Discover what VPS servers and RDP accounts are and what they do
With the ever-growing popularity of the internet, computer technology is improving every day. Thanks to the high demand, there are many services and solutions that have become available to users. These solutions also include VPS hosting and RDP accounts, which we are going to differentiate today. Let's start off with understanding what exactly is a VPS.
What's a VPS?
VPS is an acronym which stands for Virtual Private Server. A VPS hosting environment mimics a dedicated server within a virtual environment. VPS hosting is one of several types of web hosting accounts you can choose to host your website online. The technology behind VPS hosting is similar to that of VMware or Virtual Box. These programs allow you to run several virtualized operating systems on one machine.
If you want a more detailed description of a VPS and its possible uses, check out our extremely detailed blog about VPS servers.
Benefits of a VPS
There are many advantages to having a virtual private server over other types of online hosting and storage services. Let’s get into them.
This point mainly relates to using a VPS for hosting purposes, however, is still important in other cases nonetheless. The resources available for use by the virtual machine are assigned during its creation and could possibly be modified later by the server administrator. Regardless of the activities done by the other VPS on the server machine, you will always have access to these resources.
Choice of OS
Unlike an RDP, which only supports Windows OS servers, with a VPS, you get a wide variety of operating system choice. Most VPS server providers will even allow you to install a custom OS that fits your needs. The only other way to have this freedom is to get a dedicated server, however, those are in a completely different price range.
Administrative or Root access
Now this is a big advantage for just about any user. Having the ability to install any application you want is something that is often taken for granted by computer users as just about anyone has this ability on their own system. Thus, it comes to the surprise of many beginner webhost users that in the world of web hosting and similar services, this is not always a given. In fact, services such as shared hosting and RPD accounts do not offer such capabilities.
Unlike the way it is with shared hosting, getting a VPS will also grant you a dedicated IP that you will use to connect to the server.
Freedom of functionality
Although in most cases a VPS will be used for web hosting, the possibilities that can be done with the virtual machine are nearly endless. You can also use it to run a VoIP (voice over IP) server, game server, backup server, and much more.
Of course, no service is perfect. No matter how good the hardware & software are or how much functionality the VPS has, there will be some disadvantages. Here are some of these drawbacks.
Requires some technical experience
A server without a configuration on it, a VPS is just a bunch of computer components put together. Regardless of the function(s) you want the server to execute, a good configuration must be set up, preferably also considering safe cybersecurity practices. This task, although not very challenging, could prove difficult for users with little to no technical experience.
Not 100% in control
Although, with the help of virtualization technology the virtual servers are completely separated, they are all still running on a single machine which is under the control of the service provider. Despite having admin access to the OS, VPS users do not have full control over their environment when compared to dedicated server users.
This one shouldn’t come as a surprise; for more features and functionality, you will have to shed some extra cash. VPS servers are just more expensive than RDP accounts, and way pricier than shared hosting. When compared to an RDP account, the price difference might be just a few bucks, but in the long run it does add up.
What's an RDP?
Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is a Microsoft protocol designed to facilitate application, data transfer, security, and encryption between client users, devices, and a virtual network server. It enables a remote user to add a graphical interface to the desktop of another computer. Each RDP Server is shared among ~10 remote desktop accounts. You don't get administrator access in the server but all the work you do in your RDP Account is 100% private.
Put simply, an RDP account as a service is a remote Windows environment that you can connect to and use the preinstalled applications, without having admin access.
Benefits of RDP accounts
Easy to use
The Remote Desktop Protocol was designed with ease of use in mind. All you need is to simply open the Remote Desktop Connection application on the computer you are connecting from and enter the IP address of the system you are connecting to. After that, it is as straightforward as using your actual machine.
No technical experience required
Once you purchase an RDP account, it will be automatically set up by the provider and you should have access to the full-fledged service. There is no need to execute a complex setup of the server, all the functionality is available as soon as you get your login credentials. An RDP also removes the need to have constant management of the server. Simply connect to it and use to your heart’s content; the service provider will take care of maintenance and security updates.
This is the one advantage that will most probably attract the most users. Although the price difference could be as little as only $2 USD, this price is paid monthly and thus can accumulate to a decent amount of money. Look at it this way, if you were to get an RDP for 6 months instead of a VPS, you could use the saved money to purchase a domain for a year.
Drawbacks of using an RDP account
No administrative access
If just having an RDP account is your goal, then you are out of luck with getting administrative privileges. The only way to make that happen is to get an RDP server instead. Nevertheless, you could still request for the provider to install specific software for your RDP account.
No multiple monitor support
Unlike similar services such as TeamViewer, RDP does not support for multiple monitors on the terminal server. There is no feature to toggle between multiple screens.
When compared to a VPS, the possibilities of what could be accomplished with the service are quite narrow. The lack of admin access simply adds to the functionality restrictions.
Which is better, VPS or RDP Account?
In brief, RDP provides remote display and input capabilities over network connections for Windows-based applications running on a server, while VPS is a virtual machine that you can use to host your data and since VPS runs its own OS, you can get a Windows or Linux VPS server.
But which one should you get? That totally depends on your needs. If you want to host websites or want complete control of the server, you should probably go for a VPS. If you want a shared server with high configuration and without regard for administrator access you should go for RDP Account.
As mentioned in the paragraph above, there is no definite answer to which service is better suited for you. It solely depends on your needs and goals. We do however, hope that by explaining how the services operate and outlining their advantages and disadvantages, you will come to a more educated conclusion on which one will better suit your desires.
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