20 Nov 2018

6 Common Uses of VPS

What Is VPS?

VPS is like a computer. It uses physical resources such as CPU, RAM, disk space to create a virtual computer space. In this computer space, you can install an Operating System (OS) that allows you to perform different actions using a friendly interface. You can also run different software and application using VPS.

Uses of VPS

What are the uses of a VPS? Think of it as a remote computer. Anything that you can do on a computer, you can do with a VPS. This means you won’t be limited to just web hosting, though most virtual servers are used to host active websites.

  1. Running A High Traffic Website
    This is the most common and popular use. Since virtual private servers provide more resources for your website like CPU, RAM, etc. than shared hosting, you’ll find that your website feels more responsive. Plus, with full control over the virtual server, you can install and remove software as you like rather than being stuck with what the host offers. 
  2. Hosting A Server
    Or if you’re looking more towards professional uses, you could use a VPS for hosting files and other media. Basically, anything that runs as a server can be run on a VPS.
  3. Hosting A Gaming Server
    Have you ever thought of running your own game server for your favourite multiplayer games? Well you can do that too.
  4. Testing New Environments
    Since dedicated hosting is expensive, virtual servers can be used as testing grounds for server setups that aren’t ready to go live.
  5. Seeding Torrents
    Also known as a seedbox, you can use a virtual server only for torrenting. If you torrent frequently, migrating the effort to a remote VPS not only frees up a lot of home bandwidth, but it also allows you to torrent 24/7.
  6. Private Backups
    It’s cheaper to use cloud-based storage, but if you’re already using a VPS for some other reason and you have leftover space, you might as well think of it as free file storage for documents and important files.

What Benefits Do I Get When Upgrade To VPS?

  1. More Server Resources For Yourself 
    No more sharing when you upgrade from shared hosting to VPS. Expect an increase in server reliability and scalability. VPS also has a better ability to handle sudden heavy workload.
  2. Tighter Server Security 
    When cyber criminals attack a user in shared hosting environment, every other users in the same environment will suffer the same consequences. Shared hosting is especially sensitive to DDoS attacks. DDoS uses a trial and error method to gain a user’s username and password.
  3. Full Root Access
    If you need to configure your server, VPS is the perfect starting place. Given a complete root access, VPS provides a flexible testing environment for you to run different experiments.

How Do I Pick The Right VPS?

Now that you’re clearer about what you might want to use a VPS for, the next question you should be asking is this: 

“How do I pick the most suitable VPS specifications?”

Everyone has a slightly different need. To pick the most suitable VPS plan, first, you must define your requirements by listing down the following:

  1. Location of Your Target Customers
  2. Estimated Daily Traffic to Your Website
  3. How much data storage do you need?
  4. What Software(s)/Application(s) Are You Using?

Point 1: Location of Your Target Customers

Your must know where your customers are coming from. Are you selling to customers within a local region? Or are you selling to customers worldwide? These two make a very big difference. Why? Latency. High latency is the experience of slow website loading speed, when you or your target customers are too far away from the server data center. So, obviously, we want to aim for low latency – as low as possible.The general rules-of-thumb to achieve low latency are:

  1. When targeting customers from within a local region, pick a hosting provider that serves within the same local region.
  2. When targeting customers globally, use Content Delivery Network to optimize loading speed across global users.

We usually refer to latency as Ping. The higher your Ping, the more lag you experience, thus the slower your website loads. A website that loads slow puts your online business at a great disadvantage. Why does website loading speed matter? According to a Google research in 2018, 53% of mobile users leave a site that takes longer than 3 seconds to load. What does that mean? You are losing 53% customers because your website loading is taking more than 3 seconds!  Remember, 3 seconds website loading speed is the new benchmark. 

Are you losing customers due to slow website loading? Don’t guess. Check now using this ping test tool!

Point 2: Estimated Daily Traffic to Your Website

It’s easy to know and estimate the number of daily traffic to your website. Set up Google Analytics > Audience > Overview > Custom Date (Date of when websites is established up to today) google-analytics-check-website-traffic-vps-uses-vpsmalaysia.com.my

The sum of users and new users will tell me the total number of users since Jan 1, 2012 to March 31, 2019. I will need to do some simple math to get the number of average users per day. But, you get the gist.

Generally, users are encouraged to upgrade from shared hosting to VPS hosting when they experience these red lights:

  • Website gets more than 10k daily traffic regularly.
  • Website is experiencing a longer loading time.

How do we get the number of 10k traffic per day? First, you must understand that a server’s ability to handle massive amount of traffic depends on several factors concerning sever resource specifications. CPU, RAM, Disk used, RAID, etc – they all contribute to make a capable server. You can read and understand more about server resources here. These estimations come from our own data – during server load and stress test, and benchmark of current customers’ usage. When performing a server stress test, we load every single server resources to a maximum of 100% capacity to observe how the server can handle load, and how well it scales during heavy usage. Every single one of our deployed servers has passed the stress test. And we are confident that our servers will meet your high demands and expectations.

Point 3: How Much Storage Do You Need?

It depends. Websites that serve videos to users definitely need a bigger amount of storage. Websites that keep a big database will also require a bigger storage. The amount of storage is generally not a big worry, because you can upgrade your storage as you go. However, the type of storage, does matter a lot. There are two types of storage in the current market – HDD and SSD. Generally, SDD performs better than HDD on every aspect. SDD has a faster read & write speed, a lower failure rate, and a faster boot up time. If you want to read an in-depth comparison between SSD and HDD, we have a blog post about that topic here. Given these advantages and technology that it uses, you’d guess that SSD will be more expensive than HDD, and you’re correct. It all depends on you. Do you prefer quality over quantity? Or vice versa. I’m not very patient. Given the choice, I’d pick a SSD VPS Hosting for its fast read & write speed.

Point 4: What Software(s)/Application(s) Are You Using?

The types of software and/or application you run on VPS will decide which OS you should be choosing – Windows or Linux. For example, if you are more familiar with Plesk control panel, it is available on Windows only. cPanel runs on both Windows & Linux. Of course, control panel is only one contributing factor. List down all the software and/or application you want to run, that includes database management software, enterprise resource planning software, etc. After that, you should be able to decide which OS is the perfect one for you. If the result comes down to a tie, you might do a more in-depth comparison between the two. Which one is better in terms of performance, security, server access, support, ease of use and scalability? Read this blog post to find your answer.

How Do I Pick The Right Hosting Provider?

Picking the right hosting provider is important. It saves you a lot of troubles and cost over the long run. Most providers offer similar VPS packages. Then, among a sea of regional providers, which one is the best? A quick search through web hosting forums gave us a solid answer:

Top 3 Must-Have Qualities of A Good Host

  1. 24/7/365 On-Demand, Real-Time Support
    On-demand support is increasingly more important. No one can predict when is downtime going to happen. No one knows when users will face difficulty with hosting. A good hosting company can provide quick and easy solutions to their clients.
  2. Data Center Location
    Pick a good host that is within the locality of you and your target customer. If you serve customers worldwide, ask your host if they provide the service of CDN.
  3. Security
    Almost all hosting companies now proclaim 99.99% uptime. That’s great news. How about data and server security? What measurements do they take to prevent/solve DDoS attacks? How about SSL? Firewall? These are important questions concerning the security of your server and website, as well as your customers’ data.

The market only becomes more competitive. Deploying a good server no longer comes at a high cost. If you can get a good VPS at an affordable price, what do you think are the most important qualities of a good hosting provider?

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30 Oct 2018

Know Your VPS Storage: HDD vs SSD

Know your VPS Storage: HDD vs SSD

When it comes to choosing the right storage type for your VPS server, why is the consideration between an HDD VPS storage or a SSD VPS storage a crucial one? Both are storage units but are they very different? In this article we will make the comparisons to show you the differences for you to make the best choice when it comes to choosing your VPS storage.

 

Hard Disk Drive (HDD) VPS Server

What are Hard Disk Drives(HDDs)? HDDs uses magnetism to store data on a rotating platter. The faster the platter spins, the faster an HDD can  read/write data. A head floats above the spinning platter reading and writing data. There are multiple moving parts and the performance of HDDs rely on these parts. The chances of failure caused by physical damage and shock increase the risk of losing information. Because HDDs rely on a mechanical system, they have limitations when it comes to speed as well.

Servers with HDD VPS storage are also termed as Non-SSD VPS servers in the industry. The advantage of HDD VPS servers over SSD VPS servers is that they are cheaper and can be an option to store vast amounts of data at a lesser cost. When it comes to cost for space, HDD VPS takes the cake.

 

Solid State Drive (SSD) VPS Server

What are Solid State Drivers(SSDs)? SSDs are basically upsized and advanced versions of the humble USB memory stick. Just like a memory stick, there are no moving parts to an SSD. A typical SSD uses what is called NAND-based flash memory and it is a non-volatile type of memory. What that means is that you can turn off the disk and it won’t “forget” what was stored on it. Without mechanical parts, the chance of failure is close to zero. Physical damage and shock would not affect the SSD thus reducing the risk of information loss.

When it comes to Servers with SSD VPS storage, SSDs will guarantee faster read and write speeds as well as lower CPU power consumption. The only concern with SSDs is that they cost more for space. But SSDs are on the whole much faster, stable, and extremely energy-efficient. Unlike traditional systems with moving parts, the risk of physical damage and shock are also reduced to near zero.

 

HDD or SSD: It’s Your Pick!

Between HDD VPS storage and SSD VPS storage, the best choice is the one that works best for you. If you are looking for more storage space for a less cost, then HDD VPS storage would be a better choice for you. But if you are looking for performance, reliability, speed and stability then SSD VPS storage would be a better choice. The only drawback is the cost for space that you will need to invest in. Overall the advantages of each type of VPS servers are clear and the choice of VPS servers that you make should suit what you are looking for.

For an in depth guide, check out our post at how to choose the most reliable VPS provider.

At VPS Malaysia, we aim to provide the best hosting experience to you. Our servers are built with SSDs the likes of Kingston, Samsung, and Crucial. Reliable and high performing, these SSDs allow faster performance and let all our VPS run smoothly.

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29 Sep 2018

How many MT4 Terminals can I run on my VPS?

A few things below will effect how many MT4 terminals your VPS allow you to run:

  • The amount of symbols you received from the data.
  • The amount of charts you run on each MT4
  • The amount of indicators on each chart
  • The amount of EAs on each MT4
  • The amount of open trades your EAs concurrently manage on average
  • The CPU intensivity for your EA’s or indicators

Depend on each clients overall configuration, a conservative guideline is 2-4 MT4 terminals (with a handful of charts) per CPU core.

Make sure to not overload your VPS CPU usage and leave CPU open for a very active market sessions which have higher CPU demands.

You should allow your MT4 terminals to run more by optimizing the performance. Always search for support if you need help in optimizing your VPS MT4 terminals.

Forex VPS PlanRecommended number of MT4 terminalsDirect links
Lite VPS1-2 MT4 terminalsOrder Lite VPS
Basic VPS3-4 MT4 terminalsOrder Basic VPS
Advanced VPS4-5 MT4 terminalsOrder Custom VPS
Custom VPS (2+ vCPU / 3+ GB RAM)5-8 MT4 terminalsOrder Custom VPS
Dedicated Serverup to 32 MT4 terminalsOrder Dedicated Server

Run each MT4 on a VPS as “lean” as possible and run only exactly what is needed only.

Is is recommended to hide symbols that you know for sure you will no trade to save memory and cpu usage.

You can monitor the VPS CPU usage by opening Window Task Manager (CTRL + SHIFT + ESC). It is also recommended to maintain your CPU usage below 80% to allow resource for usage spikes.

It is very crucial to monitor VPS Memory (RAM) when you have a VPS by opening  Window Task Manager (CTRL + SHIFT + ESC). Under the Performance tab, make sure the “Available” and “Free” fields is not running lower than 150Mb. Do request an update with our support to inquire more memory for your VPS.

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21 Sep 2018

What Is Web Hosting? 4 Types Of Web Hosting You Must Know

What Is Web Hosting?

There are 4 types of web hosting in today’s market. A web hosting, or web hosting service provider, offers the technologies and services required to host a website. These websites are hosted on a mother computer, called servers. In today’s market, small, medium to large businesses benefit from the services of web hosting in terms of expanding their network of clients. The Internet is a useful virtual environment that allows businesses to reach both local and international customers. On top of that, it is generally easier to close a sale on your own business website compared to your business Facebook Page, due to the less amount of distractions available on a website. With the cPanel feature you get from web hosting, your business can prompt more sales (e.g. when launching a new product) to existing clients using newsletter marketing.

1.0 Shared Hosting
2.0 Dedicated Hosting
3.0 VPS Hosting
4.0 Cloud Hosting
5.0 How To Pick A Server That Best Suit Your Needs?

4 Types of Server Hosting

There are several types of server hosting, typically in the forms of shared hosting, dedicated server, virtual private server and cloud server. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages from the aspects of specifications and pricing. And, to choose the one that best fit your business or personal needs, you must first understand the pros and cons of each types of server hosting. Let’s get down to knowledge!

 

1.0 Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is a type of web hosting service, where multiple users or websites are located on ONE web server, while sharing the same server resources. Imagine living in an apartment. There are multiple, separate residential units located in ONE building. However, all these residences would share common apartment facilities, such as the swimming pool, gym, badminton court, etc. Users of a shared hosting have their websites hosted on the same server, and they also share the same server specifications and resources, including CPU, RAM, memory, disk space.

The advantages of shared hosting is it’s ease of use. Shared hosting are usually managed by the server company, and so users do not need to worry about security, upgrades and maintenance.

