Whether you’ve just started with web hosting or you’ve been around for the past few years, you may have heard about the “Cloud”, “Cloud VPS” or “Virtual servers”. Of course, there exist plenty of other similar terms we could go through. In this article, we will try to explain what is Cloud VPS and how does it work.
What is the Cloud?
Let’s try to define both terms first and explain to you in detail what is a Cloud Virtual Private Server (VPS). When we say “The Cloud”, we usually refer to “Cloud Computing”. Cloud computing, is by definition, a practice of using a network of remote servers accessible via the Internet to store, manage, and process data rather than on a local server or a personal computer. You can access your machine at any time and from anywhere as long as you are connected to the internet.
What is a Virtual Private Server (VPS)?
The VPS is a private, dedicated hosting environment that is a partition of specific resources from a parent server through the use of virtualization. We implement a hypervisor or virtual machine manager (computer software, firmware, or hardware that creates and runs virtual machines) to run virtual machines on a host/parent server. Each virtual machine is called a guest instance or child instance, relating a guest to a host and a child to a parent.
Essentially, the VPS is like a physical server that exists as a piece of software running on a host/parent server.
The hypervisor presents to the guest operating systems a virtual operating platform and manages the execution of the guest operating systems. Guest instances that share common operating systems may also share virtualized hardware resources but remain independent of each other.
So, what is Cloud VPS?
A Cloud VPS is a cloud computing solution based on Linux’s Kernel-based Virtual Machine, commonly called KVM.
It offers scalable and virtualized resources as a service, usually purchased on a pay for what you use. In a standard web hosting environment, you would pay for a certain limit you cannot get past. Instead, you pay only for the resources you actually use which in the long term, can benefit you in many ways.
You get dynamic provisioning in a scalable, virtual environment. The resources you’ll need for most projects can be available in minutes. Basically, with Cloud VPS you can get near-instant access on a new server.
Best of all: you can do this without the need of migrating your data or changing your server settings.
Can Cloud VPS Scale?
One of the major benefits of a Cloud VPS is that it can easily be scaled up or down when your hosting requirements change.
You may find that your website needs more resources in order to effectively service your site visitors. Or maybe your business is scaling down and you don’t need all the resources you have.
With a Cloud VPS, you can scale your configuration easily, at any time. As the host node controlling the virtual server can allocate resources as necessary within a few clicks. So you don’t need to worry about running out of power.
How to manage your Cloud VPS?
Accessing and configuring a Cloud VPS is made simple – as you will be provided full root level, SSH, and FTP access. Additionally, any Windows servers will include Admin and RDP access. So, you can add any third-party applications, libraries, or modules that require root access with no trouble.
Server Control Panel
Depending on the level of management you choose, a server control panel is also an option. The tools you need to manage your server are right at your fingertips. Managing your sites is a breeze as well. You will use the control panel to manage every part of your sites, email, DNS, databases, users, and much more.
With our internal dashboard, we provide even more control and information on your server. You can see there your current configuration as well as usage for memory, storage, and bandwidth.
Are you reaching your limits? That’s not a problem! Your server will not stop but you can upgrade the plan at any time.
A Cloud VPS is an ideal solution for small and medium businesses with variable workloads and demands. Whether you are hosting an email server a busy website or a database a Cloud VPS is a cost-effective solution.
It provides you with the same levels of security and control as a Dedicated Server without making you pay for resources that are often not used. This means that you still get dedicated RAM, CPU, and disk space allocations but at a much lower cost and with the flexibility to upgrade only when you need it.