Is VPS Hosting Cheaper than Cloud Hosting?

There are a number of factors that will influence the costs of both VPS hosting and cloud hosting. Let’s take a look at the cost and structure of VPS and cloud hosting.

Virtual Private Servers vs. Cloud Hosting

VPS is an upgrade on the shared hosting method of splitting servers. With VPS, or virtual private servers, a single physical server can be split into a number of different virtual servers through a variety of methods. In full virtualization, the server is split up with hard divisions between each virtual private server. A single administrator prevents the virtual servers from even knowing that there are other virtual servers on the same network. In paravirtualization, the system allows all the virtual servers to manage the virtual server divisions, thus reducing the draw on power from the center. In OS virtualization, there is the least amount of power consumed from the division of the physical machine into private virtual machines.

Cloud hosting, on the other hand, draws server resources out of a cloud made up of the resources of a number of different physical servers. The combination of physical servers allows the cloud to have exorbitantly more resources than a single physical server could expect. This allows for more dynamic scaling. Of course, not all clouds are created equal. Many companies could use the word “cloud” and have very different hosting experiences. The word “cloud” doesn’t even guarantee a certain amount of resources.

Cost of VPS and Cloud Hosting

VPS plans start around $5 a month and go upwards from there. As with most costs for hosting, the actual cost of the service will depend more on how the level of resources that you’re paying for rather than the kind of hosting. In general, VPS hosting will cost a bit less than cloud hosting. Cloud hosting has more dynamic scalability and honestly a bit better of a brand, which means that you’ll pay more for it.

Both options fall in the middle of shared hosting and dedicated hosting. Shared hosting is the cheapest option, but has performance and security issues that generally make it an unsuitable choice for many websites. Dedicated hosting, on the other hand, is clearly the best option in terms of metrics, but it is also costly. For many sites, it won’t be worth the monthly fee. That leaves you to sort out VPS and cloud hosting options, different ways of delivering you a virtual private server with less power than a dedicated server, but all the customization and security of one.

The cloud generally has a “pay to play” fee for just being on it. That means that the base value of the resources that you can get for a cloud solution starts higher than it does for a VPS solution. VPS has less scaling and more caps on the kinds of resources you can get, which means that you don’t have to pay as much to just get on the platform.

But, cloud hosting might be a cheaper solution. VPS has different levels at which you pay for. If you need more than the minimum data option but less than the middle data option, cloud hosting might deliver the exact amount of resources that you need for the least price that you’d be able to get them for.

Final Advice

Both VPS and cloud hosting are great solutions for getting your website delivered to a hungry audience. While cloud hosting is technically more expensive, it also offers more price points. Unless you happen to need the lowest plan or exactly the amount of resources that another plan offers, it allows you to dial in your cost to resource ratio.