Virtual private servers, or VPS for short, are proving to be an extremely cost, time, and resource-effective server solution for both individuals and businesses alike, as well as the hosting companies providing them. This article is going to delve into what it means to have even a cheap VPS setup, as well as talk about exactly how they work and are different/similar to other server systems.

A VPS setup is in the unique position to provide you with the privacy and stability of a dedicated server, while offering the cost-effective traits of a shared web server. A VPS works by creating partitions on one server that can be split off and utilized by multiple users. On the actual physical server, a hypervisor is tasked with managing the needs of multiple user partitions. The hypervisor tracks creations, deletions, and movements in files and settings within each virtual environment.

Because processes must be interpreted and converted for each guest using the VPS, a CPU is needed to manage the overhead of a fully virtualized system.

Furthermore, many different operating systems can run natively on a partition of the VPS, and the user is capable of installing any software that the chosen OS can accommodate. This allows for the freedom of installing and working with any programs or applications you choose while at the same time eliminating the cost of a dedicated server.

Any drawbacks? Well, because you are sharing a server environment between multiple users, RAM, processing power, and drive space can be limited. However, legitimate hosting companies have the resources to dedicate plenty of memory and space to each client and will depict exactly how much this is on their website/order page. Also, you should note that some genres of software like firewalls and anti-virus programs don’t run spectacularly on VPS. However, hosting companies have their own security measures and separation between user partitions so that those programs are unnecessary.

All in all, VPS hosting is an ideal solution for most individuals and businesses looking for their own hosting, making an easy choice for many looking for hosting on a budget (but who don’t want to sacrifice privacy and functionality).

Many services now are offering cheap VPS packages starting at something crazy like $20/month that will give you plenty of resources to, at the very least, get started with. They start at 100 gigs of storage, with a guaranteed 1GB of RAM and super-quick setup times so that you can be up and running within the same hour of your purchase.