What is VPS Hosting?

VPS stands for virtual private server. A virtual private server is just like a dedicated server except its actually being virtualized in a shared host environment.

That can sound a little confusing so lets be clear. Traditionally there are just a few types of hosting. A shared hosting environment is one where different customers share the same server. A dedicated server is when only 1 customer has control of a server dedicated to their own use.

A virtual private server is both at the same time. The customer has full control over their own system but the entire system is running virtually in a server shared by others. If you have ever used VMware or Virtual Box you have probably familiarized yourself a little with the idea of virtualization but for those who have not had this experience I will explain.

Virtualization is the process of running multiple operating systems on a single machine at the same time. In this way each operating system running from inside the hosts operating system functions just like an entire computer.

By this method. A customer can have access to most of the benefits of their own server but for significantly less cost and difficulty. This method can provide added security, an extended level of customization may be available and further control over your servers software.


In this scenario, because you are not sharing a single operating system there is no way for anyone to potentially access any of your files


With your own operating system at your disposal you have full access to your own applications. PHP, MySQL, etc. You can make changes to suit your own particular needs and necessities whenever you would like.

Added Control:

Overall, you would have a lot more control in this instance. For example rebooting your virtual server is simple and wont affect anybody else but you.

For more information check out ASPnix Virtual Cloud Hosting.

Windows Virtual Cloud Servers – Server 2016 Now Available

windows-server-2016We are very pleased to announce that our Windows Virtual Cloud servers platform now supports Windows Server 2016. While a Technical Preview release, this will allow customers to experiment with the new Windows Server release, test new features and applications as well as prepare for future deployments once Server 2016 goes RTM.

Additional templates such as

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Core Edition (no GUI)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Web Edition
  • Windows 10 Enterprise Edition

are also supported under our new Hyper-V packages. All of our templates are now fully up-to-date and include all Microsoft .Net Frameworks from v2.0 through v4.6.1.

If you have any questions please contact our sales department and we will be happy to help!

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Shared Hosting Compared to Virtual Personal Server Hosting

Virtual personal servers or shared hosting – which one is right for you and your business’s needs?

Shared hosting does not allow customization, but maintenance cost and responsibility is spread out among the other users you are sharing with. It is the most common method of hosting, where CPU time, memory, and disk space is shared between all of the users.

This method will be ideal for users who are looking to save money (such as if your start-up business is on its first legs and has a low beginning capital), if you will have a small employee base (shared hosting limits the amount of emails accounts you can set up), if you are expecting small numbers of daily visitors (around 500 daily), and plans to host only your website and maybe a blog or two.

Shared hosting offers the advantage of economy. For less technically savvy users, it is a relief to have maintenance handled by the server. As your website expands, you are able to add on additional storage space and there are wide possibilities for installing software, virtualized software included.

Disadvantages can include limited resources, the possibility of having your website’s performance affected by other sites on the server, potential scalability and backup issues, possibilities for security issues, a limited customer support, and having to configure firewalls for various applications.

The shared hosting that we offer comes with many benefits such as unlimited disk space and data transfer. Check out our unique and economical plan.

VPS hosting allows full customization, but comes along with the responsibility of maintenance. This host is ideal for businesses with secured data and resource-heavy applications.

VPS hosting will be right for you if you are looking to expand your company, will be using confidential secured data, expect notably increased traffic, intend to add to your employee base (thus needing a greater email capacity), and have plans for hosting multiple websites, blogs, etc.

There are many advantages in virtual hosting, such as the large amount of space and bandwidth, the freedom to change your subscription, extensive scalability and backup options, the ability to configure as you wish, extensive and dedicated customer support, and customizable firewall configurations.

Disadvantages include the need for a dedicated system administrator to stay on top of maintenance and updates, the typically higher price, and certain applications can be fussy in a virtualized environment.

We are able to offer you a very reasonably priced VPS hosting without cutting any corners on the features. Check out the details.

Benefits of using VPS for the Office

Windows VPS works as an “office in the cloud,” with its own operating system, disc space, and bandwidth. It is a middle point between shared hosting and dedicated hosting, useful for sites that are not quite ready for dedicated hosting, but have out-grown shared hosting. It grants users far more control over their environment than is available with shared hosting. This flexibility allows users to decide which resources are currently necessary and add more as their company or needs grow.

Microsoft-Hyper-V-LogoWith a VPS, your virtual desktop will be nearly identical to your actual computer’s desktop. You can choose the applications to upload, such as Word, Excel, and Outlook, accounting programs, or (if the provider offers Virtual Graphic Cards) even Adobe Photoshop and the like.

ERP or CRM systems can also be installed on VPS. Having these systems available from more than just at the office helps out employees who work from home or travel often, granting them access to all the services that might make their load smoother. Applications that have to run 24/7 can be moved to VPS to ensure the program runs continually, smoothly, and keeps your company doing the same.

Moving your website to VPS can offer huge performance benefits, particularly for websites hosted on a shared platform or those coded in ASP or .NET. Additionally installing your mail client on VPS is an extra layer of protection and assurance that your resources are only available to your website and email and not shared with anyone else on the shared hosting package.

Using VPS saves money, as it allows companies to downgrade their computers and run more complex systems from VPS, instead of investing in top-grade computers for every employee in order to run those systems. VPS is also less expensive than a physical server running a full dedicated plan.

VPS provides reliability and stability. With shared hosting, you run the risk of another website on the same server overloading and affecting your site’s performance. VPS saves your worrying about that, particularly in more professional environments.

No matter the speed of the remote desktop and server, VPS keeps your internet running at top speeds.

Check out the options we offer!

An overview and comparison of Shared Hosting with Virtual and Dedicated Servers

With all the possibilities, different strengths and weaknesses, it can be confusing to select just the right server for you and your specific needs. Here are some of our options broken down to the basics.

