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Virtual Private Servers (VPS) have become a sought-after hosting service, thanks to its several benefits and features. Webmasters and business owners prefer VPS for transacting businesses online because it has the power of dedicated servers at a much lesser cost.
VPS, as the name implies, is private. Your data is secure and isolated from other customers. You can safely access your independently controlled data without any worries of anyone else seeing that data. This type of solution provides you with a unique set of options: It offers you full control and guaranteed resources.
This type of hosting virtualization technology is based on the concept of dividing physical servers into virtual machines. These multiple virtual private servers run on a standalone computer that serves multiple websites, but they function as servers dedicated to exclusive purposes within a shared environment.
All the divided physical servers have its own operating system (OS) that runs the hosting software for a specific user. A single computer can have several virtual private servers and each of them can be individually configured and rebooted to run the server software.
VPS is an ideal hosting option for users and businesses who are running complex IT applications and are experiencing substantial website traffic. If you feel your online business has outgrown a shared hosting platform, it is time for you move on to getting VPS. VPS offers businesses a flexible solution that is secure, economical, and user-friendly.
Here are some of the usage benefits from using VPS:
Regular hosting. With VPS, you can run your website using plain HTML and PHP scripts or any open source content management system (CMS) like Drupal or WordPress.
Hosting other services. You can host other services like FTP (File Transfer Protocol) servers, mail servers or any other servers you may want to use.
Reseller shared hosting. VPS is also used for reselling shared hosting because of the low-cost option it has for starting a hosting business. With VPS, you only invest in resources that you need and use the technical expertise from your VPS provider.
Backup server. VPS is an affordable way to create a backup of your files, databases, and websites. Use a VPS hosting plan that has more disk space and RAM.
Domain Name Server (DNS). A directory of sorts for domain names and convert them to IP addresses for balancing loads or backup servers if offline or not yielding connections.
Game server. VPS can be used as a game server for maintaining low-resource online games that are played in multiplayer scenes.
Ultimately, a virtual private server can serve multiple uses as long as it should have the appropriate requirements to make everything run smoothly and efficiently. For instance, when using a VPS for just hosting regular websites with open source software, it is best to address what your software basic requirements are to make it function properly.