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Contemplating My Need for A Virtual Private Server
Monday, 02 August 2010

Have you ever considered using a virtual private server? They are nice, because you do maintain full control, with a peace of mind about not having to really deal with the hardware whatsoever, or even set up the operating system, whether it be *nix based, or Windows. I'm almost to a point with all of my websites that I may need to look into a VPS to at the very least host my busiest SQL databases. I'm looking for linux based hosts, and so far have found a few that look promising.

I need to decide how much RAM and diskspace I really need. Right now, my databases are setup to be as conservative as possible, but I have a feeling if I unshackled them so that I could unlock the full potential of my CMS softwares that I may get to the point of requiring more resources than ever imaginged. Being that I dabble in Black and Greyhat SEO, some of the applications, scripts, and techniques I use are...taxing, to say the least.

A VPS really is better than the current shared hosting I have. Only my data would be on the VPS, meaning more security. Furthermore, with guranteed resources, my sites would all perform as fast as they possibly could, depending on how much RAM and processor power I purchase.

My current shared host throttles my CPU, RAM, and disk space allotments. A VPS seems the next logical step, as dedicated servers are way too expensive - between dealing with purchasing the space, my own hardware, configuring it, and dealing with failures, it just seems illogical.

Wouldn't a VPS be the best of both worlds? It's managed hardware wise, so you don't have to pay for that, and it gives you complete backend controls with dashboards and what not, but without sharing with anybody else or maintaining expensive hardware of your own. VPS's also offer burstable memory and such, allowing you to deal with the digg effect without having a huge server crash as 50,000 people hit your blog simultaneously (I've dealt with that one on shared hosting before - it wasn't pretty).

Furthermore, I can have the VPS grow with me as my sites and their requirements for resources grow. Instead of manually upgrading anything, you in most cases just adjust a slider and lock yourself in for higher resources...nice and easy.

Besides being good for my blogs, VPS's are ideal for about anyone who forsees themselves doing any ecommerce, cloud computing, or large database type of serving, especially on a budget. These types of sites usually tend to grow anyway, and a VPS is a good deal because it is the perfect mix of shared hosting and it's ease of use, and the customizations available with dedicated servers, minus all the work to keep them maintained...

Do any of you have any suggestions? I know that a lot of the people that will read this post are in the IT profession, or at least have some experience with Linux or web hosting and design. If you could chime in with some information that would be great.

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Eric  - VPSes   |64.132.251.xxx |2010-08-09 12:04:04
I've been hooked on VPS servers since I started using them a few years ago. The
fact that I don't have to ever send a ticket to my host asking for them to
install something is reason enough for me! Not to mention you can find low
prices on a VPS easily. But finding a good VPS host can be challenging sometimes
and often it is hit or miss.. since some oversell and some do not. If you want
some more advice or anything of the sort just IM me sometime about it.. If you
are interested my current provider is
http://www.fastrackservers.net/billing/aff.php?aff =005 (added affiliate link so
I can get credit for referring you)

If you'd like to see what a VPS from
FastRack is like, let me know and you can borrow the keys to mine.
Xaekai   |71.227.210.xxx |2010-12-31 12:07:22
"A VPS seems the next logical step, as dedicated servers are way too
expensive - between dealing with purchasing the space, my own hardware,
configuring it, and dealing with failures, it just seems illogical."

Sir, I
do believe you have 'colocation' confused with 'dedicated hosting'

dedicated
hosting == rental of a full physical machine in their datacenter. Hardware
failure is on them.. Upgrades come with additional monthly fees. But you are
certanily free to turn that machine into a Xen host and setup a few VPS on
it.

colocation == rental of rackspace/bandwidth in their datacenter, occupied
by your own hardware. Upgrades only cost you purchase price, and time it takes
to take the trip into the datacenter and install it.
John   |63.239.159.xxx |2011-01-15 16:53:41
I went thru all the options and found the cheapest way for me was to build a
server from scratch and just rent a space in a data center. The price is the
same or better than most VPS or Dedicated servers and I have complete control.
The cost of adding more memory or disk space is a lot less than what renting the
same would cost spread out over a year. It's been up and running a year now
with no problems.
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