If you’ve ever wondered, “what are common use-cases for VPS servers?”, you have come to the right place!
We have compiled a list of the top 10 uses for VPS servers, as observed by Rad Web Hosting staff, during the course of providing VPS hosting services since 2015.
It should be noted that this compilation is not scientifically or mathematically based, as Rad Web Hosting does not log user or client usage details. In the interest of full disclosure, the number of VPS we host, or have hosted, that we DON’T KNOW the specific use-case or purpose for is significantly greater than those we are aware of.
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The occasions where we gain insights for specific usage are:
- Managed VPS servers-where server techs handle day-to-day administrative tasks and often help clients achieve specific server configuration requirements for their project needs.
- Custom VPS servers provided in response to client’s pre-sales request
- VPS servers which clients disclose their purposes during support requests or other interactions.
Since Rad Web Hosting also offers unmanaged VPS servers (at a rate of around 15:1 un-managed:managed), our “insights” are based on a relatively small data sample.
Being that as it may, we’ve decided to present our findings to you in this post, just the same! We may even introduce graphical or other visual aids to support our list!
Without further delay, we present the our report of the Top 10 Uses for VPS Servers (as far as we know)!
Top 10 Uses For VPS Servers
VPS hosting provides an effective means of hosting websites. You can utilize VPS to run game servers, VPN services, development work and much more.
Ecommerce websites need quickly loading pages and can handle sudden increases in traffic during seasonal seasons, which makes scalable VPS ideal for these websites.
1. Web Hosting
Starting out our list of the “Top 10 Uses for VPS Servers” is web hosting. VPS hosting provides website owners who desire greater control than shared hosting with an affordable price point. VPSs behave similarly to dedicated servers while still granting each website their own piece of the server, eliminating hardware resource competition or impactful loading times from other websites.
Virtual hosting partitions work much like physical servers would, except they’re solely dedicated to you. This enables you to take full control of your space with features like root access that would not be available through shared servers and make scaling hardware resources up and down easier when there are sudden spikes in traffic – helping keep your site online without issue or risk from malware on other websites impacting it. Plus, security concerns associated with shared hosting don’t apply here since malware on other sites won’t contaminate it with potential issues for your own website alone!
2. Game Server Hosting
Gaming is an immensely enjoyable pastime and career for many people, while VPS servers make hosting both public and private game servers simple and safe.
VPSs use virtualization technology to split a powerful physical server into multiple virtual servers that operate independently and allow you to purchase only what resources you require or increase them as necessary.
Monitoring a virtual private server (VPS) makes managing and keeping it secure much simpler, as is rebooting it when necessary without disrupting other gamers. If your game starts slowing down or crashing, simply rebooting VPS is all it takes to quickly get it back up and running again without interrupting gameplay for anyone else.
3. VPN Hosting
VPS hosting provides you with more flexibility than what’s offered through shared hosting, giving you root server access and the freedom to choose the operating system that best meets your needs. Think of it like renting instead of owning: more freedom means making fundamental changes without disrupting the entire structure.
VPS hosting plans also make a good choice when dealing with traffic spikes that would normally bring your shared plan down, helping your website load faster while keeping its promise to visitors – another reason they are popular among business websites and search engines alike. Just ensure you have enough resources available in case there’s an increase in demand.
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4. Development Environments
Next up in our list of “Top 10 Uses for VPS Servers” is development environments. No matter if you develop apps professionally or casually, a secure working environment is vital to your success. VPS hosting enables you to set up a testing environment for your apps so you can work out any bugs before going live, while enabling multiple team members access code in a central virtual location regardless of their physical locations – perfect for remote teams working.
As your website experiences an increase in traffic, its resources may exceed what a shared hosting plan can provide. VPS hosting providers offer upgrades that allow for sudden spikes in visitor volumes while still remaining up and running all of the time. It is key that providers offer this feature as well as root access and customizable installation options that would enhance performance for optimal user experience.
5. Testing Ground
Web servers are powerful computers designed to host website files and information. VPS hosting utilizes virtualization software to divide one physical server into multiple environments with guaranteed resources and full operating systems for each virtual private server (VPS).
