What Is VPS and What Is a Dedicated Server?

In case your website usage needs more resources from the server, you have probably been told that it is time for you to upgrade to something that can better fit your needs.  At this stage, you have two options: a virtual private server (VPS) or a dedicated server.

So what is VPS and what is a dedicated server?

With a dedicated server, you can enjoy complete resources of the machine. Think of it as your home computer.  The hosting company will allocate all the RAM, Processing Power, etc for you. If nobody else shares that computer with you, you can set it up however you like and you can limit the installation of software according to your needs.

A virtual private server is a dedicated server that has been partitioned, or split up so that a few other clients can share the same machine.  Each VPS can have its own operating system and control panel and never shares resources with anyone else. This is like sharing a home but having a private room. You can set up your own room with your needs and nobody will share anything that is in your room.

Is VPS a better choice?

In comparison with dedicated server, VPS comes at a lower cost. In comparison with shared hosting, they are much more reliable and faster in response. Virtual private servers are a cost effective way to get all the benefits that a dedicated server has to offer, without all the costs.  Virtual private servers are significantly less expensive than dedicated servers and are a nice middle ground between shared web hosting plans and dedicated servers.

Who can benefit from VPS?

Virtual private servers are an excellent fit for those who use too many resources for a shared web hosting account, but not enough to warrant investing in a dedicated server.  This may include:

  • Small businesses
  • Active forums
  • Ecommerce stores
  • Websites with large databases
  • Highly trafficked blogs
  • Websites with resource intensive scripts
  • File sharing sites
  • Video streaming websites

In short, any website that has experienced a large amount of growth and finds that they are consistently using more resources than their web hosting accounts affords them can benefit from a virtual private server.

At Arvixe, you can enjoy managed VPS solutions so you do not need to worry about the how-to work with VPS!

This concludes what is VPS and what is a dedicated server

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10 Comments on What Is VPS and What Is a Dedicated Server?

  1. Great post, I think people should learn a lot from this weblog its really user genial .

  2. Walter Scott says:

    Web industry is getting more and more powerful. They now have a new tool in improving themselves.

  3. Grouppz says:

    Thanks for sharing this with us! How large should a disc space be for a social networking site, like i.e. Twitter.

  4. vps says:

    Wow!, this was a top quality post. In theory I’d like to write like this too – taking time and real effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I keep putting it off and never seem to achieve anything

  5. arif says:

    may i know what support do you give in relation to the “managed” vps? if let say i would like arvixe to install nginx and eaccelerator, it can be done at no extra charge??

    • Noah S says:


      With a managed VPS we will make sure it is up to date and install any modules you need installed. We will not be able to change the core system of the VPS through and so we would not be able to install programs such as nginx.


  6. Sharad Gupta says:

    We are currently hosted on VPS Pro at your hosting. We are running into CPU overload issues which is putting our VPS down everyday 3-4 times. We have been offered to upgrade to your entry level Dedicated Server as a solution. I need to understand how will that help. As I see it, in VPS we have a QUAD core processor while in dedicated server you are offering DUAL core processor. Admittedly, RAM is higher 4 GB vs 2 GB and HDD 500 GB vs 80 GB. But our current problem is that PHP processes are using all of CPU power putting our server down. Please advise, if this upgrade from VPS Pro to basic Dedicated Server will solve our issue? Am I missing something in CPU comparison?

    • Hello,

      Thank you for contacting us with your question. I will be emailing you shortly to get more information so that we can help you as much as we can!

      Thank you,
      Arian Jahansouz

  7. eden says:


    In VPS program, do I get the whole 4 cores (for example) or do we share them with other people?
    Because it says the VPS has a Q9300 with 4 cores – if I’m the only one who uses them, what do other people do?

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