When it comes to choosing between cloud servers and virtual private servers (VPS), which is best? In short, the main difference between virtual private servers and cloud servers is scale.
VPS has long been recognized as one of the ways in which businesses can reduce IT costs and increase operational efficiency. By isolating applications and programs within one virtual server that’s set aside solely for you, VPS provides high levels of privacy, security and control. But while VPS delivers cost savings on hardware and offers the flexibility to run multiple operating systems or sets of programs on individual servers at the same time, it doesn’t scale well.
In contrast, buying a cloud server is like buying a much larger ecosystem that allows for scaling up and out. A cloud environment allows you to more easily add more resources to your server, such as RAM, processors or even cloned copies of your server for data back-up.
VPS vs. Cloud does not have to be an either/or option. You can host your VPS in a virtualized environment. This allows you to convert one physical server into multiple virtual machines, each of which acts like a unique physical device for running both IT resources and web applications in a flexible, instantly scalable and cost efficient manner.