What’s the same about Virtual Private Servers and the Cloud?

With so many different types of technology available with similar features it’s difficult to know what each one is used for, how they are similar and how they differ. In a series of blog posts we’ll explain all about Cloud servers so you can work out for yourself if they’re right for you and your company.

There are lots of similar features between virtual private servers (VPS) and the Cloud, as well understood technologies, they are both widely accepted:

  • Shared platforms – Although multiple users use the same hardware, there is a definitive separation between each customer’s data preventing any risk of impacting each other’s usage and of course ensuring the highest level of security
  • Highly secure- VPS and Cloud servers typically provided by a hosting company usually provide a higher level of security than is possible with an on premise, own-supported function
  • Quick to provision- Buying servers is quick and easy to do. The set up can be completed by the provider you choose very quickly
  • Low starting prices- which make both platforms attractive alternatives to traditional servers for businesses

As the two types of servers are thought to be so similar, you’ll sometimes see them marketed as Cloud VPS- it also ensures that a provider has a catch all term

In these cases it can be tricky to establish which technology the server uses and might be easiest just to ask!

Fasthosts’ own VPSs are very similar to Cloud servers. They are on a shared platform, complete with redundancy and centralised SAN storage but now Fasthosts have firmly backed Cloud technology for two main reasons:

  1. Our new cloud servers are more flexible than Virtual Private Servers
  2. Market trends show that customers are increasingly looking for a ‘Cloud Server’ for their next project

At the moment VPS and Cloud are fairly interchangeable terms but as more and more advances are made and the technology evolves, Cloud technology is becoming more scalable, more customisable and offers more comprehensive back up options compared to physical servers.

It’s a very exciting time in the hosting industry, as big vendors such as VMware, Citrix, Microsoft, HP etc. compete to improve their established technology products. This allows hosting providers to match infrastructure with their own skill sets to provide the best possible solutions for their customers and in turn allow each business to run their business as optimally as possible.

Next week we’ll be highlighting the differences between VPS and Cloud technology, check back on Monday to find out what they are!

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