What difference: Shared, dedicated hosting, VPS,

It only took fifteen years for the web to establish itself, both in the use of the general public and professionals. Therefore, very quickly, individuals and businesses wanted to have space to host their own website.

To meet all needs, and to adapt to technological developments, hosts now offer several types of highly differentiated offers: from simple shared hosting to dedicated hosting, from VPS to Cloud Computing, this article offers ” simply and briefly explain the challenges of these different types of hosting.

To host a website, you need to have disk space on a computer. Even if it is possible to host your site on a personal computer, at home or on the premises of a company, very quickly users turned to the services of companies specialized in hosting, for cost reasons, technical skills and practicality.

To have a suitable hosting for its future website, you must anticipate the machine resources necessary to make it work in good conditions.

It is, therefore, a question of defining its bandwidth requirements, availability or even a guarantee of recovery in the event of a breakdown. But above all, it is a question of defining the technical infrastructure of this hosting, which can take several aspects.

The most economical: shared hosting

Shared hosting is the most economical form of web hosting. Technically, this involves hosting several websites on the same server, in a standard way. These hosting are thus pre-configured and ideal therefore if one does not have skills in server administration.

The downside of this standardization is that it is not possible to customize the environment of the system, web server, applications or services. Adapted to small sites with low traffic, these hosting also do not have any specific security measures.

The most specific: the dedicated server

High-end web hosting, the dedicated server consists of providing a user with a machine reserved for his own use. The client has all the hardware resources of the server, without limitations, as well as total freedom to configure the server programs, install libraries or scheduled tasks

Dedicated hosting is, therefore, more expensive than shared hosting, but fully customizable to customer needs. Knowledge of server administration is required unless entrusting administration to its technical service provider.

The hybrid: VPS (Virtual Private Server)

A hybrid system between the shared and the dedicated, the VPS consists of creating several virtual servers on the same real server, using software virtualization technologies.

Thus, the hard disk is shared with several other users, but each virtual server has its own central processing unit and its own memory allocation. The VPS, therefore, allows more flexible administration, settings and installations than a shared server.

The most flexible: The Cloud

The concept of the Cloud developed with the massive virtualization of architectures. Cloud hosting is not simply based on a physical machine divided into several virtual machines: it is based on the interconnection of several of these physical machines, itself divided into virtual machines.

The goal is to bring more flexibility, in order to be able to change in real-time the power of a server according to the evolution of its needs. Ideal for websites that experience occasional peaks, for example.

Thus, the Cloud allows an infinite choice of sizing and increased scalability. Finally, the Cloud economic model is characterized by the fact that the user does not pay for a range of resources but rather according to the resources actually consumed.

Pooled, dedicated, VPS or Cloud, it is therefore important to fully understand the challenges of these technologies in order to adopt the system that best meets his needs, whether management, performance, service, security, customization or flexibility.

To help you choose the best type of professional hosting possible, DMT offers you advice and expertise. Get in touch with us now!

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