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What is HPMVPS?

HPMVPS stands for High-Performance Managed VPS, it is a fully managed service for businesses on their websites and email hostings.

We have observed many business owners have spent plenty of time choosing their web hosting and yet many have not met the expectation. Nowadays, due to the malicious traffic on the internet, many business owners of how their data is protected.

Thus, HPMVPS is a total solution to it. The business owner will find Vastspace’s HPMVPS is a complete solution and an answer to all these. They need not hunt high and low for their websites and email hosting services.

HPMVPS is a one-stop hosting solution for businesses. As t is fully managed, you do not employ a server admin to take care of your hosted environment. This aspect is being taken care too, we will deploy the necessary personnel and monitoring tools to ensure smooth operation. We bring down to service failure near zero  is our objective for HPMVPS, it is about business continuity.

TTFB vs disk speed

TTFB vs disk speed

While I’m doing some researches. I bumped into a new player for Cloud servers in Singapore. They are quite similar to the Linode and Digital Ocean.

The price structure is alike. However, they have the Windows version and of course, you pay more for the number of CPU core purchased.

They have claimed their disk read and write speed are faster than Digital Ocean and others. So, I’m keen. Since that, I have been using Linode for my disaster recovery service and this could be my alternative. Hence, I have signed up.

The entire process is no stranger to me since I’m quite familiar with Linode and Digital Ocean. The Cloud server was created quickly but I have to top up at least USD 10 to remove my trial. During the trial, you are not able to update rule in the firewall section.

I planned to DR my website at first but I have taken the opportunity to see if I will able to speed up my website since the disk read and write are faster.

I have used the under-construction template as my test page, and I make sure my SSD VPS is identical to my new cloud server. Both have gzip enabled and HTTP/2.

However, the result is a bit disappointing. Vastspace’s SSD VPS still load better. Frankly speaking, you cannot tell the differences with your naked eyes. Until you use tools like GTmetrix or the speed test at Pingdom.

The VPS with the IP starts with 103.237.X.X is sold by Vastspace. This is the original VPS, not the high-performance VPS. I’m happy to see Vastspace’s VPS outperforms in TTFB despite the speed is better in the disk drive as claimed.

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High-Performance VPS

High-Performance VPS

High-Performance VPS is relatively a new web hosting term in the industry, We named it as high-performance is to differentiate them from the standard VPS.

They have more RAM, better CPU priority and higher disk read and write output. Especially good for the applications rely on database read and write a lot.

While it is competitive in the web hosting market, similar to VPS, its price is cheaper. A lot of the hosting providers tend to host more guest machines than before.

As such, it only makes sense to introduce high-performance VPS to guarantee its performance. In most cases, the performance of our High-performance VPS  outperforms the dedicated server with hard drives especially the IO segment.

All of our high-performance VPS have RAID 10 SSD and not 4 but 8 units write intensive SSD minimum. In the high-performance VPS, the number of guest machine is limited by its guaranteed performance. Because of this reason, IOPS is high.

If you are looking at the dollars per Gigabyte, the conventional spinning hard drives are definitely cheaper. For performance, high chance the VPS will take the lead.

Another big advantage of these VPS is the backup snapshot. The backup snapshot works on 10 GbE network internally is really fast. It is taking less than 15 minutes to do a full backup of a 200Gb guest machine.

Yes, a full backup is not an incremental backup. We can call it a stateful backup. Next time when you want a dedicated server, you might want to check out the full-managed high-performance VPS.

 

Cloud server vs VPS

Both the Cloud server and a VPS are fundamentally the same. They are virtualized, but in terms of function, they cloud be different. Operating both the cloud server of the VPS are the same, you do need special skill on a cloud server or a VPS.

The major difference is the storage. When you are labelling your service as cloud means the guest machine will move to another host when the resided host has failed. VPS works directly with the local storage.

If the resources are spread to a few hosts like MySQL, Web Server, Tomcat, etc are known as cloud hosting. They could be confusing especially to a beginner. So Cloud server is better? In a certain way, yes if your instance has failed. The guest machine (Cloud server) will move to another host.

There are more points of failure for a cloud server set up. The setup requires more equipment, costs are higher and there are more interconnects. So it is quite a debatable question which is better. Most importantly, you have a backup and you can restore quickly.

However, I reckon a VPS might perform better at the same CPU class due to the shared storage. Even it is a fibre connection, it will definitely cost more. In the industry, many providers jump into the bandwagon using the word ‘cloud’ on their services to get more people to sign up.

As a consumer, we need to ask more pre-sales question if you are buying a ‘Cloud’ service, it could be misleading. Anyway, you can know more about the service what you are paying.

Dedicated server or a high performance VPS?

Dedicated server or a high-performance VPS?

This has been always in my head, should I deploy a dedicated server or a high-performance VPS? The tricky part is ‘high performance’, how high is high? Higher than? We ask this question ourselves. Yet today, I had have found the answer.