VPS environments are individually isolated, so if another customer on the same server experiences an unexpected traffic surge, it won’t adversely impact your site’s performance. That makes VPS an excellent solution for businesses requiring high levels of performance and reliability.
Find a provider with 24/7 customer service so you have access to assistance whenever it’s needed. Also ask how often their servers are backed up; opt for those offering nightly backups for maximum protection against hardware failure or software crashes.
6. Ethical Hacking
Shared hosting environments force websites to share a physical server, meaning any time one of those other websites starts using too many resources like bandwidth or storage, it could slow down or even shut down your own. VPS hosts however use virtualization technology to isolate your data so this issue never arises.
Ethical hackers possess extensive knowledge of security protocols and systems. Often used to test websites and identify vulnerabilities that could be exploited by bad actors.
Ethical hacking is an emerging industry and requires high-performance servers capable of handling high traffic loads while safeguarding sensitive information. Furthermore, fast connectivity is necessary so you can work efficiently. If ethical hacking is something you’re considering as a career option, look for VPS hosting providers with easy site migration support and user-friendly control panels to find a good VPS provider and start your journey.
7. Email Hosting
The next entry in our “Top 10 Uses for VPS Servers” list is email hosting. Once your website begins attracting more traffic and growing, its hardware resources must keep pace. That is where VPS hosting comes into play.
With this hosting model, one powerful server is partitioned into several virtual servers which act like dedicated servers – like living in a townhouse that offers more space and features than an apartment does.
VPS hosting can also be an ideal option for email hosting, enabling you to host thousands of accounts effortlessly with robust spam protection, daily offsite backups, and much more. Many email hosting providers like Rad Web Hosting offer a free widget which monitors IP reputation and alerts if it appears in any blacklists – protecting both business and customers alike! And since your VPS server will only host one website at any given time, firewalls or other security features can be installed as additional protection measures for further peace of mind.
8. Cloud Storage
As your business expands, its website may require increasing resources to ensure peak performance. If shared hosting doesn’t offer enough power for your needs, upgrading to VPS hosting might be the answer.
VPS servers differ from traditional hosting services by being partitioned into individual virtual cubicles – much like having multiple condominium units within a building with limited residents. Each account on such a server will receive its own set of resources such as disk space, memory and bandwidth allocations.
Hosting multiple websites on a virtual machine enables you to host them simultaneously and restart without disrupting other services, like hanging up new pictures on the wall. Businesses seeking assistance in managing their servers may opt for managed VPS plans which include hardware setup, maintenance and updates as part of the package – an ideal option.
Another popular item in our list of “Top 10 Uses for VPS Servers” is Backups. Businesses looking for redundant backups of their data often turn to VPS hosting services for help. These servers offer enough storage without impacting website performance and allow more customization and privacy since users don’t share hardware with other businesses.
When an ecommerce website experiences seasonal surges of visitors, they require fast-loading pages and adequate resources to handle sudden traffic spikes. A scalable VPS server offers superior performance and flexibility with minimal downtime during upgrades.
Virtual Private Servers, or VPSs, allow physical servers to divide their CPU into virtual processors (vCPUs) that provide each user with their own allocated processing power. This makes VPS an excellent solution for gaming servers as well as businesses relying on VoIP software for communication purposes.
10. VoIP/PBX Telephony Servers
The final entry in our “Top 10 Uses for VPS Servers” list is VoIP/PBX Telephony Servers. Hosting PBX services on Cloud/VPS servers has long been a well-known use-case for VPS servers. but, while compiling our list, we all agreed that we’ve noticed increased hosted telephony users opting for Cloud/VPS.
While we would like to declare that we’re quickly claiming huge market share in the hosted telephony cloud server market, we almost all agreed that we suspected that this was more of a lateral shift from bare-metal dedicated servers to virtual and cloud services to host a PBX system.
Additionally, many companies still prefer bare-metal servers for PBX/VoIP hosting.
We hoped you have found our compiled list of Top 10 Uses for VPS Servers educational and insightful. Please feel free to mention any other use cases you have encountered in the comments section.