Which One to Opt For – VPS or Cloud Computing?


There is a lot of talk these days about cloud computing and VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting. Many enterprises are using these terms loosely to decide on whether VPS or cloud servers (public or private) are a good choice. But, before you arrive at a decision it is important to understand what these terms actually mean. You will certainly see a difference when you look at the price tag of each of these services, so understanding what they mean will help you in your quest to determine the best option for your business.


VPS is a virtual private server that is created on a special physical server in a datacenter. By its concept, it is fundamentally a server that has its resources virtually split up. These VPS pieces are often sold based on RAM or hard drive amount. A Virtual Private Server separates your data and capacity from other customers, leading to greater security, reliability, and privacy. It works almost like a dedicated server, except when it comes to paying for them, since they are, relatively, quite economical.


• Greater Access: Since VPS is completely dedicated to you; it always allows you greater access.

• More Customization: Again considering the fact that VPS is dedicated to you, it also allows you more customizations.

• Economical: VPS is typically less expensive than cloud servers.

• Easy Reboot: If required, you can easily reboot one VPS without affecting other VPSs on a shared server.


• Expensive: VPS is usually costs more when compared to a shared environment (for customers with small needs).

• Security Concerns: VPS can sometimes create security issues. In case a customer on your shared server does not take proper security measures, and gets hacked or gets a virus, then your VPS could be adversely affected.

• More Downtime: In VPS, storage is based on physical server limitations, and once you meet your highest VPS capacity, you are left with two options- buy more space or migrate to a new solution. This can potentially result in many hours or days of downtime.


Cloud computing is a popular marketing buzzword that has gone viral in the recent times. The cloud, basically, refers to a remote server used for storing information. And, the term “cloud computing” is used to describe utility computing, software-as-a-service (SAAS) model, network computing, web applications, grid computing, remote processing, and peer-to-peer computing. Cloud computing provides resources from these technology resources, leading to greater flexibility and reliability.

However, taking it one step further, cloud computing can also be understood as a utility where cloud service providers offer virtual machine instances that do not have fixed computing attributes.


• More Flexibility: Cloud computing solutions provide more flexibility, as clients can scale their resources instantly and receive a fully customized invoice to match this change.

• More Customization: In cloud hosting, it is possible for customers to easily include custom network architecture, load balancing, firewalls, and IP deployment.

• More Secure: In cloud hosting you virtually have your own server, and so it is completely secure. In case a customer on the shared cloud gets hacked or gets a virus, your cloud server will be entirely separated, thereby providing no risk to your data.

• Indefinite Storage: Since cloud hosting is based on SAN storage, it provides you with indefinite storage.


• Expensive: Cloud hosting is relatively more expensive than VPS.

With that said, hope this guide helped you see the differences between VPS and cloud computing well, and helped you arrive at a decision that is best for you and your business.

I am Becky Marriot, working as a technology specialist in ISHIR – a diversified outsourcing IT services company, based in Dallas, Texas. With over 15 years of experience in the technology domain, I aim at bringing new and innovative technology solutions to the company to help it keep thriving in the industry.

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