Virtual Private Servers
A virtual private server (VPS) is a partitioned server that has its own operating system, disc space, and bandwidth. Businesses can utilize a VPS like their own dedicated server without the costs, maintenance, and technical knowledge required when purchasing, owning, and maintaining their own server. These servers function very much like dedicated servers, but at a fraction of the cost. You can utilize as little or as much of the server resources you need, providing the ultimate in scalability for start-ups or growing businesses. Schedule a consultation to learn more.
The Benefits of Virtual Private Servers
Virtual private servers (VPS) allow you to begin your virtual environment with the minimum amount of resources you need and, as you grow, add more exponentially. The flexibility associated with VPS is one of its greatest attributes. You can avoid substantial setup costs and fees and free up internal resources. You have full control over your server, allowing access to the operating system or even reboots. The benefits of virtual private servers also include:
Given the robust technology and redundancy on the virtual server hosting platform, we can provide greater uptime and automatic recovery in the event of a hardware failure. Snapshots provide the ability to quickly roll back to previous versions of software and code. Nearly real-time backup to immutable sources provides greater peace of mind in the even of a compromise.
Everything your company does will perform better and more efficiently on a VPS. Whether it is your website, email hosting, or something else, you can count on improved performance if you make the switch to a virtual private server. We ensure each one is optimized fully to suit your needs, further bolstering the performance.
When you use one of Conscious Networks’s virtual private servers, you’ll know precisely which resources are available to you and how you can deploy them to help your company. More importantly, there will be no unneeded programs or features. All you have to use is a lean, mean machine that gets the job done.
Your virtual private server is entirely separate from other users on the same general server, giving you security. In other words, only you will have access to your data, and you can optimize your security settings in numerous ways. For instance, you can put up firewalls and additional security tools if you choose to do so.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have more questions about our virtual private servers? You can learn more in the section below!
One of the questions we often hear is, “What is a virtual private server?” To put it simply, a private virtual server, or virtual dedicated servers, can be a sophisticated computer that houses all the information and files that go into operating your business. The use of the word private is important because you are not required to share your CPU, RAM, or any other resources with other businesses or users, because your VPS server is dedicated to you and your business needs.
This may include a server that is off-premises, on redundant hardware, which can provide a plethora of advantages to businesses. It may also include licensing of various components like databases, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, operating systems, backup and recovery systems, web hosting, or database servers. Some of these systems may be authentication related, database operations related, website, business intelligence and processing of data.
These servers often employ something called “virtualization technology.” This is used to divide the formidable server into several private virtual servers. Consider it as one tangible piece of hardware that performs the roles of multiple independent servers. This approach can create redundancy and important up-time considerations for security or routine maintenance issues.
VPS hosting mimics the functionality of a dedicated server while often reducing the cost, or outsourcing the maintenance and monitoring duties to a trusted technology partner. A VPS is a truly “private” server since it effectively separates your digital files from those of other users at the OS level. This means that your data will be housed in a secure environment with the resources you need, such as CPU cores, RAM, and disk space.
VPS hosting is designed for a variety of business industries and applications and is often more versatile than a physical piece of hardware at your facility. It often allows a small or medium sized business to access enterprise level service at a fraction of the cost.
The cost of a virtual private server depends upon your unique business needs. It’s important to note that, while many technology service providers offer virtual private servers, the costs can vary dramatically when evaluating peak demand. Some providers will provide a low cost of entry point that is not realistic when your quarterly or annual usage is evaluated. For this reason, we always suggest a holistic approach to technology so that you don’t get caught in a long-term contract that may cost you more in the long run. At Conscious Networks, we believe that the best answer to the cost question is provided after a full systems audit to ensure that all scenarios and requirements are considered.
A virtual private server (VPS) is a virtual machine created from a physical server whereas a dedicated server is a physical machine without a virtualization layer. To determine which option is best for your business, the answer can be complex and, at Conscious Networks, we do not believe there is a one size fits all approach. This is what truly separates the “big box” providers from a trusted technology provider. Here are the differences between VPS and dedicated servers, in very simplistic terms:
- A Virtual Dedicated Server
You have a single dedicated server that is set aside exclusively for your business, as opposed to sharing the resources (and fees) with other site owners. While this approach may cost more, it offers you complete control and segregation of your resources and may allow you to tailor the solution to your specific requirements.
- Virtual Private Server
Unlike shared hosting, a VPS can provide scalability, elasticity, a faster CPU, expandable RAM, your own OS, and limitless bandwidth. A VPS offers many of the advantages of a dedicated server at a reasonable cost.
After all, if you go to AWS, you will most certainly be convinced to buy their service(s). Conversely, if you go to Microsoft, you’re going to be sold their options. As an independent technology provider, we offer a variety of solutions, based on the best option for your business and requirements.
While each has pros and cons, VPS hosting is generally preferred over cloud hosting for a number of reasons, but again there is no one size fits all answer. With a virtual private server, your data is stored on a physical server, while cloud storage involves storing your data online. Many cloud service providers have service agreements where the ownership of your data is ambiguous, whereas a VPS can help create clearer ownership of your data.
Your technology partner should have the following resources and experience, at a minimum:
- A holistic approach to technology – choosing a VPS requires consideration for all areas of your business operations.
- Understand your business growth initiatives – the solution for your problems today may be totally insufficient based on your business goals
- Industry experience – does the provider have the depth and breadth of industry experience and technology talent?
- Reliable & effective 24/7 support and service – will you be communicating with someone on the other side of the world, perhaps with a language barrier or time delays?
- Backup & recovery strategies – no matter where your data resides, it must be backed up and recoverable in any event.
- Network monitoring – does your provider routinely monitor and take proactive action to ensure that your data and network will be up and running to support your operations?
When you choose us as your virtual private servers hosting provider, you can expect the following:
- Access to 24/7 U.S. Based customer support
- Common sense recommendations
- A no obligation systems audit to analyze the findings and work with you to ensure your budgetary and operational needs are fully addressed
- 20 years of technology and systems management experience
- The talent and ability to analyze issues and recommend a solution that addresses the immediate need as well as future considerations.
- A holistic approach which considers all aspects of the infrastructure and addresses them as an ecosystems and not a group of separate functional parts.
- The ability to provide security solutions that address current threats as well as new and developing threats.
- A best value approach which considers the cost structure that fits your budget and prepares you for strategies that can address future concerns.
If you are considering virtual private servers in the USA, you would do well to include Conscious Networks in the conversation. We will help you objectively evaluate all the options for the best solution to your technology requirements today and with an eye on future growth. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation!