Beginner’s guide to Virtual Private Server Management

Jul 28,2021 by Manoj Yadav

A virtual private server is actually a virtual machine that finds its habitat on a server along with other virtual machines. So when someone looks out for server options, there are so many factors pop up in their minds but sharing information tops the list. The very idea of sharing spaces and indulgence into our server gives chills to some of them out there. In a virtual private server, the same hardware is shared among multiple users. Therefore, there always exists a dilemma constantly doubting the security of the server.

The main fear is of stealing data through malicious acts that will be a threat to the whole server and to so many users altogether. We understand that such attacks can be catastrophic at times but believe it or not Virtual Private Server Management has taken care of it all.  Once you will get to know the working behind a virtual server it won’t be difficult to put your trust into it. So without wasting any further time let’s get you all acquainted with the fact that VPS is one of the best achievements of the web hosting world.

Virtual Private Server – one-stop solution

First of all kudos to you if starting with a new website of your own. We totally get that it’s very difficult to trust fully on a hosting plan for your baby project. There is no harm in clearing all the doubts before investing in any plan because it will be only you at the receiving end. So if the website is your idea, then VPS is that virtual machine that powers your website and consolidates all the files and databases, in short, it is like a guardian to your website.

It might appear different servers, in reality, it is a single server only. The virtualization technology is so next level that it divides a single server into multiple servers on the same system. Hence, the same resource has been utilized in such an effective way without even compromising with the security of any of the virtual machines. Does it sound impossible to you how so many servers are working in such harmony and using the maximum capacity of the same physical box? It will feel like taking the whole space of that server and sharing the resources simultaneously. Although the memory, processing power, and even the hard drive space are being shared it seems like you have the full authority on all these features of the server.

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But the magic is still to unleash, even if any other chunk of the virtual private server is being used by any other website, you will not experience a single instance of memory or performance lag. Random surges on the website will not slow down any processing’s on your website. But how this miracle is happening? 

It’s no rocket science but not less intimidating too that how a single machine’s processing power is utilized in such a better way. It is all being possible just by a single layer that differentiates work on the basis of the software and the operating system. Working on a virtual server is not much different from a private server. As each virtual machine is separated by the different operating system, but other resources like CPU cores or memory space is delegated on a rationed basis.

It’s not handled on its own, a software named as hypervisor comes into action that takes care of the task of allocating resources as per the requirement and load handling. Apart from allocating resources, it is also responsible for taking care that how an individual VPS is running on the hardware server. There is a specific way in which each VPS communicates with the hardware. It is the job of the hypervisor software to decide that way. It creates an image that helps in allocating the disk space and memory accordingly. The onus lies on the hypervisor that the image has been assigned to that VPS does not use any space or memory over the limit. The space and memory of each VPS are kept secured and as separate as possible.

Then why not shared hosting?

Now this question might be striking your mind that why to opt for VPS when shared hosting also allows multiple servers to host on a single physical server. Now here comes the differentiating factor between a shared host and a VPS server. One can stay comfortable within a shared hosting environment until there is no planned upcoming expansion. But there will be a time in the future when you will think of expanding your resources. This situation will not be inevitable as the traffic can shoot on your website without any prior notice. When this will happen, you won’t get time to think, and shared hosting will then act to be of no help. VPS will be the most suitable option out of all the hosting plans.

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This is because in a shared hosting might sound similar to VPS hosting in terms of sharing the resources yet very different. Let me explain you with an example. Let’s say there is a classroom that has a Mathematics teacher teaching 20 pupils in the class. But the same teacher also gives evening tuitions individually to other sets of 10 pupils. Now the pupils studying in the class is using the same resource in a shared manner. But the pupils studying through tuitions are studying from the same teacher but individually at their homes separately. Hence, we can say that the pupils studying in the class are on shared hosting while the pupils studying from the same teacher from tuitions are hosted on a VPS server.

I think the example mentioned before has cleared some doubts regarding the presumed commonness between shared and VPS hosting. Hence, VPS might seem to be similar to a shared hosting server but it’s quite different.

The way a VPS host imitates a dedicated server makes it even more unique and has been a favorite of all. Being cheaper than a dedicated server it serves almost the services and promises almost the same efficiency. Therefore, the websites or applications thinking of expanding their resources to entertain the constantly increasing traffic should go for a VPS host without even giving a second thought.

Once you have signed up your website for virtual private server management, just sit back and enjoy the advantages of a VPS host. These advantages cover cross-dimensional features like

  • Customization on-demand
  • Control over your assigned server more than you might have expected
  • When it comes to cost, VPS hosting emerges out to a hero.
  • Resources similar to a dedicated server
  • Scalability at your door as and when asked

Do you even need more reasons to switch to a VPS host? 

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