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Offline bronsonblue

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VPS vs Scalable Public Cloud,
« on: March 01, 2013, 12:49:47 PM »
As the saying goes," I don't have a dog in this fight", other than the need to understand the differences between a VPS and a Public Scalable Cloud. Presently I use a VPS and am trying to learn the pro's and cons of both products to determine if I should move to a cloud as my web host has suggested. What I do know is

  • Both VPS & Cloud Servers use virtualized environments. 
  • Both VPS & Cloud Servers use resources from a single hypervisor.

So what does that mean they are basically the same thing? If running out of resources is not a problem with my VPS then why should I switch?


Offline MrPhil

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Re: VPS vs Scalable Public Cloud,
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2013, 06:12:34 PM »
I guess you could say that they can be effectively more or less the same from your viewpoint. It depends on how much hands-on management you have to do (does the host take care of that in both cases?) or are allowed to do. A VPS has specific hardware that you could point to and say, "I share that box" (if they let you in to the computing center). The cloud... well, the machine you're running on at any given time could be this one, or that one, or one 3000 miles away. One thing about cloud-based computing is that if your load varies in a fairly predictable way, you can arrange to pay for more (or less) computing power at any given time, depending on what you need, as opposed to a VPS or dedicated, where you have a fixed amount of power you're paying a fixed amount for, whether you're using it or not.

Is your web host not Lunarpages? Are you considering moving to Lunarpages?
« Last Edit: March 01, 2013, 06:17:21 PM by MrPhil »
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Offline bronsonblue

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Re: VPS vs Scalable Public Cloud,
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2013, 10:19:56 PM »
Yes I currently have Lunarpages VPS Pro Plan and do manage it myself with  a little bit of tech help when needed. So if I did switch to the cloud and never go over the level of resources and lets say only use 50% of what I paid for Lunarpages wont cut my bill by 50% will they? or let me set the levels for the am at 50% and pm at 150% to break even for the day? ....  I think not...

My other concern is if the cloud offers the same options as my VPS does using lunarpanel and  putty?  Adding sites, all the scripts, databases etc .......

If you look at the page on the http://www.lpwebhosting.com/hosting/web/compare    am i to assume that the cloud comes with everything or just what is checked?  Probably a sales question but they need to make this clear.

I guess if there is no performance benefits then why mess with it now. Sooner or later I wont have a choice, I am not sure how long Lunarpages will let us keep our VPS servers.

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Re: VPS vs Scalable Public Cloud,
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2013, 04:50:06 AM »
I'm not familiar with LP's Cloud offering, so you'd be better off shooting a note to sales@lunarpages.com. Most cloud hosting (outside of LP) I've heard of have you pay in advance for the level of resources you think you're going to need for a given time period. If you use less, no refund, and no billing after the fact for resources actually used. I would guess that LP operates the same way, but only they (Sales) could tell you the details. From a business model standpoint, for LP to (in effect) bill only for resources used, while tying up some fixed level of capacity, would make no sense. Either they pay for expensive equipment and get no return on it, or they overbook and risk having too much demand at times. I suppose they could set rates high enough to carry the idle capacity, but that wouldn't be attractive to customers.
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