VPS, or Virtual Private Server, means hosting of different entities for various customers, but all in one server. It enables the service provider to make a partition of a single server into many virtual servers. The customers would then share the server as a whole, which includes both the connection and the hardware.
If you are planning to resell the hosting, you will have a greater degree of control on those services which you can offer, so it would give you a competitive edge over the competitors. For those web developers who are planning to develop a social networking site or a blog full of functions, VPS hosting would be the idle choice to go for.
VPS hosting bridges the gaps between the initial and the entry level web hosting plans and the co-location. While the former offers specified services like PHP/MySQL, etc., with limited disk space on a shared server, the latter lets you fully own and control the hardware, and just rent an internet connection and a rack space from the data center. A VPS would be the best option for you if you want to have a shared hosting plan, but your finances dont permit you to opt for a co-location web hosting plan.
Some of the advantages of a VPS web hosting plan are listed below:
*It provides you with a root access which enables you to install and even configure any program that you wish to
*Many websites can be hosted through the virtual hosts provided by Apache
*You get many other services as well, like an FTP server, a mail server, and any server that you may need
*These servers can be used for storing files, as backup, or as anything as it might suit you