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A comparison of Virtual Private Server (VPS) vs Cloud Hosting


Any hosting plan will undoubtedly get you started, but beyond that, it's important to know the differences when choosing VPS vs Cloud. Below we'll see a comparison of VPS vs Cloud to help you make that decision.


VPS hosting provides a web-based hosted virtual machine emulating a private web server. Virtual Private Server hosting allows full configuration, customization & administration as if you had a dedicated server and similarly, available resources are configured within those virtualized hardware limits.


Cloud hosting provides similar functionality to VPS but the resources are on-demand. This model provides shared resources and services billed based on usage. This differs from shared hosting and VPS in that many cloud servers are integrated to share all resources providing high resource availability.


Flexibility & Optimization

VPS Hosting provides a quickly scalable solution based on purchased VPS resources.


Purchased resources include:

  • Memory
  • Processor Speed
  • Disk Space
Cloud Hosting instantly scales based on your resource usage and bills accordingly.


Server resource utilization is monitored for:

  • Bandwidth
  • CPU Usage
  • Memory Utilization
Control, Customization & Security

Security and control is paramount to VPS hosting. A virtual private server provides unmatched control and customization of your environment. Security is greater with VPS since the underlying systems are controlled and isolated by similar means and standards to which a dedicated server is secured. As well, data is stored within a defined partition of a given server so the location of your data is centralized.


  • Highly Secure
  • Emulates a Dedicated Server
The virtue of Cloud hosting is that resources are distributed across so many machines that resources are continuously available and expansion highly flexible. However, it is far beyond the control of the user how this is achieved and maintained. This limits security and control as it is not possible to be sure where data is stored at any given time as it could be spread across any number of cloud machines.


Server resource utilization is monitored for:

  • High Availability
  • Instantly Scalable

Monthly Billing Rates


VPS is billed on a monthly rate for each VPS. This rate is based on purchased resources of guaranteed availability like memory, CPU, disk space, backups, and other features but is a static monthly rate. Often a VPS will exceed the purchased limits when resources are available but this is not guaranteed at any given time.


Benefits of VPS monthly billing:

  • Predictable billing
  • Possible to exceed purchased resources if available
  • Ideal for predictable traffic

To the Minute Billing


Cloud hosting customers typically pay a monthly fee based on the numbers and types of users (seats) requiring access to the particular applications and services hosted by the cloud company or the resources utilized over the billing period often down to the minute.


Benefits of Cloud hosting minute billing:

  • High availability
  • Ideal for unpredictable traffic
  • Ideal for unpredictable resource usage



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