In order to understand these benefits more fully, it's important to quickly review what a VPS is exactly, and the best way to do that is to contrast it to the other two common options.
On one end of the spectrum, there's shared hosting.
That's a less expensive alternative where you share a remote computer (or server) with some other clients.
Your resources and theirs are all on the same mainframe.
Alternatively, there's also a dedicated server, where you get an entire mainframe computer to yourself.
This is the most expensive option.
The Benefits Begin As you may have guessed from our previous explanation, a virtual private server is an option that straddles the fence between the two aforementioned extremes.
It isn't as expensive as a dedicated server, yet it affords you more power and flexibility than a shared hosting account.
While technically your sever is still hosted on the same actual computer as those of some other clients, the computer is partitioned in such a way as to enable your company to run its own operating system distinctly from those other clients.
Thus, your server can be set up specifically the way you need it to be.
The Benefits Continue In addition to the financially, which are due largely to reduced hardware maintenance and energy costs, another key benefit of a virtual private server is additional capacity.
This is particularly important, obviously, if you have a large number of files to host.
The nature of what type of files you'll be hosting can also affect this.
Video files, for example, are notoriously large.
The additional space your company will have with a virtual private server as opposed to a shared hosting account should be more than enough for the vast majority of small to medium sized business.
What's more, employees of your company will have easy access to those files no matter where they are or when they need them.
A VPS Will Provide You With Additional Security and Bandwidth Capacity We haven't mentioned either of these last two benefits yet, but they're both crucial.
By virtue of the fact that you will be using remote servers at all, you will be able to back up data that is priceless to your company, rendering it significantly more secure.
Not only that, you'll have lots of extra bandwidth, too, which means you'll be conveying a more professional image.
Think about it.
If your web sites are slow because you're on a shared hosting plan and other customers are consuming large chunks of that's server's bandwidth, then there's not much you'll be able to do about that.
It will be really frustrating for your users, too, whether they're your employees or your customers.
With a VPS account, you'll be able to greatly minimize the risk of that kind of embarrassment.
If you're running anything more than just a single web site that's mostly HTML, then you are going to find these benefits of VPS imminently valuable.