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What Are the Differences Between Cloud Computing vs. Virtual Private Servers (VPS)?

Virtual Private Servers have long been recognized as a way for businesses to 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, consuming cloud computing 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 private cloud server to back up your data.

VPS and cloud computing are not mutually exclusive options. 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.

Why Use Cloud Computing or VPS?

Public Cloud

Scale up or down on demand, while paying only for the resources you use — across compute, storage and networking products.

Managed Virtualization

Get a single-tenant solution that scales to address predictable peaks in demand. It's a cost-efficient way to scale your resources while consolidating your physical hardware footprint.

Private Cloud

The private cloud is ideal when you require the highest levels of control and security or need to address compliance or regulatory requirements.

Hybrid Cloud

Create a seamless connection between your platforms to take full advantage of cloud scale while satisfying security and compliance requirements.

How Can Rackspace Help?

Consider us an extension of your IT department — one with the expertise to deploy, secure and scale the VPS solution of your choice. Options include:

OpenStack Public Cloud

Powered by OpenStack®, Rackspace open cloud hosting is fast, flexible and reliable. Take advantage of a wide portfolio of compute, storage and networking products to help keep you in total control of your hosting infrastructure. Select a managed service and let our team of experts work with you to build a solution that incorporates exactly the right service level and architecture design for your specific business needs.

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VMware Managed Virtualization

This managed virtualized cloud solution, powered by VMware®, includes the security of dedicated servers along with automatic backups, recovery and snapshots. You also 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.

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OpenStack Private Cloud

This private cloud solution gives you the same freedom, flexibility and scalability as the public cloud, but in a single-tenant server environments designed, built, installed, hosted and supported by the OpenStack experts at Rackspace. We also offer a wide range of storage and network products, plus the benefit of 24x7x365 access to support from experts.

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RackConnect Hybrid Hosting

For customers hosting their VPS in our open cloud who also need to address PCI compliance, we offer RackConnect®. 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.

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