VPS vs. Cloud
When it comes to choosing between cloud servers and virtual private servers (VPS), which is best? In short, the main difference between virtual private servers and cloud servers is scale.
VPS has long been recognized as one of the ways in which businesses can reduce IT costs and increase operational efficiency. By isolating applications and programs within one virtual server that’s set aside solely for you, VPS provides high levels of privacy, security and control. But while VPS delivers cost savings on hardware and offers the flexibility to run multiple operating systems or sets of programs on individual servers at the same time, it doesn't scale well.
In contrast, buying a cloud server is like buying a much larger ecosystem that allows for scaling up and out. A cloud environment allows you to more easily add more resources to your server, such as RAM, processors or even cloned copies of your server for data back-up.
VPS vs. Cloud does not have to be an either/or option. You can host your VPS in a virtualized environment. This allows you to convert one physical server into multiple virtual machines, each of which acts like a unique physical device for running both IT resources and web applications in a flexible, instantly scalable and cost efficient manner.
Your VPS Hosting Options With Rackspace
Powered by OpenStack®, Rackspace open cloud hosting is fast, flexible and reliable. You get the ultimate in power, control and performance with the ability to dynamically scale up at a moment’s notice to meet demand — while paying only for what you use. Take advantage of a wide portfolio of compute, storage and networking products to keep you in total control of your hosting infrastructure. Or select a managed service and let our team of experts work with you to build a unique solution that incorporates exactly the right service level and architecture design to meet your specific business needs.
A managed virtualized cloud solution from Rackspace, powered by VMware®, is the ideal option for businesses experiencing rapid growth or fluctuating needs such as seasonal or marketing-driven peaks in demand that require a single tenant solution dedicated to their individual needs. It is the cost-efficient way to scale your resources and consolidate your physical hardware footprint.
Rackspace gives you the ability to rapidly scale up to meet your performance and capacity needs while only paying for what you actually use. You also get the security of dedicated servers along with automatic backups, recovery and snapshots. Plus, you get the support of our virtualization team, including VMware specialists who manage your physical server, virtualization layer and virtual machines so you can get the most out of your solution.
Rackspace Private Cloud is the best option for businesses requiring control and high levels of security due to strict compliance or regulatory requirements. It’s also ideal for organizations that require a dedicated VPS solution, but want to maintain the flexibility of open standards and avoid vendor lock-in. Built using OpenStack technology to give you the same freedom, flexibility and scalability as the public cloud, we will design, build, install, host and support your single-tenant server environment. We also offer a wide range of storage and network products, plus the benefit of 24x7x365 Fanatical Support®.
For customers hosting their VPS in our open cloud who also need to address PCI compliance, we offer RackConnect™. This unique, hybrid solution bridges your entire hosting infrastructure — including dedicated servers, virtual servers and public cloud — to deliver the best of both worlds. With RackConnect, you have the ability to store customer data and payment information and conduct transactions on a dedicated server while still harnessing the cloud for scaling when demand is high.
How to Get Started
Getting the right Virtual Private Server option for your business could not be simpler.