Do you run a high-traffic or mission critical website? Need support for self-hosted, high-performance databases? Want the most flexibility and control?

Our premium dedicated servers have the benefits of freedom, flexibility, and security, especially in comparison to shared hosting. Dedicated servers allow a greater level of management and scalability for your site’s traffic. Virtual platforms such as Microsoft Hyper-V are supported. Notable features include:

  • 2-hour emergency response
  • Free internal traffic
  • Remote power control

Are you a small business owner? Run a blog? Host personal sites for family/friends?

Shared Windows Cloud Hosting is unique and economical, offering unlimited disk space and data transfer. This option promotes reliability, high network speed, and smooth performance. With instant setup, unlimited domains and sub-domains, and premium unlimited bandwidth, this server provides fast and reliable service. Other features include:

  • Custom Control Panel
  • Safe Harbor Certified
  • Unlimited MySQL

Another popular option is the virtual server. This server is shared by multiple server owners, but still allows for each owner’s administration and complete control. It is stored on our virtual cloud, saving you space while still providing you with absolute access. Virtual servers have all the benefits of hosting yourself, while saving on space, money, and processing power.

We offer two options:

Windows Cloud Server running Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Server 2008 R2 or Server 2012 R2.

Linux Cloud Server running a wide variety of Linux distributions. Both offer excellent features, including:

  • Virtual isolation
  • Customizable server software with administrator control
  • Hardware-based virtualization
  • Unlimited network transfer

Browse our many options and be sure to contact us with any questions!

Cloud Hosting realities

What is a cloud hosting and do your sites need to be in the “cloud”?

To answer this question lets dig a little into history. Virtualization technology is actually not new. You can even say it’s as ancient as computers and servers themselves. Couple decades ago IBM has already been working with virtual servers and called them “Containers”. In the mid-2000s the mainstream CPUs became powerful enough so that every home computer could run virtual machines.

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Virtual Cloud Servers

Virtual Cloud Server Hosting

ASPnix’s VPS servers are scalable and highly reliable machines built to handle any and all of your needs. If you happen to outgrow your server, it would take only one minute to boost the memory, processing power and/or disk space resources. Features include complete virtual isolation and customizable server software with administrator control via terminal services. You can also test our network speed using our own network speed test utility. We are certain you will love our network speed and service offerings, and with a seven-day money back guarantee, what do you have to lose? See our refund policy article for more information.

If you are not familiar with virtual servers, they can be explained as such: they are servers (computers and various server programs) at someone else’s location that is shared by multiple website owners, so that each owner can use and administer it as though they had complete control of the server. This is exactly what you are getting when you purchase a VPS server from ASPnix. We store your server on our virtual cloud so you don’t have to store it yourself, but you will still have complete access to it as if it were your server at your own location. This setup can save you money, space and processing power which is more efficient and effective for you.

All Windows Cloud Virtual Servers include the SmarterTools Bundle at no additional cost!


Windows Cloud Virtual Server

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Linux Cloud Virtual Server

  • Clean Templates
  • Remote SSH Access
  • Up-To-Date Templates
  • Starting at $10 per month

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 Enterprise-Grade Hardware

Your VPS is powered by Supermicro servers with redundant power supplies, Intel Xeon Processors and Samsung data-center grade SSD drives.

 Remote Desktop Access

All Windows-based VPS units support Microsoft’s Remote Desktop for up to 2 simultaneous desktop connections.

 Web-based VPS Management

Our web-based control panel will allow you to easily, start, stop, reset or reinstall your VPS. You can also easily monitor VPS resource usage and more!

 Remote SSH Access

All Linux-based VPS units support remote SSH / SFTP access.

Gigabit Network

All VPS units have full gigabit connections! No throttling, no filtering, no QOS. Just fast throughput!

24/7 Support

Round the clock support for your critical server operations!

Hardware Firewall

Secure your VPS and stop traffic before it gets to your VPS with our hardware firewall options!

VPN Secured Access

Secure your traffic even further with our VPN services! Create a secured tunnel to and from your VPS from your computer, laptop, phone or network (where supported).

Nightly Bare-Metal Backups

Included with all VPS services! Restore your VPS anytime with ease! We also offer custom backup schedules and retention policies to meet your needs!


 Additional Service Addons

We offer many additional addons such as hosted DNS, hosted MySQL and SQL Server database solutions and more!


Operating Systems

The following Operating Systems are available for use with our Virtual Cloud Server packages:

  • Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Core Edition (no GUI)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Web Edition
  • FreeBSD 11.0
  • Debian 8.4
  • CentOS 6.x
  • CentOS 7.x
  • Fedora Server
  • Ubuntu Server
  • Red Hat Enterprise 7.2

All Operating System templates are kept up-to-date. If you require an OS install that has no updates installed, please note during the checkout process.

All Operating System templates are clean, no pre-installed services such as IIS, Apache, other bloatware etc. No additional bloat or clutter that other virtual server providers install!

Available Addons

All of our VPS server plans have the option to include add-on services such as hosted Microsoft SQL Server databases, hosted MySQL databases and Hosted Exchange level e-mailed, powered by SmarterMail.  All add-on services are completely optional and are hosted and managed by ASPnix.

  • Hosted MySQL Server 5.7 Databases (up to 20 databases)
  • Hosted SQL Server 2017 Databases (up to 20 databases)
  • Hosted DNS powered by SimpleDNS (unlimited zones) with Zone Editor
  • Hosted E-Mail powered by SmarterMail
  • cPanel Integration – Linux Only
  • PRTG Monitoring, sensor notifications, reports and much more
  • Customizable VPS backup schedules and versioning
  • Additional RDP Connections (Windows Only)
  • VPN Secured Connections
  • Hardware Firewall