Shared vs. Virtual Private Hosting: Making the Right Choice

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Virtualisation has narrowed the playing field for IT within business. In today’s financial climate, IT has become the indispensable framework that touches all departments, all levels of operational workflow. How quickly you perform tasks and support infrastructure through the use of IT is pivotal to engaging customers and enabling staff.

It is here that choosing the right virtual server hosting providerbecomes a crucial decision. Choosing to host your services on an internal IT infrastructure no longer makes sense. It has become a straight choice between Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting and shared server hosting.

In this article we take a look at the major advantages and disadvantages of choosing either type of hosting strategy.

The Advantages of VPS

1. Provides a rich environment for the customisation of programs and services around your precise business functions and resources.
2. Best-in-class for those needing to run their own applications and service models across customisable environments and open networks.
3. Delivers ultimate flexibility to install and configure bespoke software, service applications and therefore uniquely manage workflow.
4. Showcasing optimal levels of customisation, that are cost prohibitive to many organisations, helps differentiate from competition by targeting unique and engaged audiences.
5. A dedicated service offers complete autonomy over resources, guarantees optimised usage of these resources, maximises disk space, memory, bandwidth, etc.
6. Meets the exact needs of business with full stability by minimising the impact of process spikes and scheduling processor hungry tasks to run at times of low activity.
7. Maximum performance of IT resources with externally managed data centre optimisation, performance management and network monitoring.
8. Development and test environment capabilities to pilot new applications, workflow processes, etc. before actually deploying them in a live working environment.

The Advantages of Shared Hosting

1. Shared hosting is the best low-cost option for start-ups and SMEs with minimal need for IT footprint or global outreach. Deployment as a standard build with no fuss, no frills.
2. Reduced need for technical knowledge of IT infrastructure, hosting protocol or system resources that need training for anything other than rudimentary IT tasks.
3. Minimal dependency on 3rd party development and advanced maintenance/monitoring of services. Truly a ‘plug and play’ option to build an initial IT environment or web presence.
4. Shared hosting as an off-the-shelf service has limited flexibility but offers extreme ease of use and simple application support to deploy and run basic IT operations.
5. Offers the cheapest option because of the sheer volume of competing vendors. Prices start extremely low as many clients can be bundled onto a single ‘shared’ server.
6. Instant availability, purchase and migration tools, due to low storage and performance requirements, shared hosting creates minimal management overheads.
7. Convenient to set-up and run with negligible on-going maintenance requirements. Enables you to concentrate on your business and not the upkeep of IT.
8. Efficiency of services require very little storage space and bandwidth across a network. Keeps your hosted service running smoothly at all times.

In Summary
While shared hosting offers the perfect balance to run a cheap and cheerful IT stack or website, it offers little by way of scalability. Certainly as your business grows, services expand and product ranges evolve, your hosting will need to keep pace. Computational power and consumption are sure to increase as multimedia, communications and data warehousing demands meet across virtual networks far and wide. Your IT environment will therefore ONLY provide optimum speed and agility on a dedicated virtual server.

Ultimately managed for you and you alone, VPS delivers maximum value and above all an ability to customise your IT enablement strategy for a future of growth, not stagnation. It is therefore clear that the solution of choice for any business with intentions of being innovative should be a dedicated hosting provision, not a shared resource with the masses.

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