on your limits. The same will happen with a dedicated server, though, with a dedicated server you have more resources available.

If you have any other questions, please leave them in a comment and we would be pleased to answer them right away.

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One Reply to “Virtual Private Server vs. Dedicated Server – What to Choose?”

  1. Dedicated servers are definitely the fastest and more powerful choice which makes them pricey and available for the greater echelons of the web hosting performance range. Dedicated servers have the quality which is attractive to most is that is generally under the total reigns of the customer.

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