VPS vs. Dedicated Web Hosting: Do You Really Need a Dedicated Server?
VPS servers are smaller parts of a dedicated server that don’t depend on each other and function independently. VPS hosting supports all functions as a dedicated server; it is less expensive and has less resources than a dedicated hosting.
Every VPS hosting has an operative system that a user chooses, on which operative system the user can install the applications he wants, such as the cPanel, game server, streaming server, etc.
A dedicated server is a physical server located in a data center. Each dedicated server has its own operative system and root data it uses to access the server. It is possible to install different applications on the server, additional sub-servers, various services, etc. Unlike VPS hosting, there is no sharing on a dedicated server hosting. You have your own resources and space and don’t share resources with anyone.
In the hosting industry, the majority of experts will tell you that the best solution is always a dedicated server, but this doesn’t have to be true in each case. Why? Why wouldn’t you want to be your own boss instead of depending on someone else? Well, the most obvious reasons are: higher expense and maintenance issues (you need an expert to care for the server functioning, possible firewall glitches, software updates, etc.).
So, which one to choose?
If you are starting with an internet project, first go for the VPS hosting and as you spread and grow, gradually increase the package until you reach an actual need for a dedicated server hosting. The main reason for this is financial, because there is no need to pay for the server of which you use only 5-10%.
Besides, over time you will learn how to administrate the server itself, so you might not need additional personnel/experts.
If you are starting with a big project right away, then go for a dedicated server. Before choosing a particular one, consult experts about matters of administration or get a managed service to be sure about that aspect. A dedicated server is an excellent choice – if you know how to use it and to care for it.