What is a VPS?


A VPS is a virtual private server - a complete operating system install that is dedicated solely for your use, running in a virtualised environment. 

With recent advances in software and hardware in the field of virtualisation, it is becoming increasingly common for people to turn to the Virtual Private Server (VPS) as a solution to their server infrastructure requirements.

In simple terms, a VPS is simply an instance of a server, running its own operating system on virtualised hardware. A normal setup might include several VPS servers running on a 'host' server - the actual physical server. It offers all the advantages of a full, dedicated server, but with the cost benefits of a shared hosting environment.

A VPS server provides the following benefits:

  • A server setup that is equivalent in most ways to a dedicated server, for a fraction of the cost.
  • Complete control over the server - you get full root access and can manage every aspect of the operating system.
  • Ease of setup and provisioning - a VPS can typically be spun-up on demand within minutes after your initial request. There's no waiting for hardware to get installed.
  • Ease of expansion - VPS means you can start small and scale up as required.
  • Ultimate flexibility - you're not subject to the typical limitations of a shared hosting service.
  • Ease of operation - no more waiting for a technical support person to reboot your server. Virtualisation offers easy remote reboots.
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