20 Nov 2018

6 Common Uses of a VPS (Virtual Private Server)

What Are The Uses of A VPS?

What is a Virtual Private Server (VPS), and what are the uses of a VPS? First, we have to understand what is a Virtual Machine (VM). A VM is like a computer, it uses physical resources such as CPU, RAM, disk space to create a virtual computer space. Think of it like a room in a room scenario where you can, run a virtual copy of Windows from a physical computer that’s also running Windows. Data centers are full of servers, where each server is running several VMs. These VMs then are rented out to users, and when this happens the VM becomes a VPS. Technically, nothing has changed but only the terminology.

VPS vs VPN

Don’t confuse Virtual Private Servers (VPS) with Virtual Private Networks (VPN). VPNs use secure private connections that take place over a public network to simulate a private network. A VPS can be used to facilitate a VPN, but otherwise the two aren’t directly related in any meaningful way.

VPS and Competitors

The main competitors to VPS hosting are dedicated hosting and shared hosting.

  • Dedicated hosting
    Renting the whole server space. They are more expensive but powerful. For large websites and applications.
  • Shared hosting
    Sharing the server space. Cheaper but less flexible. For small websites and applications.
  • VPS hosting
    Cheaper than dedicated hosting and more powerful than shared hosting.

VPS hosting is often seen as a transitional option for website owners who have outgrown shared hosting but aren’t big enough to need a dedicated server.

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.

One major bonus of using a VPS is the sandbox security. If you mess up a virtual server, it won’t harm the physical server’s operation because everything is running in a virtual sandbox. The VPS can be rebooted or reinstalled without much issue except maybe for lost data (so always keep backups). On a dedicated host, a mistake could cause permanent damage.

  1. Running A 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.

How Can You Pick a Reliable VPS Provider?

As a start, a VPS is definitely more worth it compared to shared hosting or dedicated hosting in terms of the power of its physical resources (RAM, CPU, storage, etc) and its flexibility (having root access to your very own VPS). The uses of a VPS vary, and it really depends on your own intentions of usage. It could be hosting a game server, a website, as a private backup, to test new codes, and many more. Now that you’re clearer about what you might want to use a VPS for, check out our blog post on how you can choose the most reliable VPS provider.


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14 Sep 2018

Here’s A Guide On How To Choose The Most Reliable VPS Provider

As a beginner who’s just learning more about Virtual Private Server (VPS), it can be a tough decision to make when it comes to choosing a reliable VPS provider. After all, we all want to look for a reliable hosting provider for a long-term solution, just as we all want a trustworthy and reliable friend when moving into a new apartment. Here is a simple walk through that will guide you into choosing the most reliable VPS provider you can invest in long-term.

 

1.0 What Is A Virtual Private Server (VPS)?
2.0 What are the uses and benefits of having a VPS?
3.0 7 Factors You Must Consider Before Buying A VPS
3.1 Where is Your VPS Provider Located At?
3.2 Find Easy Solutions with 24/7 Customer Support
4.0 What Is A Good Price?

 

What Is A Virtual Private Server (VPS)?

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. Although these compartments share the same server, the resources are allocated individually and separately for each compartment. Hence this makes VPS a more affordable solution compared to a dedicated server.

 

What Are The Uses And Benefits Of Having A VPS?

Having a VPS has multiple uses. The most popular ones include, hosting a website, hosting a game server, hosting Forex Electronic Advisors, and running multiple MT4 accounts with Forex trading.

Running these functions on a personal computer takes up a lot of computing resources and requires a lot of electricity. Especially if the function requires uninterrupted internet connection 24/7. On top of that, a home internet network does not promise uninterrupted connection, nor smooth, stable connection. By having a reliable VPS hosting solution, you are guaranteed the following:

  1. A great amount of saving on electricity consumption
  2. Uninterrupted Internet connection 24/7
  3. Stable and reliable Internet connection 24/7
  4. 9% uptime
  5. Secured data
  6. Ease of scalability
  7. Quick and easy problem-solving with 24/7 customer support

These are of utmost importance to you, if you are a Forex trader, whose profits and loss depends entirely on how smooth and fast you can trade on the trading platform.

 

7 Factors You Must Consider Before Buying a VPS

Let’s get familiar with some technical terms to widen your VPS vocabulary knowledge bank before settling on a VPS provider.

RAM

Random Access Memory, or in short RAM, is a form of computer data storage that allows data to be read or written in a similar amount of time, regardless of the where the data is located inside the memory. The bigger the RAM, the faster the data is read or written, and hence the less time it takes to complete a task instruction.

VPS providers typically offer 1GB RAM as a start, but it can go up to 8GB, depending on your personal use. It is important to look for a high performing RAM that gives you low latency when running complex calculations. Especially more so for Forex Traders who deploy Electronic Advisors (EAs) on your trading platform.

CPU

Central Processing Unit, for short CPU, is an electronic circuit board inside a computer, that carries out a computer program instruction, by performing basic algorithms. In short, a CPU performs the task of turning programming instructional inputs into operational outputs.

Look for a VPS provider that offers a CPU with great performance. There are many options to research and choose from. However, considering the balance of price and performance, VPS Malaysia uses E5-2680, with 8 cores and 16 threads, that runs on a 2.7 GHz processor. It is significantly better than the 2.5GHz E502640. The most optimum performance for a server uses two physical CPUs for every server. Thus our packages give you 16 cores and 32 threads for a smooth hosting experience.

