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cloud vs vps hosting

5 key Differences between Cloud Hosting & VPS Hosting

The environment of a VPS is exactly same as the Cloud.  You get a VPS and configure it as per your requirement.  Similarly, a Cloud hosting is a virtual dedicated server which can be configured the way client wants. But the major difference is in the scalability option & the platform of the cloud. Let’s understand how cloud is different than a Virtual Private server or VPS .

cloud vs vps hosting

First thing to understand, A Cloud server can be called as a VPS server but a VPS is not a cloud server. 

Confused? Below are some solid points where Cloud and VPS hosting have a major difference. Let's investigate it further.

1. Infrastructure

In a VPS hosting, one dedicated server (suppose a dedicated server with 64 GB RAM and resources) is partitioned into multiple servers. All these partitions are virtualized further and each of them work as a dedicated server, hence called Virtual dedicated server or VDS or VPS.

But in a Cloud hosting, we rent a small portion of a Big network of machines connected together. (Talking about public cloud) A giant setup of machines that offer resources are connected together and then they are further rented to clients.  You can always scale up your resources as per your requirements and it will be done in a few minutes of clicks.

2. Availability

In a VPS server, if a machine or part of the machine fails, your VPS will go down causing downtime till the problem is fixed but in case of Cloud server, as soon as any of the machine part get broken, the system is routed to another available physical resource causing minimum downtime.

3. Payment Model

Depending upon the virtualization method used, A VPS can offer you only one operating System. But in a cloud, you get the freedom to choose any operating system you want. You can install or replace any operating system from a range of OS available.

In a Cloud, things are pretty fast. Every server slot is available and is always ready to be served in seconds. But in a VPS, it takes time to virtualized a dedicated server and then allot VPS slices to the client. That is the reason Cloud uses optimum resources as anyone can occupy any slice by making its payment. But in a VPS, you are not sure when all slots will be sold. Your resources might not be utilized well if you are hosting only one client on a parent server.

4. Resource distribution

In a Cloud environment, you are totally separated from others. You will be getting dedicated resources of what you have been told. But In a VPS, you get a virtual environment with portioned disk space & certain bandwidth, however the CPU & the memory of the parent machine is equally distributed among all VPS slices. VPS companies offer you a minimum allocation of resources that is guaranteed 24/

For example, just because a VPS package claims to offer 1 GHz of CPU performance and 512 MB of memory, does not necessarily mean that either the memory or CPU allocation is not split into multiple slices.

Also, In a cloud, a client is completely isolated from the files of other client, it is more secure than VPS hosting.

5. Choice of Operating system

In a VPS hosting, you can only get a certain number of Operating system to chose from, depending upon the Virtualization method used on the parent server. However,, a Cloud hosting is an example of IaaS where you have the freedom to chose any Operative system template.

Cloud Hosting vs VPS Hosting

The following tabular comparison between Cloud hosting and VPS hosting will present a more clear picture of these two hosting models



 Cloud Hosting

 VPS Hosting




Payment Model

Pay as you use

Monthly or Yearly

Resource Upgrade


Takes time (Limited)

Choice of Infrastructure


Not possible


Completely isolated

Shared among all slices

Overall Cost

Cheaper on Public Cloud but costly on Private cloud

Relatively cheaper than private cloud

Choice of Operating System

Can chose any OS

Only one OS depending upon the parent server VM


Amazon AWS, Digital Ocean

Bigrock VPS, Hostgator VPS


Which is better?

There are multiple parameters to consider while chosing the best. If you are chosing a Private Cloud then VPS will be cheaper for you. But in this case, you will get limited features of VPS and security risk as private cloud is way more secure.

Also If you chose to host your files on Public Cloud (DigitalOcean,Linode etc), it is relatively cheaper but less secure than Private cloud.. But as compared to the VPS, Pubic Cloud hosting has the edge and that is why it is getting popular everyday.

In a Cloud hosting, you get relatively cheaper price, secure environment and freedom of resource scaling. What else do you need.


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