What is the Difference Between the Private VPS Parent and Cloud VPS Hosting?

February 23, 2019 Jason Potter

With all of the cloud technologies available on the market these days, there are a lot of options and services available to you. Depending on your business needs, cloud hosting can greatly benefit your organization by offering you a virtual infrastructure that is accessible anywhere and at any time. Some of the cloud hosting options available with Liquid Web include Cloud VPS Hosting and Private VPS Parent Hosting which offer similar technologies but serve different purposes.

So, which product is right for your business, a Private VPS Parent or Cloud VPS Hosting? Let’s take a look at each one and determine the best fit for your business.

What Is a Cloud VPS?

A Cloud VPS is a virtual system comprised of emulated hardware that runs inside of a physical machine, called its parent server. Our cloud platform consists of a large volume of these parent servers, built with superior hardware specifications.

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A single parent server can house many independent child instances which run isolated from one another in their own server environments. These child instances are known as Cloud Virtual Private Servers, or Cloud VPS for short.

Liquid Web - Example of hardware distribution on a cloud vps

Figure 1 illustrates how you can imagine Cloud VPS with each parent server divided up many different ways.

What Are Some Examples of How I Can Use a Cloud VPS?

Consider a parent server with 64 processing cores. We can run 64 single core child instances, or two 32 core child instances, or any other combination which add up to 64 total cores. This same resource division applies to both memory and disk space as well.

Our Cloud VPS is great for hosting many system types such as web servers, email, databases, Linux, Windows, cPanel, Plesk, and other servers.

Also, Cloud VPS are scalable systems. Their on-demand modification allows for adding or subtracting resources as necessary. This makes certain you only pay for the resources you need. Scalability allows growth and eliminates the need for complicated migrations when upgrading. We handle all the hardware component aspects since the Cloud VPS parent servers are part of our own core infrastructure. This allows you to focus on your applications and running your business.

Sounds great, huh? So what is the difference between a Cloud VPS as a Private VPS Parent?

What Is a Private VPS Parent?

The Private VPS Parent is a robust, flexible and isolated virtual solution. Instead of Cloud VPS instances running on a parent server within our public cloud platform, the Private VPS Parent gives you sole control over the parent server and its resources.

We build these parent servers to order based on your capacity needs. Once built, they get all the same scalability and features as any of our typical Cloud VPS systems.

However, with a Private VPS Parent, we give you the keys to the kingdom.

You can create as many Private Cloud VPS instances as desired for your business.

This is limited only by the hardware available on the Private VPS Parent server. You won’t be charged by the instance, only for the Private VPS Parent itself.

You can even run both Linux and Windows instances together at the same time on the same Private VPS Parent, which is extremely flexible.

Another key aspect that you get with a Private VPS Parent is privacy. These parent servers only have a minimal connection to the rest of our public Cloud platform. The connection is enough to enable access to the backup and imaging features within the Liquid Web Manage Interface.

However, you get to operate under isolation which means you do not share network bandwidth with other tenants as you would on a traditional Cloud VPS. This isolation reduces the frequency of neighboring DDoS attacks from impacting your systems.

You’re not limited to a single Private VPS Parent either. Adding extra parents expands your capabilities and resources, allowing you to shuffle your instances between your Private VPS Parent servers at your leisure. You can adjust resource allocation to make room for new instances as needed. You can also move any instances over to our public cloud platform right from your Manage interface. This allows for easy conversion of instances into traditional public Cloud VPS when desired.

Liquid Web - Private VPS parent vs Cloud VPS

How Can I Use a Private VPS Parent?

There are many ways to leverage our Private VPS Parents. Each instance uses our cloud technology in its own way. The granular control over your virtual infrastructure has limitless possibilities.

Here are some real-world examples to help paint the picture:

  1. Private Virtual Office
  2. Cloud VPS Reseller
  3. Web Developer/Design Firm

Example 1: Private Virtual Office

A virtual office scenario may look something like this:

  • Web server (WHMCS): internal billing server
  • Web server: internal utilities server
  • Database server: stores customer and employee data
  • File server (Windows): internal document storage and sharing
  • Windows Server 1: virtual work-station 1
  • Windows Server 2: virtual work-station 2
  • Secured with Cloud Firewall and VPN

This scenario helps secure your infrastructure in one virtual location. Users can remotely access their desktop clients on the workstation servers. This enables our free Cloud Firewall to protect the servers from any other outside traffic. In addition, users can connect to the free Cloud VPN to establish secure connections to the virtual private network.

Example 2: Cloud VPS Reseller

Another common use case for our Private VPS Parent is for our Reseller Partners. With the Private VPS Parent, you can slice off sections of your hardware for any number of clients. These individual instances function exactly like our Cloud VPS servers, and provide a superior infrastructure to build a client base with that will scale with you. If you exceed the parent resources you can add another parent.

In order to make this process simple for our partners, we even have a WHMCS Plugin that works with our Cloud API to make this process easier and automated.

Example 3: Web Development/Design Firm

Another partner that can take full advantage of the versatility offered by the Private VPS Parent is a web design firm. In this example, we use a single Private VPS Parent. This doubles as both a company hosting setup and a development lab.

The servers involved in this type of setup may look like this:

  • Web Server (cPanel): Company Site
  • Database Server: Company Database
  • Web Server (WHMCS): Billing Server
  • Web Server (Development 1)
  • Web Server (Development 2)
  • Web Server (Development 3)

In this example, we carve up the Private VPS Parent to handle a company’s hosting needs. We then create small instances for each client’s development work. Once the site meets the clients’ standards, the client has a few options.

  1. Accept delivery of the completed source code.
  2. Opt-in for a resold private instance hosted by the firm.
  3. Opt-in to buy the instance where it’s exported to the public Cloud and ownership turned over to their own account with LiquidWeb.

Find Your Optimal Cloud Solution

Now that you understand the differences between our Private VPS Parent or our Cloud VPS Hosting, you can select the product that best suits your cloud hosting needs. Or, if you are still not sure, download our Hosting Buyer's Guide to make an informed decision on the different types of hosting, management levels, and scalability options available to your business.

About the Author

Jason Potter

A veteran of the IT Support field, I have more than a decade of experience in systems administration, web hosting, and cPanel servers. I enjoy writing and providing complicated technical concepts in layman terms. On my free time, I enjoy playing several types video games, automation scripting and just living life with my wife and two kids.

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