The disadvantages of shared hosting however, is a lack of server control and performance. Users generally have no root access to the server. If the server is down, all the websites hosted on the same server would share the same downtime, that generally translates to the loss of profits. As we always say, don’t put all the eggs in the same basket. Shared hosting is also difficult to scale, since the resources are shared. Say for example, if you wish to have a new gym equipment in the common gym room, you’d have to go through several rounds of discussion with everyone else in the apartment building, which takes too much time and effort. Data security is also not guaranteed. When one website is infested with viruses or invaded by hackers, the rest of the websites would be affected too.

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Pros and Cons of Shared Hosting


2.0 Dedicated Hosting

A dedicated hosting, or dedicated server, is a type of web hosting service that rents out an entire server to a client. You will not be sharing the server with anyone else. It is like living in your own house. You don’t have to share the property with anyone. And you have full rights and access to the server resources. You are free to configure the hosting environment to the exact specifications that suit your needs and wishes.

The upside of dedicated hosting is rather obvious. You have access to superior performance. Of course the performance aspect would still depend largely on the specifications of the server. However, because you’re not sharing the server resources with anyone, websites hosted on your dedicated server would run faster and smoother. Naturally, your data is more secure since no one else have access to your dedicated server. On top of that, a reliable web hosting provider offers a quick and easy problem-solving through a professional 24/7 customer support team.

The downside of having a dedicated server is that it requires you to have a certain degree of technical knowledge in terms of maintaining a server. So, a dedicated server is not at all recommended to a beginner. A dedicated server is also one of the most costly option among all server hosting.

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Pros and Cons of Dedicated Hosting


3.0 VPS (Virtual Private Server) Hosting

A Virtual Private Server or VPS is a virtual environment that runs on its own Operating System (OS), typically on Linux or Windows. Unlike a dedicated server that operates fully on one mother computer, the mother computer of a VPS is divided into multiple compartments. Think of living in a low-density condominium. Although these compartments share the same server, the server specifications and resources are allocated individually and separately for each compartment. Hence this makes VPS a more affordable solution compared to a dedicated server.

The pros of a VPS hosting is that users still have access to great server performance, despite a more affordable price. It also offers more data security compared to shared hosting. Plus, users get individual access to root server and the freedom to customize your own VPS.

However, this freedom of a self-managed VPS comes with a con. That is, you would need a certain degree of technical knowledge in order to configure the server. It could be rather difficult for a beginner who just started learning. But, some server hosting companies offer managed VPS, so you wouldn’t have to worry about managing or maintaining the server.

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Pros and Cons of VPS Hosting


4.0 Cloud Hosting

A cloud server is a type of web hosting service that is built, hosted and delivered through a cloud computing technology. Cloud servers have similar capabilities and functionality compared to a typical server, but cloud servers are accessed remotely from a cloud service provider. Think of renting a room from AirBnB. You rent the property for individual use. And you may be sharing property resources with the rest of the tenants. But unlike shared hosting, cloud hosting is built on more servers, hence you have the access to more server resources.

The benefits of cloud hosting is its great reliability. Not to say that cloud computing never breaks down, but malfunctions rarely happen. Cloud hosting is also extremely scalable and flexible. You can upgrade your server specifications to expand your use at anytime and anywhere you wish, since it can be accessed remotely. Cloud computing is not expensive at all. With the rapid technology development and a competitive market, cloud servers are not only getting more reliable, it is also becoming more affordable for commercial uses.

The only drawback of cloud hosting is that you would need advanced knowledge in server hosting in order to setup. However, at VPS Malaysia, we strive to provide you a convenient cloud hosting solution. It would only take you less than 5 minutes to set up your server without any prior technical knowledge. Just follow the step-by-step instructions on how to access your VPS provided by our welcome email upon completing your purchase.

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Pros and Cons of Cloud Hosting

5.0 How To Pick A Server That Best Suit Your Needs?

Whether you’re running an e-commerce business, or you’re a service provider, a website is a necessity in today’s market. A website engages your business audience in immersive story telling, shows off your portfolio, showcases your services/products offered, and generates profits from closing sales. So, having a website is definitely a must. But how do you pick the type of web hosting that best suit your needs?

  • Shared hosting is best suited for blogs and personal sites, that showcase your artistic designs or fashion styles.
  • VPS hosting is best suited for small to medium enterprises, whose website expects a certain amount of visitor’s traffic. VPS is also suitable for Forex traders who trade using Electronic Advisors (EAs).
  • Dedicated hosting is best suited for large businesses that expect high level of data security, as well as a huge amount of visitor’s traffic to the website.
  • Cloud hosting is great for any businesses. With the advanced technology and a competitive market, you generally don’t have to worry about having no technical knowledge about server hosting. A reliable web hosting service provider offers you the solution of having a convenient cloud hosting experience.

