Basically, the difference is in their development and management ways. The price difference is also the key to affecting your choice. This article will describe some features, pros, and cons of VPS and cloud hosting.
What's the difference between VPS and the cloud?
Many people think VPS does not have scalability; relatively speaking, it does not as the mother physical server’s resource limited a VPS’ scalability. Partly says, when the physical server’s resource is enough, people can freely increase the storage, CPU, bandwidth, and memory if the current VPS resource does not match requirements. Downgrade or reduce resources can also be possible, but the steps are tedious.
A cloud server has more advantages in scalability as resources in a cloud are presented as a unified pool where you can scale them up or down at any moment. Based on multiple physical servers means a cloud server hosting can easily change its resource by a wide margin. Most important of all, there is no downtime for any downgrade or upgrade.
Compared with a VPS, cloud hosting will let a client have more abundant choices. People can freely choose from hundreds of OS and app templates or create their own templates.
VPS works like a dedicated server with a defined configuration, so most of the providers use pre-paid charges. That means people pay in the monthly, semi-annually cycle, etc. However, as you can change a cloud server configuration easily, the “pay-as-you-go” model is welcomed for cloud service rental.