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VPS vs Cloud VPS: What Is the Difference?

By May 15, 2017 No Comments

For people who have never had experience with hosting, they tend to use traditional VPS and cloud VPS as interchangeable. In fact, they are different services. VPS stands for Virtual Private Server, and it allows multiple servers to work in unison. Cloud hosting is similar to VPS, generally speaking, but provides more resources.

VPS vs Cloud VPS

Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. Hopefully, with this information, you’ll be able to determine which one is best for your website.

What is VPS Hosting?

VPS, or Virtual Private Servers, are several virtual servers that stem from one large server. Each one operates as its own server, but they all can function at the same time.

Since each one is its own server, technically speaking, that means you and your website have your own resources. It also means that you can customize and set up your own server section the way you want and/or need. It also means that there is no data exchange between yourself and the other VPS server sections.

An issue that often arises with traditional VPS hosting is the failure of the physical or “main” server. If the physical server should fail, then every single VPS that’s connected to it fails too. It also doesn’t prevent unequal sharing of resources from the physical server.

Pros and Cons of Traditional VPS

A lot of websites start with more basic shared hosting plans, so a VPS is good for websites who experience or anticipate a lot of growth. However, that alone doesn’t mean it’s the right choice. Here are some pros and cons for this type of hosting.


  • Easily customized. Like a typical dedicated server, you can access the server and control the operating system and software for your site.
  • Typically have high performance. Since you’re guaranteed a specific amount of server resources, you can plan ahead and anticipate what you’ll need for your website.
  • Highly secure. Your specific VPS may share a physical server, but your part of the server is entirely your own. No one aside from you can access it.


  • Though customizable, access isn’t limitless. While there are definitely lots of options for customization, you’ll likely hit a limit set by the physical server. Your website may also be affected by other sites on the same main server, only due to resource allocation.
  • Not the most scalable option. Even though you are guaranteed a certain amount of resources, you won’t be able to scale up your website quickly. Your existing host might not be able to handle high traffic surges.
  • Your website security could be affected by another site’s poor security. It’s highly unlikely, but not out of the question. If another website has a VPS on the same physical server, and they have poor security, there is a small chance it could affect your security.

What is Cloud VPS?

Cloud servers have many similarities to a VPS hosting concept. Here’s the difference: rather than a single server dedicated to your website, the resources are split between a bunch of physical machines.

In a cloud hosting situation, you could have access to nearly unlimited virtual machines. Each of them relies on another network of physical servers. In essence, it’s one enormous VPS. You’ll have the use of a number of servers instead of one, which allows for more resources. It allows you to scale up to accommodate traffic to your site. It’s more flexible than traditional VPS, but it’s less customizable.

If you expect a lot of growth to your site, then cloud hosting may be your choice. It’s a lot more flexible.

Pros and Cons of Cloud Hosting

A scalable, high-performance hosting service is what you get with Cloud VPS. Still, it’s not perfect for everyone.


  • Great scaling ability. Its flexibility means your website can easily accommodate higher traffic levels when you use cloud VPS. You have a whole network of servers instead of just one.
  • It’s a very secure option. It’s web-based, so you might be open to some attacks. Generally, though, your site is separate from others using the same cloud, so it provides a lot of security.
  • High uptime. Since you have so many resources, your website can adapt better and has quicker response times.


  • Not very customizable. Cloud hosting doesn’t allow for as much customization as VPS hosting.
  • Open to web-based attacks. Since your server is essentially all digital and web-based, you could be vulnerable.
  • Takes longer than a VPS to set up. If you’re looking for a quicker start up, cloud hosting takes more time and effort to properly set up.


Both traditional VPS and cloud VPS have their own benefits and drawbacks. In the end, it depends on the needs of your website. Either way, both are great hosting options, but cloud VPS offers more resources!