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    Dedicated Server vs Super VPS

    I have been looking around at getting a dedicated server lately and stumbled into this "Super VPS" thing that looks pretty interesting:

    http://www.servint.net/supervps.php

    Are there other companies out there selling large VPS accounts like this? What would be the advantages / disadvantages to a Super VPS account over a dedicated server with the same specs?
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    These "super" VPS are just regular VPS accounts with a lot more ram and bandwidth added.

    With that price, you're better off going with a dedicated server on its own or one with even better specs in terms of CPU, ram and HDD.

    What are your requirements and budget you'd like to stay around?
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    I'd say they are extra large VPS nodes split up with less clients on the server, so you would get better performance.

    For that price, i'd rather get a dedicated server.

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    Yes, I understand what they are. I am asking what the advantages and disadvantages are of each. Why would you rather get a dedicated server? Just because?
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    We just moved 10 colo'd servers over to ServInt VPS's last month and so far are extremely pleased with the results.

    ServInt VPS's perform very, very well. The support is outstanding & you get full management, including daily backups. One big plus is that on a ServInt SuperVPS, you don't have to worry about hardware failures - if a HD or PSU fails on your dedicated server, you're down until it's fixed. At ServInt, you may never know anything was wrong. And in the event you are aware, you don't have to wait for it to be fixed, as the underlying hardware is not your responsibility, ServInt will take care of it ASAP.

    It's easy to say you should go dedicated for the price... but for the starting price of $199, you get a fully managed server instance burstable to 4 cores + 8GB of RAM. You'd definitely get more HD space on a dedicated box, but I think you'd be hard pressed to find a similar level of performance + management + support in a dedicated at that price point. IMHO it's definitely worth considering.

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    I agree with the above poster that a powerful VPS may very well be the way to go, but keep in mind that ServInt uses Virtuozzo, meaning that you won't be able to do things like build a custom kernel, and also that your environment is less secure (basically it's just a directory on the host file system) and compartmentalized than it would be in a dedicated environment, or on a Xen VPS.

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    If you're looking to get a high performance VPS, always go for Xen. Xen is so far one of the few technologies that can truly guarantee memory. Whether you get a VPS or dedicated server, the provider is always responsible for hardware failures. But be sure to check the hardware SLA.

    Advantages of a beefy VPS

    + you will be running on server-grade hardware (dual xeon processors w/ n+1 redundant power supplies, ECC RAM,SAS)

    + performance can be better than a lower end dedi

    + software licensing is generally cheaper on VMs

    Disadvantages

    - Overhead of one extra network hop (non-fabric switching)

    - No resources guarantee (besides memory on Xen)

    - other VMs on the same node have the potential of impacting your VM (for better or worse).

    - No real time processing due to virtualization overhead / context switching fairness (if miliseconds matter and often they do)

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