A virtual private server (VPS) can be the ideal solution for individuals or businesses who find their website has outgrown the resources supplied by shared web hosting, yet they aren’t ready to make the commitment to dedicated hosting. VPS can be a great solution, and it comes with something that neither of these two other types of hosting come with – burstable RAM! So, just what is that?
When you sign up for a VPS, you will be given a certain amount of RAM, or memory, from your web host. This RAM indicates how much memory you have on your web host’s server, and how much you are allowed to use. This is important for many reasons, as it will determine how fast your webpage is to load as well as how much you can store and use on the server’s hard drive. Typically, once you use your allotted amount of RAM given to you by your web server, that’s all you get. But what if you need more? And what happens if you unexpectedly need that RAM?
This unfortunately, can sometimes happen with websites. While it’s every website owner’s dream to have a huge and unexpected amount of traffic to their site, it’s also their worst nightmare. If too many people come to the site, it could potentially shut the site down simply because there are too many users – especially if you don’t have enough RAM. This is where burstable RAM comes into play.
Burstable RAM is RAM that is reserved just for those times. When you sign up for a VPS hosting package that includes RAM, or you ask your web host for it, they will set aside a specific amount of RAM for your website. This RAM won’t always be used, and it may not often be used, but it is there in case you need it. This is something that isn’t available on either shared or dedicated web servers, and is just another huge benefit that comes with VPS. It’s also a large reason why you may want to choose VPS web hosting over any other kind.
With shared hosting, the option of additional RAM just won’t be available. Because you’re using the same server as many other customers, the RAM you’re given when signing up for the package will be all that you get. Extra RAM may not be available, never mind burstable RAM. With a dedicated server on the other hand, you’ll have all the RAM that you could ever need, without ever having to purchase or use more. But the problem here is that you may not always need all that extra RAM, even though you’ll be paying for it for as long as you have your web hosting package.