I will explain the main difference between a dedicated server and a VPS.
What is a dedicated server
A dedicated server refers to the exclusive use of a web server or computer that can be provided by most hosting companies. A dedicated server is usually needed for a website that has a lot of traffic or high demands. For example, a site that must handle up to 20 million hits a day. The user can configure it and has full access and control of all its resources.
What is a Virtual Private Server (VPS)
A virtual server that appears to the user as a dedicated server. But that is actually installed on a computer serving multiple websites. A single computer can have several VPSs, each one with its own operating system (OS) that runs the hosting software for a particular user.
So the resources of a Virtual Private Server are shared between between all users. Therefore may not be able to handle a website with high traffic as resources are split between different websites or hosting accounts.
Finally, The VPS still has its own ram, processor and storage. But it’s a virtualised slice from the main server so resources are split with other users. VPS servers are great because they are quick to setup, easy to maintain and are low cost.
Where as a dedicated server is a full website server available with its own ram, processor and storage and the user has full control. These tend to be very expensive with high data and hosting costs.
Unless a website has high traffic or high demands, VPS tends to be a far more cost effective option. Plus there is plenty of offers and promotions by most hosting companies on there hosting plans.
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