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Differences between a virtual dedicated server (VDS) and a virtual private server (VPS)

May 29th, 2009

Although virtual dedicated servers (VDS) and virtual private servers (VPS) are similar, the main difference between the two is virtual dedicated servers (VDS) are specifically built, tested, and configured to handle larger websites and web based applications.

Main virtual dedicated server features

  • your own operating system install (Linux or Windows)
  • guaranteed CPU, RAM
  • easy transition from virtual private server (VPS) to dedicated server

Main virtual private server features

  • share the same operating system with other virtual private servers
  • use less reliable local disks for data storage
  • share hardware resources among multiple customers

Which one is right for you?

Both types of virtual servers provide more memory, disk space, power, and reliability than a shared web hosting account and both cost much less than a dedicated server. Fewer hosting companies provide virtual dedicated servers (VDS) as virtual private servers (VPS) are more common. In most cases, your shared web hosting provider offers virtual private server (VPS) services and will upgrade your shared web hosting account to a VPS plan. Contact your hosting provider to determine the best approach for your specific needs.

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What is a virtual dedicated server (VDS)?

May 29th, 2009

A virtual dedicated server (VDS) is similar to a virtual private server (VPS), but typically offers more resources and control over your server.

Main features of a virtual dedicated server (VDS)

  • you can run your own Linux or Windows operating system (OS)
  • guaranteed amounts of CPU, RAM
  • designed and configured for websites and applications that require more power
  • easy transition to a dedicated server

Flow of hosting upgrades

  1. shared web hosting
  2. virtual private server
  3. virtual dedicated server
  4. dedicated server

As you can see above, a virtual dedicated server is the step between a virtual private server and a dedicated server. Whether you start with a shared web hosting account, virtual private server, or virtual dedicate server, you can easily upgrade to a dedicated server. Hosting companies make it easy to move your website and web based applications to a higher performance machine. Most hosting providers will transition your website and web based applications at no additional charge.

See the differences between a virtual dedicated server (VDS) and a virtual private server (VPS) article to learn more.

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