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Difference between cloud hosting and VPS hosting

Discussion in 'Web Hosting' started by thewebhostingdir, May 28, 2009.

  1. #1
    Can anybody brief me the difference between cloud hosting and VPS hosting?

    Thanks!
    thewebhostingdir, May 28, 2009 IP
  2. cfortner

    cfortner Peon

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    There are only small differences. VPS hosting while it can be served via a cluster is commonly found on a single "beefed up" server. While cloud computing is generally found run on a cluster of servers that allow for redundancy and fail over. Additionally, you will commonly find that cloud computing is using ISCSI or other form of Network Storage for its storage space, while most of the VPS hosts I see are using local storage.
    cfortner, May 29, 2009 IP
  3. thewebhostingdir

    thewebhostingdir Well-Known Member

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    You mean cloud hosting is a cloud of servers and VPS hosting based on a single server which can create multiple containers?

    Also can you tell me what is ISCSI?
    thewebhostingdir, May 29, 2009 IP
  4. gary4gar

    gary4gar Peon

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    Meaning one big fat server is slit into several virtual servers which gives better utilization of server resources.

    Simply put cloud is term used when sites not hosted on any single server, instead a series of servers. for making a could one could use series of Servers or VPS boxes.

    Difference
    VPS is an located at single location server, whereas cloud refers to distribution of sites on various servers.

    ISCSI stands for Small Computer System Interface which is used for storage in cloud. more here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISCSI
    gary4gar, May 30, 2009 IP
  5. eFishy

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    iSCSI is basically where you have a load of servers with no hard drives.
    Instead you use another server with loads of hard drives and make the other servers connect to this over the network using the protcol iSCSI.
    Allows them all to share one drive, also you can normally get more space easy enough from your host.
    Watch out for bad performance though when loads start accessing data.
    eFishy, May 31, 2009 IP
  6. MossoCloud

    MossoCloud Banned

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    VPS = Virtual Private Server which is a mechanism to slice a physical server into virtual chunks (thinking it as slices of the physical computing resources such as RAM and CPU time) that each run and respond as if it's a separate server.

    Cloud hosting is an emerging technology that enables the pooling of large number of separate physical computers / servers / computing devices together so that they act like one, and websites or resource consumers (active processes, user applications) pull resources for computing from the pool as a whole.
    MossoCloud, Jun 11, 2009 IP
  7. ravee1981

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    The only difference I found out?

    Cloud Hosting is new, and VPS hosting is better.
    ravee1981, Jun 12, 2009 IP
  8. SSANZ

    SSANZ Peon

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    Incorrect, Cloud Hosting is better. VPS hosting has been around for a while ;)
    SSANZ, Jun 12, 2009 IP
  9. Rudhir

    Rudhir Peon

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    From the user standpoint, cloud hosting offers on-demand scalability of computing resources. A VPS will not offer that.

    Cloud hosting will be a shared environment with little control over the enviornment/upgrades, etc. A Virtual Private Server is controllable at your end.

    Though even a VPS can be built with High Availability, it will be better in a cloud environ.

    Which is better will depend on what your specific needs are. Cloud will help where the computing needs forecast is not available while a VPS will be useful where you need to have a customized environment to work on.

    Hope this provides additional context. :)
    Rudhir, Sep 23, 2009 IP
  10. glo

    glo Peon

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    hosting : resources like memory share by all user
    VPS hosting : you get resources special for you.
    glo, Sep 26, 2009 IP
  11. waqyum

    waqyum Peon

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    So finally which is better Cloud Hosting or VPS?
    waqyum, Oct 5, 2009 IP
  12. fcolor

    fcolor Active Member

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    Cloud hosting must be delivered from fully redundant infrastructure (in terms of the availability of computer resources). It might use virtualization, but it might use physical devices as well. VPS could be provided from different type of hosting infrastructure. It can be a standard server, it can be any kind of load balanced physical infrastructure, or it could be a cloud.
    fcolor, Oct 12, 2009 IP
  13. Derekk88

    Derekk88 Active Member

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    Well this is a bit of an old thread, therefore some out-dated info on it. But it shows up on google first page for "vps cloud hosting" - so people are reading it. Here is an update.

    The following is from first hand experience, and I don't sell or affiliate with any such service. i am just an enthusiastic user.

    Comments on this thread seem to differentiate VPS from Cloud hosting as if these are mutually exclusive. They are not. One can have the best of both worlds!

    VPS Cloud hosting is the same familiar VPS idea built on a "cloud" or cluster of servers. It allows for fast increase (or decrease) of resources (memory, drive space, cpu..etc); temporary (burst scheduling - think about that for a while) increase in resources, and fully customizable softwares of your choice.

    You can build a raw installation of the most of the common Linux OS's... even Windows IIS if you want (I can't think of any good reason :p). You can get your own Cpanel/ WHM license and install it yourself, or you can get a host-provided license (cheaper) and get it installed with your OS, or install your own and get the host-provided license (whatever you want).

    Or...You can install your own admin interface lilke Plesk or no admin interface and just SSH all day, or WHATEVER! You can install your own mail server, or no mail server.... really whatever, configure it the way you want.

    You can build one big (or small) server, or create several VPS's. (I'm not here to promote anyone in particular, bit my provider does the following)... you can create multiple web servers, dns servers, mail servers on one cloud account in several different geographical locations (say what!). You do this by adding "nodes" and setting up the nodes as separate VPS servers; and configure them with whatever software you want. Afterward you can configure them in a network to provide your seamless end user hosting services. Then you can add nodes (increased resources) and assign the node to the server in your group that you want to increase.

