I am current have my sites on a host with virtual plan. 500GM transfer paying $70. the system is 4-cpu xeon 2G ram.
And my sites probably grow and reach to 800G I think.
I am consider go for a dedicated plan:
p4, 1G ram
One thing I am not sure is the performance between these 2.
if I stay with virtual, it is 4-cpu xeon but sharing resources. If I go for a P4 dedicated I get whole server.
which one better for performances?
I think the answer lies with the overall usage of the 4 cpu system, if the 4 cpu system is running at 80% average usage , then the single processor would be a better choice. Without knowing this there is no guaranteed way to answer your question.
I guess one thing you could do is to check with your current provider as to how much resources you used off the server. It is possible that your sites are taking a big chunk off the Quad Xeon server and thus the P4 1gb may not meet your requirements. If you are using a lot less resources than the P4 1gb would suffice.
Well are your sites running slow. Do you see any performance problems with your forums. If not I would keep it virtual, however for future growth and easy of management at sometime you may want to consider a dedicated server. It would be good to find out how many hosts are actually running on the current virtual plan you are on. I hope this helps.
Getting your own dedicated server gives you peace of mind in the sense that you have knowledge of your resources and know how many sites you can apply to them.
With the virtual server you may be fine now especially if you are the main resource user, but as the other folks sharing grow or more folks are added the resources (cpu, mem) may become scarse and your sites may start slowing down.
Yeah, especially I am panning to added more sites, one thing is that so far their support is good and I am afread get trouble for moving.
But they said if I am going over 500G, it will problebly need to go for a dedicated. But their dedicated plans are so expensive force me to consider a move.