VPS stands for “Virtual Private Server,” but before delving into that term, it’s important to understand the basics of what is known as a “virtual server.” Simply put, a virtual server is just like the server your Web host uses locally, but it’s located somewhere else. Data is stored on a virtual server in the form of a virtual machine (VM), and this VM works just like the server you may have located down the hall. Conceptually, all that has changed with a VM is its location.
There are several reasons for choosing VPS hosting, based on its benefits:
Zero Maintenance: You no longer have to maintain your server; the owner of the virtual server will be responsible for that.
Multiple VMs: These virtual servers can be “carved up” into more than one virtual machine, meaning that you can have multiple VMs on a single server or share your server with the data from other companies.
Stability: Unlike shared hosting, the traffic and activities of other VPS customers will not adversely affect your operation.
Performance: Having your own allotment of resources allows you and your visitors to enjoy faster load times.
Dedicated Resources: VPS hosting provides you with more disk space, CPU and RAM.
Flexibility: You have the freedom to choose the operating system and software you want to install on the server.
Of course, cost is one of the biggest benefits of VPS hosting packages. With multiple customers to bear the cost, even increased performance, security, and control will often come at a lower price than shared hosting, giving you a significant cost advantage. The key is just to assure that you can find a reliable VPS solution that meets your hosting needs.