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.