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Old 02-18-2005, 05:24 PM
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What is VPS?


I'll admit...Im a little behind the times and dont quite understand the concept of VPS and how it all works.

Can someone fill me in on the advantages of VPS and what's special about it?


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Old 02-18-2005, 05:32 PM
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Virtual private server/Virtual dedicated server

Basically its your own 'dedicated' cpu/memory/OS within an os, virtualization to be exact.

The advantages of VPS:

Price - you don't need to rent a full dedicated
Hardware - someone else handles the hardware
Customizability - its a few steps up from shared, although will require greater knowledge to manage.

Its not 'special' - its just cool, affordable and a step down from a dedicated which can be quite expensive.

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Old 02-18-2005, 05:35 PM
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Interesting...so basically more control over your server config etc?

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Old 02-18-2005, 05:38 PM
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Complete control - depending on the one you choose.

Thats the thing though, its also a downside as its basically like running a dedicated server, except on a 'shared' level - but its certainly more affordable than a dedicated.

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Old 02-18-2005, 05:41 PM
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Pretty much yeah.

VPS servers usually are configured with software called virtuozzo, most VPS servers have 4 users on it or so, you get complete control over WHM, apache, php etc, and can actually optimise / break the server configuration, but virtually, rebooting the server won't do a hardware reboot, it most likely refreshes your virtual account.

A VPS will act and behave as a dedicated server, but whereas on a dedicated you are the only user on that server, on a VPS you are on a semi - shared environment, and only have control over your virtual account.

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Old 02-18-2005, 05:42 PM
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I would think 4 users per server is a 'bit' low, although it would depend on each provider.

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Old 02-18-2005, 05:54 PM
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Probably, I just calculated the average dedicated server @ 200$ then the average cost of a VPS, which is around 50$, so that concludes 4 users in round figures.

Unsure on the exact amount, just giving examples

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Old 02-18-2005, 06:00 PM
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Ah,

The pricing is normally based on the licenses as well as virtuozzo and whatnot isn't free.

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Old 02-18-2005, 06:09 PM
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You can always ask the provider what they do but I think you will find most companies put around 25-30 people per Dual CPU system with most VPS techiologies. Of course the more RAM you have tehnically the more people you can put on a server

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Old 02-18-2005, 08:15 PM
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If you want to know in non-technical term, it is just like sharing room with your friends and paying the rent in a shared manner, so your maintenance work is also limited and you are going to have all the rites for your needs.

I hope this will give more easy idea regarding VPS.

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Old 02-18-2005, 08:18 PM
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... but you still get a seperate bedroom, bathroom, and if you friends room has problems yours doesn't. But if the building has problems you are all up a creek.

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Old 02-18-2005, 08:23 PM
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Ya exactly!

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Old 02-21-2005, 02:10 AM
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how to find if a server is Virtual Private Server

hi,

how to find if a server is Virtual Private Server

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Old 02-21-2005, 10:31 AM
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I think first you should ask who you got it from. Then if you don't believe them you can try and look at the file system. For example I think virtuozzo has a very distinct file system signature. YOu might also be able to tell if the mem/HD was amazingly low for a dedicated server (256M/10G) .

I know on a product like VMware there is probably no way you could tell without poking around in memory.

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