There are mainly three hosting options are provided by web hosting companies i. e. shared hosting, VPS Hosting and Dedicated Server Hosting.
For an individual with a small website, shared hosting is only an option offered by web hosting companies. But for an organization, want better speed , control, power and functionality over their heavy and community based website, there are two options to consider i. e. Dedicated Server and Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting.
What is Dedicated Server hosting?
In Dedicated Server Hosting, one physical server is offered by hosting company that is dedicated to you only and you are allowed to customize hardware configurations, operating system and other specifications in according to your website requirement and use the server in the way you want.
What is VPS Hosting ?
In VPS (Virtual Private Server) Hosting, a physical server is shared by many VPS clients that mean you use a server that is virtually divided into many partitions. And one partition is offered to you as a VPS server and you are given limited disk space and bandwidth that you can expand in future in according to your business needs. And you are also allowed to set up your own operating system in such a way to run applications that your website need to perform well. that will not affect to other servers present on the same machine.
Comparison between Dedicated server and VPS Hosting –
A dedicated server will cost you more for maintenance but will provide you more control and high performance than a virtual server.
Dedicated Server provides you full control to customize software and hardware components. On the other hand, VPS provides only software customization and control.
When it comes to flexibility, VPS is preferred due to its greater flexibility to optimize its resources at any given time as website needs grow. In dedicated server all the resources are dedicated to you only, you need to pay for all the resources whether you are them 100% or not.
It is very easy and fast to migrate from one VPS server to another one but in case of dedicated server it is very painful to migrate between two physical servers.
In nutshell, If cost is not concerned and you want high performance for your business,it is recommended to go for dedicated hosting as all the resources are 100% dedicated to you only and you can expand and grow your website in a high performing environment.
And for a small and medium sized business, It is preferred to use VPS Hosting as it is cost effective and more flexible.
You need to be wise in choosing one between them after taking your business needs and future growth into consideration.