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    VPS vs. Semi-Dedicated - Which do I need?

    Hi all.

    I am in the middle of rebuilding a website for a large magazine. The site currently averages 2 million hits a month, and uses about 10 GB of bandwidth a month. The site has always been on a shared Windows hosting plan, however I feel it has outgrown the shared environment.

    The company can't afford a dedicated server, so I am looking for a "middle ground". Now that the company is doing e-mail marketing to an opt-in list of over 50,000 people, and a shared environment simply can't handle that kind of mailing volume.

    I am not picky about hosting platform, though I am more familiar with Linux, cPanel, etc. I also have no clue about server management, so I'd need a managed solution.

    My question, is what is the difference between semi-dedicated and VPS, and which would you suggest for my needs? Also, can anyone suggest a reliable host that offers fully managed services for less than $100/month?

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    Hello,
    There is no big difference between VPS and semi-dedicated (there should not be). The thing with the VPS is that you have part of the server resources for your needs and with the semi-dedicated it is not obligatory as these resources may vary depending on the server type, its configuration and the other users installed currently.

    Good Luck!
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    A VPS in a virtual server within a server. A semidedicated is a special case of shared hosting (smaller, limited number of accounts per server), and thus similar rules tend to apply to it (email sending limits for example).

    Given the huge list, I think VPS is the safer route.
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    basically a dedicated server will not restrict you on the mailing service. And this will be an added advantage for long run.

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    Semi-dedicated plans generally are very fast and allow for greater resource usage in terms of CPU and MEMORY than a standard shared account because of the less amount of users per server.

    With Semi-Dedicated account you'll share full CPU and RAM of the server which allows flexibility to run big websites without overloading the server while with a VPS you get a part of server resources and RAM which is Guaranteed RAM along with root access.

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