When business owners consider cloud services, they often focus on the potential savings. Although it’s true that the right cloud services can save both money and money for your business, another important factor to consider is the potential for evolution. In the same way that cloud hosting simplifies storage and backups by eliminating the need for on-site equipment and system management, virtual hosting simplifies upgrades as they become necessary, allowing nearly instantaneous changes to your storage and hosting resources.
VPS, Not Shared Hosting
Shared hosting may provide sufficient resources for a small personal site or a local business site that doesn’t get much traffic, but businesses, especially midsized companies and larger, need dedicated resources to ensure their sites stay up and running and provide a good user experience every time. Although dedicated hosting, which involves the exclusive use of a server, provides one solution, it’s a costly one, and many businesses do not require an entire server for storage and hosting needs, so paying for dedicated hosting is often a waste of money.
A virtual private server, or VPS, is a midway solution between shared and dedicated hosting that offers potential for evolving cloud services in the future. With a VPS, you still share a server, but that server is partitioned and you get your own part of it, which includes a dedicated amount of resources. Since you’re sharing, a VPS is cheaper than a dedicated server.
A VPS ensures you get a determined amount of resources while keeping the cost of hosting budget-friendly, but among the many other benefits of a VPS is its versatility. One of the most important aspects of a VPS to many business owners is its capability to run any operating system and allow control over the server operations. Since a VPS is by definition private, it’s also privately maintained, which means the partition can be managed and rebooted individually from the rest of the server, giving business owners greater control over operations.
Since a VPS server is simply a partition, VPS hosting is also an ideal choice for growing businesses. Hosting companies offer multiple VPS packages, with different quantities of bandwidth, storage space and RAM, and you can upgrade your package at any time without having to transfer data between servers. This allows your hosting package to evolve with your business. You can add more resources as you need to install new programs or store more data, so you’re never paying for more resources than you need or are left in a lurch when you need more storage or bandwidth.
Although keeping costs down on necessary expenses such as hosting is essential to any new business’s success, the ability for your business to expand in the most stress-free way is something to start thinking about early. By starting out on a VPS, you pay for only the dedicated resources you need at the outset with the potential to easily expand into the greater quantity of resources you may need later. It’s a way of preparing for your business’s future success, while bearing in mind the budget and needs of your business currently.