What’s the Difference Between VPS and Cloud Servers?

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, September 5th 2012 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, FAQs

There is a lot of talk these days about cloud computing or cloud hosting. Many companies are using these terms loosely to discuss either VPS or cloud servers (public or private). But, what do these terms mean? You will definitely see a difference when you look at the price tag, so understanding what each of these services are will help you in your quest to determine the best option for you or your company.

To help you out, here is a description of each and even some of their pros and cons.

Virtual Private Server

Also known as VPS, Virtual Dedicated Server, VDS

Definition: One physical server, divided into several smaller server slices that each act as their own virtual server environment.



Cloud Servers

Also known as VM, Virtual Machine, IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service)

Definition: Cloud servers utilize multiple servers connected together in a cluster which is backed by SAN storage. Customers utilizing a cloud platform will benefit from the multiple servers because they will receive unlimited storage, maximum bandwidth, managed load balancing and no ties to a specific piece of hardware. The basic difference between public and private clouds are in public, the cluster is multi-tenant and a private is a single client.



As you can see, the cloud servers are a little light on the con side. And, if you are utilizing a shared cloud, the cost is not significantly more than a VPS and there is much upside.

Hopefully these points have helped clear up some of the differences between VPS and cloud servers, but if you have any further questions or would like to discuss how a cloud server could benefit your business, simply contact us and we would be happy to help.

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