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VPS Hosting FAQs

1. What is a VPS or VDS?

A Virtual Private Server (VPS), also known as a Virtual Dedicated Server (VDS), is a virtual machine sold as a service by an Internet hosting provider. A VPS runs its own copy of an operating system, and customers have superuser-level access to this operating system instance, allowing them to install any software compatible with the OS.

2. Why is it Called 'Virtual'?

It is termed 'virtual' because the physical server is partitioned into several virtual servers shared among different customers.

3. Why is it Considered 'Dedicated'?

It is considered 'dedicated' because each server is completely isolated from others at the operating system level.

4. What is the Difference Between VDS, VPS, VM, and Cloud Server?

Essentially, these terms all refer to a virtual server. VDS stands for Virtual Dedicated Server, VPS for Virtual Private Server, and VM for Virtual Machine. We prefer using the VPS abbreviation to highlight that the server is fully dedicated and isolated from other servers.

5. How is a Physical Server Shared Among Virtual Servers?

This requires a combination of appropriate hardware and software. The hardware needs special CPUs supporting virtualization. The software requires a hypervisor application, which is installed on the bare hardware. This special operating system allows for the installation, hosting, and management of virtual servers. We use VMware vSphere 6, one of the best-performing hypervisors in the market.

6. How Does VPS Compare to Other Hosting Products?

There are various hosting options available, such as service hosting (web, database, etc.), VDS/VPS, cloud, dedicated server hosting, and colocation. VPS stands out as the most affordable solution offering high flexibility, combining the price range of service hosting with capabilities typically available only in dedicated hosting or colocation.

7. What are the Benefits of Using VPS Compared to Hardware Dedicated Servers?

  • Faster Resource Upgrades: Upgrading your VPS is a quick settings change, whereas upgrading a dedicated server is time-consuming and requires on-site personnel.
  • Better Equipment and Higher Availability: Our VPSs are hosted on high-quality, branded equipment, offering better performance and reliability than inexpensive dedicated servers, which often use low-quality parts.
  • Remote Access and Capabilities: VPS offers advanced remote manageability, similar to HP iLO, IBM Remote Assistant, or Dell DRAC, but included for free in our VDS packages. This includes access to the BIOS of the virtual server, remote access to a crashed server or one with lost network connectivity, and the ability to remotely attach and install media.

8. What Can I Do With My VPS?

The only limits are the physical parameters of the server (disk space, memory, processor power, and network bandwidth). You can host websites, services, and databases; use it for trading, intensive calculations, gaming servers, proxy solutions, VOIP gateways, etc. However, activities like spamming, phishing, or any crime under US law are prohibited. Please refer to our terms of service for more details.

9. What Types of Operating Systems are Supported?

We support a wide range of modern operating systems, including various versions of Windows (from 2008 R2 to 2019) and Linux (CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu Server, Fedora, Mint). You may also reinstall the system with the OS of your choice.

10. Is it Possible to Install the OS of my choice?

Yes, using VMware ESXi, you can remotely attach OS installation media (CD/DVD/ISO image), making it visible as a local CD/DVD ROM on the VDS. Installation time may vary depending on your connection speed.

11. How Can I Access or Remotely Manage My Server?

Remote management of the VPS can be done via our built-in web console, irrespective of the installed operating system or the state of the VDS. Additional remote server management capabilities are available depending on the operating system: Windows servers can be managed with Remote Desktop Connection (RDC), and Linux/Unix servers have SSH enabled by default.

12. How are Resources Shared: Disk Space, Memory, Processor?

Disk space is dedicated but shared among virtual servers without overprovisioning. Memory is dedicated without overlap, and each server has its allocated physical memory. The processor is shared, with a guarantee of 95% full-speed availability. Overall, our system ensures that the availability of virtual CPUs is always optimal for all virtual servers.

13. Is There Firewall or Other Traffic Filters Between My Server and the Internet?

No, there are no filters. All ports and protocols are open.

14. What Hardware is Used for Hosting the VPS?

We use branded servers equipped with the latest Intel Xeon processors and enterprise-class SSDs and HDDs. The storage is protected by either hardware RAID or, in the case of SSDs, built-in enterprise-level protection.

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