VPS plans are generally charged on a set of resources, such as memory or disk space, and those resources cost money to use. The pricing is also different. With a Cloud Server, you just pay for what you use and you only pay for what you need and not more. Since your website or web application is shared with many other sites on the same host server there’s no need to pay for unused resources that aren’t being used by any of your other websites, but they’re still there providing your sites with a solid base to run from and so are in fact being used.
As a result, the overall cost of a Cloud Server is much lower than that of a VPS Plan. And in terms of performance, cloud servers use an architecture that’s designed to scale and grow as you need it to. Due to this setup, one of the greatest advantages is that you get full control over the operating system. You can choose among any free Linux distribution or even create your own custom OSs if you want.
Another great advantage is that cloud servers are backed by enterprise-grade hardware such as HP and Dell servers with support for RAID on storage options, more than enough bandwidth, and vast amounts of storage space amongst others. Yet another advantage is that cloud servers can be backed up to a remote location, thus increasing the security of your data.
There are also some disadvantages though. Cloud hosting is still at an early stage and thus the standard of service sometimes lacks behind those provided by dedicated servers or VPS providers. Additional issues can include downtime in some instances due to overload or maintenance or even power outages. So to sum up, the key differences between VPS and Cloud servers are that Cloud Servers are managed by virtualization tools that use multiple physical servers behind one single operating system.
They provide you with a large number of allocated computer resources to run your own applications and website. The prices for cloud servers are lower than VPS or dedicated server plans since parts of the hardware are shared among many customers. By choosing a VPS or Cloud Server, you decide what part of your website’s resources to allocate for each request. You can easily add more resources in the future for any increase in traffic or application needs.
That’s why Cloud servers are also referred to as elastic computing. The main disadvantage of the cloud servers is that they are based on virtualization and thus have some problems with performance in comparison to dedicated or VPS hosting. But still, cloud Hosting is a really fast and effective way to host your website or web application or any software applications without any problems.
With VPS you share server resources with other customers on the same server, so your site’s performance may be affected if other sites on your server require a lot of resources. If you’re running a resource-heavy site, such as an e-commerce site, then this can have a noticeable impact on your site’s performance. However, there are some completely resource-light sites that can be hosted on a VPS and function without any issue.
In the cloud, the server resources are allocated dynamically from one to another. So you can allocate resources based on your needs or based on system application usage. However, this type of setup may not be suitable if it requires very specific hardware specifications. For example, shared hosting is not suitable for compiling and installing large software programs such as games or virtual machines.
In the cloud, you can choose to move files between servers instead of accessing them directly from the host machine like with a dedicated server. (e.g. remote file copy) This depends on how much user data is stored on the server. On a shared server the data may get deleted in case of a server failure.
Shared hosting can be good for small sites since there are no limitations as to how much space each virtual private server (VPS) customer can use and the operating system software is not restricted. However, shared hosting may be more expensive than dedicated hosting for most websites that require high-speed hardware and extensive database resources.