In my dictionary, high performance means better than its class and the enhancement should be speed, not quantity. If you ask me on what to choose between a dedicated server and a high-performance VPS, I will go for a VPS if my application runs well.

There are a few reasons why I go for a VPS. Basically, you can scale whenever you want. Today, I can choose a lower plan but I will scale up when my user’s base grows. The cost is definitely lower while you might see little utilisation on a server.

However, this is only a reason. The major reasons are the recovery time and possibility. It is possible to restore a VPS using a snapshot and the restoration is much quicker. If the snapshot is portable, high chance you can restore it at any host using the same type of virtualization. They are flexible and feasible.

I cannot deny that in some situations, a dedicated server is the only choice. But if the situation has allowed, I will choose to stick with a VPS. Given the advantages, probably you save more per Gb in hard Disk storage. However, if space is not an issue I do not mind paying more for restoration speed.

Some are using shared hosting?

Some are using shared hosting?

Actually, this question has bothered me, why people are using shared hosting while VPS are dirt cheap. Probably, you can get a VPS for just $5 a month and multiply by 12 months which is equal to $60. What $60? It is cheaper than a shared hosting plan.

But wait, we miss out a few things. There are a few reasons why they are still using and looking for shared hosting. If you look at a different angle or in their socks, VPS may not a good choice.

I have spoken to some, they have no idea what is a VPS, end of the day it is about price. In the past, VPS has a higher price than shared hosting, however, because of its popularity and server are cheaper nowadays, VPS’s price has fallen tremendously.

Price is probably the main factor. Secondly is the web panel like cPanel or Plesk, they are optional in a VPS. Unlike the shared hosting, basically, you do not have to think about it. Shared hosting is a web hosting ready to go. So it is simple, good for layman or people have little IT background.

Again, consumers must give themselves with choices and not limited to shared hosting. Hosting providers like us must be able to educate the consumers on the differences between VPS and shared hosting. Consumers will understand the pros and cons, and which types of web hosting are bettter.

Here are a few advantages of buying a VPS compares to shared hosting;

  • If you host more than one website, a VPS might save you more money.
  • Dedicated IP address comes default in a VPS. You never worry if your neighbour’s IP address is blacklisted in RBL.
  • You can update the kernel at your own schedule if it is a true VM.
  • Web service, mail service and others do not share with others. You have total control over these services.
  • You can root shell to your VPS.
  • You can modify the configuration of a VPS for the behaviour you wanted.
  • You can resell spare resources & more

However, there are cons like paying more for a control panel and it is likely you need to manage your web hosting if you faced any difficulty on a VPS. Only you have more time or you have the knowledge, it is worth considering buying a VPS for your website.

 

 

More RAM please?

More RAM please?

This is not a difficult question, most will say the more the merrier. YES! In theory, more RAM helped to “speed” things up. The questions are what kind of applications? And by how much?

On a VPS or dedicated server, you can buy more RAM or some called it ‘memory’ somehow to improve performance but you are buying, they aren’t free. When you add RAM, do you know the limitation of the OS? The applications? Addin more RAM to a 32bit OS, might not improve the situation. Because there is a limitation on the OS.

However, if you have a database has a lot of transaction, more RAM will help. But if the database is simply serving web content and does not have much transactions or updates. Anything at 4Gb is probably enough.

Here is my point, understand the server’s performance is relatively important. Paying more to buy more RAM every month might not solve your problem. On the other hand, should you pay more to buy more RAM to get rid of the bottleneck?

Actually, it is a debatable question, on many occasions, it is the ‘feel’ that counts. Metrix on performance are usually in very detailed value like millisecond (ms). Unless the gap is big, otherwise it is difficult to tell with a pair of naked eyes. So, understand your applications. Not forgetting RAM too has different speed, a larger RAM in capacity but slower speed or a faster RAM with lesser RAM is a debatable question too. Maybe in my next discussion.

 

Do you need a web control panel?

Do you need a web control panel?

This question is more for the VPS and the dedicated server users. A web control panel is likely an option when you order one of these web hostings.

The popular control panels are Plesk Onyx and cPanel with WHM. cPanel can hosts unlimited domains while Plesk Onyx comes in 3 variants support up to 10, 30 and unlimited domains. And if you are a reseller or managing a lot of users for a different domain, you should order Web Pro edition and above.

This has happened to be an option when you are ordering a VPS or dedicated server. You might be saving up to $20 every month if you are not installing a licensed control panel. There are free one but they have limited functions.

In my opinion, you can do most things without a control panel. But how soon? How fast? Who is or are using? Alright, we need to find out who are the users. If your users are business users and you are reselling, you need a control panel. If you are the administrator, you can do without in these conditions;

  • Do you have the knowledge to do it? Like to create a website, mailbox or an SSL certificate.
  • Do you have the resources? Like installing a mail server or an FTP server.
  • Do you have the time? If you need to repeatedly do the same task frequently,

 

To save the money without a control panel might require you t spend more time managing websites. Unless you are confident to do it quickly and the steps are correct, otherwise a control panel makes your life easier and you can get things done quickly.