 

At VPS Malaysia, we never oversell our cloud VPS. We don’t boast our reputation.

If you’re not convinced, here, sign up for a 30-days trial.

If you’re unsatisfied with our services, you can get ALL your money back in 30 days.

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05 Oct 2017

What Servers We (VPS Malaysia) Use?

Are you looking for More Power, Higher flexibility, and more stability? Well, VPS (Virtual Private Servers) is the way to go. It will allow you to install the software and configure almost every detail to your preference. It provides the same functionality and privacy as that of a dedicated server. A Virtual Private Server will provide you with super-user privileges (root or Administrator) in the operating system.

Don’t stop there!!

Quality, reliability, and efficiency?

We at VPS Malaysia happen to be what you need. Our systems and services are of high-quality, reliable and efficient in performance. We use the best hardware but ensuring you are not paying way too much. We also ensure your data are safe and performance is nothing but of top quality. If you want, we are more than happy to show our servers real pictures as well to verify our word.

 

CPU

Our servers contain an Intel Xeon processor E5-2680 which offers up to 8 CPU cores. This forms a basis for our guaranteed performance throughout the server’s life. Compared to Xeon E5-2640, E5-2680 offers up to 20% much better performance. E5-2680 also has higher Turbo clock speed of 2.7 GHz which is 8% higher compared to Xeon’s E5-2640, 2.5GHz. Significantly better pass mark score of 18,290 which is 24% higher when compared to E5-2640’s 14,772. Then we have the cores, E5-2680 has 8 cores compared to E5-2640 with 6 cores. A total of 2 more cores. This means that our CPUs will be able to handle more applications at once. Each of our servers comes with 2 units of E5-2680, hence it’s 16 cores and 32 threads.

 

SSD Disk

We also give you storage speed, how? SSDs (Solid State Drivers) instead of HDDs (Hard Disk Drivers). SSDs work at a greater efficiency level as compared to HDDs. They do not require power to ‘sign-up’ thus more flexible. They do not fragment data. Without data, fragmentation data retrieval is faster. Essentially with our SSD storage, you will be able to open, copy and write files almost twice the speed.

 

RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks)

You will not have to worry about data loss or server downtime because we’ve got you. Our RAID and BBU have you covered. Our RAID 10 data storage schemes are the fastest, the best options for reliability capacity and performance. RAID 10 combines the features of RAID 1 + RAID 0 ensuring optimization for fault tolerance. RAID 10 offers faster data reads and writes than RAID 50 because it does not need to manage parity. RAID 10 is the fastest RAID. Compared to RAID 50 which is cheaper but slower. RAID 10 is the most expensive RAID configuration and is fastest.

Our RAID controllers do not lose the cache content in case of power failure since they copy the content of the cache onto the flash. It also provides access to the write-back cache, this one of the many benefits of our hardware’s RAID controller card. Due to this the application performance is improved by allowing usage for long periods of time while performing multiple tasks.

 

BBU

BBU is our Battery Backup Unit. With RAID cards, expect performance and consistency by more efficient operational scheduling. RAID cards have a write cache that can temporarily buffer data destined to be written to the disks. The BBU helps by keeping the write cache powered by a battery, even if there is a power outage. No data in the cache is lost during a power interruption. This means your data is well-protected even when we may experience issues within our systems. Our BBU is important for our RAID since it acts as a data fail-safe and thus can manage to keep the data intact.

 

RAM

The benefits from our RAM are: high capacity, high performance, low latency. We use at least 128 GB RAM on our VPS server host nodes. We ensure that we offer our customers the best of the best regarding quality and performance. This also means low voltage therefore low power consumption. We invest more initial cost for low power RAM, and this leads to lower power consumption, better prices and savings to our customers.

 

Dual PSU

With our Dual Power Supply Units, chances of complete server shutdown failure are completely minimized. Each of the power supply units has the ability to power the whole computer and only one run at a time. This ensures that your normal computer use is not interrupted. Redundant power supply is important in that in case one unit shutdowns, the other can support our systems. This decreases the risk of a complete shutdown or power failure which can be costly. Furthermore, there is need to keep our computers powered and our servers are running. We offer the Dual PSU to our clients because it is unavailable in home-based computers and has a higher performance than most redundant power supply units.

At VPS Malaysia we try our best to provide the best ad fastest server possible. From client satisfaction we guess we are succeeding in it as well. If you are interested then you are welcome to give us a try. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

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