Storage

There are two primary concerns when it comes to storage: disk space and the type of storage. The term disk space speaks for itself. It refers the the capacity or amount of storage you can have in your VPS. Typically, we find the disk space in a computer’s hard drive, but it can also come in the form of a USB drive or a memory card. Disk space is measured in megabytes (MB), gigabytes (GB) or terabytes (TB).

Next, let’s look at the type of storage. In today’s market, we are offered with two storage options: Solid State Drive (SSD) or Hard Disk Drive (HDD). There are pros and cons to both types of storage. Let’s sum them up for an easier read and understanding.

Solid State Drive (SSD)Hard Disk Drive (HDD)
Less power consumptionConsumes more power
Slightly more costlyLess costly
10-30 seconds bootup time30-40 seconds bootup time
No moving parts, hence no noiseAudience clicks and spinning from moving parts
No vibrations, due to the absence of moving partsMoving parts cause vibration
Little heat producedMore heat produced compared to SSD
200MB/s – 500 MB/s copy or write speed50MB/s – 120MB/s copy or write speed
File opening speed is 30% faster than HDDFile opening speed is slower than SSD

It is pretty obvious that SSD has winning advantages over HDD. Sticking to our values to provide you a high performance and smooth VPS hosting experience, VPS Malaysia uses SSD from trusted brands like that of Kingston, Samsung and Crucial. The most basic package offered gives you a good amount of story capacity up to 25GB, and is expandable up to 100GB if required.

Bandwidth

Bandwidth is the amount of data transmitted over an Internet network in a fixed amount of time, typically measured in mega bytes per second (Mbps) or mega hertz per second (MHz) on a mobile carrier network. It can be seen on the notification panel of your smart phone device right beside your network carrier. When looking for a reliable VPS provider, a bandwidth of 100Mbps is more than enough to perform different uses.

Uptime

Uptime defines how reliable the system is, and is often expressed as the percentage of time a computer is available or has been working. Uptime is important when looking to invest in a VPS. Having a downtime would mean that, a website or an application, such as the MT4 Forex Trading platform is not running and is not available for access. Imagine having a heavy traffic to your e-commerce website. Having a downtime is bad news. You lose potential customers, thus losing profits, since they would not be able to view nor purchase products from an inaccessible website. Make sure to always choose a VPS provider that pledges 99.9% uptime. Never settle for anything less.

Scalability & Upgrade

Scalability and upgrade, these two terms are exchangeable when talking about a VPS. They typically refer to the same thing, which is to simply expand VPS specifications. Normally we look to expand the RAM and/or the disk space. A reliable VPS provider provides you the ease of scaling or upgrade your plan, or even to customize your plan, anytime you wish.

This is one of the more exclusive features that you get when signing up with a hosting provider. As individuals managing a VPS, you’d need more time to research and decide on the server specifications you wish to expand. Such as finding out which brands of storage is more reliable and recommended. However, with a VPS provider, you can save up a lot of time for research and decision-making. You can simply make a request to the dedicated customer support group. And then you can just sit back and relax, while the provider deploys their tech support group to complete your request immediately.

vps malaysia windows vps packages

Here are the monthly Windows VPS packages offered by VPS Malaysia. Upgrade anytime you want.

 

Where is Your VPS Provider Located At?

This, is important. Why does it matter where your server is physically located at? You may ask. Yes, it does. When it comes to Search Engine Optimization (SEO), it is recommended that you keep your servers close by. Not necessarily within the same city. But you should keep it in the same country. Google ranks take the geo-IP location of your server as one of the important factors. On top of that, the physical location of your server affects the number of hoops it takes for data to move around. The fewer hoops it uses, the faster your information is transmitted.

In Malaysia, the location to set up the fastest server is at CX2 Data Center in Cyberjaya. All servers of VPS Malaysia are set up in this data center.

vps malaysia cx2 server location in cyberjaya malaysia

CX2 Data Center in Cyberjaya, Malaysia.

 

Find Easy Solutions with 24/7 Customer Support

No matter how good the specifications of a VPS, technical problems will surface once in a blue moon. A reliable VPS provider understands this technical complication well, and is more than happy to offer the added value of providing 24/7 customer support to assist their clients at solving their problems anytime, anywhere. If you opt out from having a professional customer service team, it will take up too much time and effort to diagnose and solve a technical problems. For the tech geeks, it may not seem like a problem at all. However, most of us would rather not to be burdened by these problems- our hands are already full of tasks to completed daily. Even if it costs slightly more, make the right choice to go with a VPS provider that gives you 24/7 customer support.

 

What is a Good Price?

Living in a capitalistic world, all businesses want the same thing- more profits, less spending. A good VPS price must reflect 3 values: stable, reliable and affordable. We can be easily attracted by cheap offers. But, is cheap equal to good in long term? We see many providers that lure consumers into signing up for a free VPS, or a ridiculously cheap VPS. But, soon, they would find out that, the VPS they signed up is not promising at all! For example, the VPS would not run smoothly, there is a constant downtime, there are hidden fees and charges applied, and worst of all, being denied access to your server. Always remember the 3 values: stable, reliable and affordable.

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The main attractive features of VPS Malaysia.

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