Best Virtual Private Servers (VPS) Providers

Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting providers offer access to computer servers with rentable virtual machines (VMs) that act as if they were each a unique server in and of itself. VPS hosting is a type of website hosting used to host websites in scalable virtual environments within a partitioned server. Through VPS hosting, multiple virtual instances can reside on a single server without interfering with other server residents’ website performance. VPS hosting is used by organizations that require more server resources than are offered in shared hosting plans, but do not wish to pay for the sole use of a server for dedicated hosting. Overarching server resources, such as available CPU, RAM, and Internet bandwidth, are shared by all accounts hosted on the server, while some portions of those resources are reserved for each VPS user. VPS hosting providers use server virtualization software to create each virtual instance within a single physical server, and often provide support for a variety of content management systems, web frameworks, and control panel software.

To qualify as a VPS provider, a service provider must:

  1. Provide rentable virtual environments within partitioned servers
  2. Maintain server hardware and Internet connectivity for hosting customers
  3. Reserve portions of server resources for each VPS user
  4. Allow users to manage their virtual environment through a digital control panel

Virtual Private Servers (VPS) Providers Grid® Overview

The best Virtual Private Servers (VPS) Providers products are determined by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and scale (based on market share, vendor size, and social impact) and placed into four categories on the Grid®:
  • Products in the Leader quadrant are rated highly by G2 Crowd users and have substantial Market Presence scores. Leaders include: DigitalOcean, Linode, A2 Hosting, and cPanel
  • High Performers are highly rated by their users, but have not yet achieved the market share and scale of the Leaders. High Performers include: Hostwinds, UpCloud, Vultr, and AccuWeb Hosting
  • Contenders have significant Market Presence and resources, but have received below average user Satisfaction ratings or have not yet received a sufficient number of reviews to validate the solution. Contenders include: Plesk and Amazon VPC
  • Niche solutions do not have the Market Presence of the Leaders. They may have been rated positively on customer Satisfaction, but have not yet received enough reviews to validate them. Niche products include: Netrepid
G2 Crowd Grid® for Virtual Private Servers (VPS)
Leaders
High Performers
Contenders
Niche
Digitalocean
Linode
Netrepid
Hostwinds
Plesk
A2 hosting
Upcloud
Amazon vpc
Vultr
Accuweb hosting
Cpanel
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