While most users think of outgrowing a shared server and moving to a virtual private server, a recent Web Hosting Geeks report said many organizations waste their resources on a dedicated server when they really only need a VPS.
According to the report, most dedicated hosting owners use just half of their server. In these instances, companies can save money by switching to a VPS server, which will give them most of the same advantages of a dedicated server, but cost significantly less.
Knowing when to downgrade, according to the report, is an issue of identifying when the dedicated server is consistently underused. Dedicated server owners that regularly have server resources left at the end of the month probably do not need the dedicated device and would be better suited to a VPS.
A cloud VPS is one alternative for dedicated server owners that do not want to move to a basic VPS plan, according to the report. Cloud VPS hosting plans are more powerful than traditional VPS servers because they use the combined resources of multiple servers.
According to an earlier Web Hosting Geeks report, dedicated processing is the primary difference between VPS and dedicated servers. Both feature dedicated RAM and storage space, but a VPS uses shared CPU resources.