What is a Minecraft VPS ?
With its distinctly bright, blocky style, the sandbox survival game Minecraft has become iconic across the globe. Its popularization can be largely attributed to massive online and real-life communities, and the thousands of mods that exist for it are also a crucial factor in making it the bestselling video game of all time. With PC, console, VR and even mobile platforms, the game is easily accessible and offers players total freedom in how they choose to play it, whether they are casual or avid gamers. While many do enjoy playing on publicly-accessible servers, private gaming servers are becoming increasingly popular for those who want to isolate a world, build it with just their friends, and play by their own set of rules.
A VPS (short for virtual private server) is a fully-isolated virtual environment based on a bare-metal server. Each VPS is allocated a set portion of the server’s physical resources, and is functionally equivalent to a dedicated server, but with a much lower price tag. It may help to think of it as renting an apartment, rather than a whole house.
Why choose an OVHcloud VPS rather than a dedicated server ?
Smooth gameplay and flexibility are vital aspects of the ultimate gaming experience, and this is offered by dedicated computing resources — but often, dedicated servers can be too costly, and many users may not require all of the resources provided by bare-metal technology. This is where OVHcloud VPS server hosting solutions come in. If you are looking for a cost-effective way of hosting private Minecraft games with a group of other players, then a VPS will be the right solution for you.
Users can harness many of the advantages associated with dedicated servers, at just a fraction of the price. Like a bare metal server, the allocated resources of a VPS are dedicated solely to you— so you will get lightning-speed performance, quick landscape rendering and lag-free gameplay without any impact from neighboring customers.
What flexibility does a VPS offer ?
It may be that you are looking to add more players to your server, and make room for a quickly growing world full of crafted masterpieces — or perhaps you would like to download the very best mod packs to enrich your gameplay. In just a few clicks, you can do all of this and much more, by increasing resources like RAM, CPU and disk space — thus tailoring your VPS to suit your gaming needs.
OVHcloud offers the option of creating automated daily backups of your VPS, so you can rest assured that if your server gets hacked, or a player accidentally destroys something, you can always revert your world back to the state it was in before. As a hosting provider, we maintain the hardware your virtual server runs on. And like all OVHcloud products, our VPS solutions come with built-in anti-DDoS protection standard, to maintain constant uptime and ensure that your games remain protected in the event of a DDoS attack.
If you are not looking to invest in a dedicated game server and simply want a low-cost, flexible solution for hosting smaller, casual groups, then an OVHcloud VPS is the perfect way to get started. In short, rather than paying a much higher price for all the resources of a physical server and only using a small portion of them, with a VPS you can just pay for what you use. In comparison to other Minecraft solutions on the market, OVHcloud offers an excellent price/performance ratio.
Getting the most out of your Minecraft server
Tip 1: Keep an eye on your resource usage, users, and server location.
As you expand your group of users, supplement your gameplay with mod packs and continue building your world, it is important to boost your resources accordingly. The OVHcloud Control Panel is designed to give you a detailed view of your resource usage, and offer both speed and simplicity when it comes to adding more resources. To ensure lag-free gameplay and minimal latency, add resources if you notice that you are coming close to hitting your resource usage threshold.
Tip 2: Think about how you would like to scale up in future.
OVHcloud VPS hosting is a great way to get started hosting games. However, it is important to consider how you may want to scale up your infrastructure on a more long-term basis. If you are an enterprise or reseller seeking to provide your customer base with gaming services, we recommend considering a dedicated hosting service from our OVHcloud Game dedicated server range. Game dedicated servers are specially designed for larger-scale game hosting, and are equipped with OVHcloud’s very own Game DDoS protection.
Tip 3: Look at plug-and-play options.
Whether you are not particularly confident with manually configuring Minecraft, or simply don’t want the hassle of manually setting up the game, Minecraft plug-and-play options are a great addition to your VPS, and with root access included as standard, they are easy to install. They add further options and functionality to your games, and offer you more freedom to enjoy the game itself.