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VPS Hosting: A Hosting Service, Not A Remote PC

by Chinonye on June 28, 2011

Home ComputerVPS hosting has become a viable way for companies to move some or all of their resources to a virtual machine (VM), and this virtualization has given rise to a situation in which hosting costs have been cut down along with access times. Other options such as shared hosting or dedicated hosting are often unable to compete with the benefits of a hosted VPS, and more and more companies are getting on board the virtual bandwagon as it rolls across the market.

What many companies are struggling with is the way in which to best optimize their VPS environment so that it not only provides the best performance, but continues to do so over the long term. Data storage and application usage can’t be done in the same way on a hosted VPS as it can on a local, physical server, but there are a number of ways to ensure you are making the most of your VPS optimization options.

First, it is important to understand that while it may seem like a VM is another computer you have access to, this is not entirely accurate. Your VM shares a physical server with tens of other VMs, all of which “think” they are the only VM on the machine. This allows greater control over resources for your company, but means that your VM is still bound to the physical limitations of the greater server. Both Linux and Windows based VMs are available, and Windows versions especially can seem like a massive desktop that is just waiting to be used.

It is best to think of your VPS solution as VPS hosting, rather than as a PC. Instead of installing everything that you would ordinarily put on a desktop onto your VPS, put only the bare minimum of programs. Make sure that everything is optimized for speed and space, and you will see that your VPS not only provides better access times, but that the programs you need can all be run at a local level. Keep your VMs lean and mean so that they are free for all the data you need to transfer, storage you need to utilize, or for the raw, processing power of your VPS solution.

Not only can you save VM space and make the machine operate at a higher level of efficiency, but you can also lower costs by making sure that you install only what is needed on your VM. Without the need for things like extra licensing fees in order to get programs onto your VM or resources that you don’t need on a VM to run programs from a desktop, you can free up money to buy a second VM or make intra-office networking more efficient.

By combining the best of shared and dedicated hosting, a VPS solution can often mislead a company into thinking that it should be treated as merely another desktop. While this can work, it will drive up costs and take up memory space that would be better left for other virtual items. Cluttering a VPS with unnecessary data can not only slow it down, but can mean a greater cost for service – one that your company could easily avoid.

Virtualization and the cloud are making great strides in the business world, especially when it comes to Hyper-V and VMware virtual server environments. But don’t be fooled by the fact that these servers end up looking and acting like desktops – it is better to treat them as streamlined VPS machines that can be optimized for hosted performance.

VPS hosting has become a viable way for companies to move some or all of their resources to a virtual machine (VM), and this virtualization has given rise to a situation in which hosting costs have been cut down along with access times. Other options such as shared hosting or dedicated hosting are often unable to compete with the benefits of a hosted VPS, and more and more companies are getting on board the virtual bandwagon as it rolls across the market.


What many companies are struggling with is the way in which to best optimize their VPS environment so that it not only provides the best performance, but continues to do so over the long term. Data storage and application usage can’t be done in the same way on a hosted VPS as it can on a local, physical server, but there are a number of ways to ensure you are making the most of your VPS optimization options.

First, it is important to understand that while it may seem like a VM is another computer you have access to, this is not entirely accurate. Your VM shares a physical server with tens of other VMs, all of which “think” they are the only VM on the machine. This allows greater control over resources for your company, but means that your VM is still bound to the physical limitations of the greater server. Both Linux and Windows based VMs are available, and Windows versions especially can seem like a massive desktop that is just waiting to be used.

It is best to think of your VPS solution as VPS hosting, rather than as a PC. Instead of installing everything that you would ordinarily put on a desktop onto your VPS, put only the bare minimum of programs. Make sure that everything is optimized for speed and space, and you will see that your VPS not only provides better access times, but that the programs you need can all be run at a local level. Keep your VMs lean and mean so that they are free for all the data you need to transfer, storage you need to utilize, or for the raw, processing power of your VPS solution.

Not only can you save VM space and make the machine operate at a higher level of efficiency, but you can also lower costs by making sure that you install only what is needed on your VM. Without the need for things like extra licensing fees in order to get programs onto your VM or resources that you don’t need on a VM to run programs from a desktop, you can free up money to buy a second VM or make intra-office networking more efficient.

By combining the best of shared and dedicated hosting, a VPS solution can often mislead a company into thinking that it should be treated as merely another desktop. While this can work, it will drive up costs and take up memory space that would be better left for other virtual items. Cluttering a VPS with unnecessary data can not only slow it down, but can mean a greater cost for service – one that your company could easily avoid.

Virtualization and the cloud are making great strides in the business world, especially when it comes to Hyper-V and VMware virtual server environments. But don’t be fooled by the fact that these servers end up looking and acting like desktops – it is better to treat them as streamlined VPS machines that can be optimized for hosted performance.

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{ 6 comments }

WrigleyF June 29, 2011 at 9:06 AM

The best advertising for VPS is the sheer number of companies that are using it these days.

PotsNPans June 29, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Good tip about putting as little on the desktop as possible with VPS. I like this kind of resource conservation!

Randy5 June 29, 2011 at 9:10 AM

It’s amazing how many programs you find unnecessary when you’re really strategic about your optimization.

Stoddard June 30, 2011 at 8:53 AM

There was a time when dedicated hosting seemed like it’d always be the gold standard, but now that honor has passed to VPS.

silkysmooth October 27, 2011 at 5:31 AM

what are the main differences between the way you would treat a streamlined VPS and the way you would treat a desktop?

Rusher February 23, 2012 at 7:35 AM

Its amazing to me that VPS can save you money but still increase your hosting times. Imagine paying LESS for faster speeds, not more.

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