What's better: a virtual or dedicated server?

Any master can be stumped, what to choose: a virtual service (VPS) or a dedicated server?

Regardless of the similarity between a virtual and a dedicated server, there are a number of differences. They make you wonder what is best to choose.

First, make sure that there is a need for a server, whatever it may be. The service is exactly the right place in the situations described below:

  • The site has a sufficient number of visitors, so the hosting can not cope, and the provider can sometimes block web projects because of a violation of the limit;
  • In the beginning, the user created a large project;
  • The site contains a large amount of content. This includes photos and videos;
  • For a web project to work well, you need an individual server configuration;
  • The app should be remotely accessible. For example, if employees in the company use 1C.

If you plan to create a small project, and there is no certainty that it will become in demand, then you do not need to buy a server. Virtual hosting is perfect. The main thing is not to exceed the limit in this case.

Pros and cons of a virtual server

At first, any hosting provider is physically serviced. He will take the server that divides it into virtual machines, and will provide customers. All of this applies to a virtual private server.

Pros of a virtual server:

  • Root-access, in turn, it helps in the settings of the individual configuration of the server;
  • You can install the OS along with the control panel;
  • Free backup customization, as well as the ability to solve security issues yourself.

Cons of the virtual server:

  • Settings restriction: No access to the file system and core;
  • There will be restrictions if you place with another portal, but on the same server. Even an isolated environment won't help.

Any user is provided with the resources specified in the description of the virtual service. But there is one caveat: overselling. In this case, OP resources have no attachment to a specific account.

One server contains sections of a virtual server. Everyone launches their own web project. If a person has not used all RAM, the other is allowed to use the residual resources. A simple example: the server contains 6 gigabytes of OP. Hoster gives two tariffs of three gigabytes. But the user for a full-fledged work will be enough and 2 gigabytes. Therefore, another user can use the remaining 4 gigabytes to create their own web project.

You can avoid overselling if you buy a virtual server with hardware virtualization. This service is much more expensive, but has one important advantage: no one will be able to use the user's resources.

Pros and cons of a dedicated server

That's what they call a physical car. It only uses one user. Hoster rents it out, giving wireless access around the clock. The server can be bought and installed in the workplace. But in this case, you will have to pay for the service.

Pros of the dedicated server:

  • Total control over the server and access resources;
  • Security because one tenant gives access;
  • You can create different web projects. In this case, size and volume will not matter;
  • Natural limitation is a resource that can be increased.

Cons of a dedicated server:

  • You'll have to pay a lot for services;
  • As a rule, you can't increase your resource. A simple example: the user needs to add more memory, but do not touch the settings. It is impossible to do so;
  • You need to understand what system administration is, as the provider does not provide remote control services.

There is a provider that offers an interesting opportunity. It is to place the equipment in the data center. This helps solve problems in the following cases:

  1. Bad communication or lack thereof;
  2. Power problems;
  3. Problems with air conditioning.

Of course, no one will give a service for nothing. It will have to pay every month. You will also have to pay for other benefits. For example, an extended channel.

Virtual and dedicated server: major differences

The most important difference between the two servers is the cost. The tariff on a virtual server is less than the allocated one. Of course, you can find something cheap. Only such a proposal usually exists because the iron of the physical machine is weak. Dedicated servers are considered an expensive desire that is appropriate for a large company that needs to store large amounts of information. Virtual servers are easy to use for those who don't have enough easy hosting.

The virtual server can be upgraded. Some providers have configurators that help set up the provider. For example, you can add AN OP or increase the amount of storage. In turn, almost all physical servers have a specific configuration that cannot be changed.

The table below will help you better understand the differences between the dedicated and the virtual server:


Virtual server

Dedicated server

Number of sites and databases

Has no obvious limitations, dependence on available resources

No explicit restrictions, but depends on the resources available

Available without restrictions to the server

There are, but with limitations: no access to the core and file system


The ability to install the OS and control panel

It is possible, but there are hosts that limit the choice


The presence of overselling

There may be overpayment for an unused resource

Not, because the user only receives the resources for which the payment was made

Responsibility for hosting

The work is monitored by a webmaster, but there is a remote administration service

Lies on the webmaster, but if placed on the data center, you can order additional administration services


Virtual or dedicated server: what's better?

Judging by the above information, using a virtual server is more profitable.

The physical server is best suited for big projects and large companies. The dedicated machine is a good fit for those who need to store a large amount of information and have full control over the server, including the core and file system. That's why before you make a decision, it is worth weighing the pros and cons. You can write in two columns the individual advantages and disadvantages of the two servers and compare the result. Where there will be more pros and fewer cons, it is worth choosing.

Virtual and dedicated services have both positive and negative aspects. This is due to a different system. By the way, the choice is absolutely individual. Of course, you should not ignore the characteristics of servers, their pros and cons. However, to make a good choice, you must first listen to yourself and your requirements. If it is convenient to use a dedicated service, then you need to choose it. If it is convenient to use a virtual server, then you need to choose this option. In any case, you need to use what is convenient and comfortable. The most important rule here is the desire to work. And it occurs only when all conditions are created for comfortable work.

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