VPS Hosting: Advantages and Drawbacks

Deciding where and how to have your IT systems and your website hosted is not something to do without a good deal of thought. Here are some of the major vpsconsiderations:

Benefits of VPS Hosting

  • Cost. A VPS hosting account allows the cost of hardware and maintenance to be spread across a number of users and is therefore less expensive to run than a dedicated server, though it is likely to cost more than simple shared hosting. A properly negotiated VPS plan should mean that the user pays only for services actually used
  • Scalability. As the user’s needs grow, so can the amount of resources dedicated to them and there is no need to invest large sums at the outset in equipment that may not be needed for some time
  • Control. Compared with shared hosting, VPS gives more control over the server since the user has root access and can run scripts that the shared hosting environment may not permit
  • Security. In any system in which confidential data is stored, the owner of the data must always be aware of the risk of security being breached. On balance, a hosting service – merely because of the scale of its service, the number of its users and the need to be secure – will employ more people in security and be more competent that data integrity and security are maintained

Disadvantages of VPS Hosting

  • Service levels. Users must make sure that they are dealing with a hosting service that is not only reputable but also properly run. Services may sell more space than they actually have, relying on all users not wanting access at the same time. If this goes wrong, service levels can fall away drastically
  • The user must be able to have complete faith in the hosting service. An unscrupulous host, or one coming under undue pressure from its own government or from large users competing with or otherwise hostile to the user, can put the user’s data at risk