    The flexibilities and scalability are ridiculous (in a good way). It can be as small as a small VPS standalone, or as large as a mini multi-data center network. Its freakin great.

    So which is better VPS (stand alone) or Cloud VPS? Hmm.. that's like comparing a used 1999 Ford escort to a 2010 Mercedes CL600 - let's see... they are both cars... I think the comparison stops there.:cool:
    Derekk88, Aug 15, 2010 IP
  14. ralsan

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    Ok. Get this:-
    With cloud servers, you are able to scale instantly and without prior warning, because your data is centralized and not stored on the node itself. This allows for easy migration to a node that suits your new requirements with no downtime. Moving your RAM requirements up to 128 GB can be done should your application require it. This allows for maximum resource use and quick allocation of these resources to fit any vertical or horizontal growth.

    With a virtual server on the other hand, scalability is limited by the resource amount used up on the node. If you want to scale from 8 GB RAM to 36 GB RAM, server limitations may make this impossible to do. Data is stored locally so moving to a new node with more resources available will cause you downtime for several hours. These servers do not do well both in vertical and horizontal growth.
    ralsan, Feb 3, 2011 IP
  15. hostingguru

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    When it comes to web hosting it seems as if every webmaster is striving to eventually purchase a dedicated hosting plan. However, the new cloud VPS hosting environment has changed that perception somewhat, especially for the more experienced site owners that understand the need for instant expandability. VPS and dedicated hosting have some very striking similarities, and to the untrained eye they may appear to be exactly the same. Both hosting types allow for excellent site performance and are used by business professionals on a daily basis, and both hosting types are a step above shared hosting. However, there are some significant differences between the two. The following information outlines some of the basic differences between dedicated hosting and VPS hosting.

    Fundamental Differences

    Dedicated hosting is used to describe a server environment in which you are given access to a web server that is not being utilized by any other webmaster. In other words, you have access to the entire web server ad its software configuration at all times, and you are basically leasing your own private web server. VPS (Virtual Private Hosting), while similar, does not give you access to an entire web server, but instead allocates a specific amount of server resources from a web server to your hosting account. VPS hosting is therefore an intermittent step between shared and dedicated hosting, sharing similarities with both hosting types yet leaning more towards a powerful version of shared hosting.

    Cost and Setup

    In terms of cost, VPS hosting can be purchased for a much lower price than dedicated hosting, with prices starting at only about $10 per month, depending on the plan and hosting provider. However, it should be noted that VPS hosting is one of the most versatile hosting types, with costs ranging into the hundreds for the more comprehensive plans. Dedicated hosting on the other hand is generally more expensive and the pricing is less flexible, with most hosting providers only offering a few dedicated hosting plans in both the Linux and Windows platforms. Fortunately, and ironically, the setup cost of dedicated and VPS hosting is usually less than shared hosting because plans can be paid for on a monthly basis, whereas shared hosting (while cheaper overall) must be paid annually in many cases. If you’re on a budget and you need a plan that is more powerful than shared hosting then you may want to consider a VPS hosting plan.

    Capabilities and Features

    In general, unless you’re in need of an extensive hosting solution, you’ll probably find little difference between the performance of a dedicate hosting plan and a VPS hosting plan. However, some VPS hosting plans do have significant restrictions in regards to software configuration and installing your own software on the server. Even so, some VPS plans allow this, which is why it is important to check with the hosting provider if this is an important issue. Regardless of your needs or preferences, it cannot be disputed that dedicated hosting is more powerful than VPS hosting, unless you’re utilizing the cloud hosting environment.
    hostingguru, Feb 11, 2011 IP
  16. manashseo

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    Very nice info...I came to know many things about VPS and cloud hosting
    manashseo, Feb 19, 2011 IP
  17. brenton17jul1948

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    Different definitions of cloud computing, so that's why you're confused. The general cloud concept is of a system that is highly scalable and not dependent on one physical server, so it's redundant from hardware failure.

    A VPS will be a virtualised 'slice' of a physical server. It will act much like it was its own server, with allocated RAM, Disk and CPU. However if that physical server fails, then all the virtual servers on it will be offline until it's repaired.

    You can find virtual servers on cloud platforms. Difference being that rather than there just being one physical server there will be a grid of servers and an automatic failover process. So if physical server fails, your virtual server can be reprovisioned automatically on alternative hardware.

    You also have rackspace cloud sites, which is different as you don't get your private server and operating system - just the ability to host sites on a redundant scalable platform.

    Hope that helps.
    brenton17jul1948, Feb 20, 2011 IP
  18. ponsankari

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    Cloud Hosting would be advanced method to host a lot of big sites as it could accommodate a large of resource utilization.. On moving with security concerns, VPS would stay unique with defined partition on the server while you can never be sure where the data gets stored with cloud hosting. But cloud hosting provides the customers in a huge manner.
    ponsankari, Apr 22, 2011 IP
  19. Web3Hosting

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    If you are planning to expand your website, then in terms of scalability and performance cloud hosting is the best option for you.
    Web3Hosting, Apr 22, 2011 IP
  20. Whitehat Guy

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    I agree cloud is the best for scalability.
    Whitehat Guy, Sep 27, 2011 IP