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Cloud VPS

(also cloud-based virtual server)

Cloud VPS definition

A cloud VPS (virtual private server) is a hosting solution that grants users exclusive access to an allocated set of resources, including CPU, memory, and bandwidth within a cloud computing environment. Instead of utilizing a single piece of physical equipment, a cloud VPS operates a network of servers. It combines the benefits of dedicated servers, including better control, power, and flexibility, with the cost of a shared hosting plan, offering users the best of both worlds. Each VPS runs independently with its own operating system, and other virtual servers in the same server environment cannot negatively impact its performance.

See also: cloud operating system, virtual host

Cloud VPS advantages

  • It enables users to quickly scale their resources on demand, delivering optimal performance.
  • Users can customize their operating system, software, and resource allocation.
  • A cloud VPS is more affordable than dedicated physical servers because customers pay only for the resources they use.
  • It minimizes downtime: If one physical server fails, the virtual servers migrate to another.

Cloud VPS disadvantages

  • It offers less control than a dedicated physical server regarding hardware and infrastructure.
  • It can introduce potential security risks, such as noisy neighbor issues and data breaches within the shared environment.
  • It may lead to variable performance, especially during peak usage times.
  • Managing and configuring a cloud VPS may require technical expertise without managed server support.