Running a small business can leave you feeling like you need superpowers in order to get everything done. Some of those powers probably include: splitting yourself into three people, slowing down time, and never needing sleep. While you probably shouldn’t try exposing yourself to gamma rays in order to get everything done, there are some more practical solutions available to you that will help you run your business no matter where you are.
One limitation that most people can relate to is the need for multiple devices in order to get their work done. A desktop computer may be the backbone of your operation, but you can’t take it on the road with you. Your smartphone most likely isn’t up to the task of handling all your work, either. So, what do you do? Do you need to invest in a laptop? Can you just get by with a tablet and a data connection? The balancing of one’s budget with different technological needs depending on where you’re working from often seems like an eternal struggle. Is there any way to access everything you need from any location?
The answer is yes thanks to the cloud. But it’s a bit more involved than that.
By now everyone is aware of “the cloud” out there somewhere saving their stuff. Even your grandmother has probably asked you how to get her pictures out of the cloud at this point. But there is a difference between what we think of as the cloud in a consumer sense and how we can have a decentralized approach to the way we work professionally.
VPS to the Rescue
It turns out there may have been a solution to your business road warrior needs all along. But, you may not have known how versatile hosting services can truly be. If you’ve ever shopped around for a hosting company, you’ve probably thought of it through the lens of putting a website up somewhere. While it’s true that using a VPS is a great solution for hosting a website, they are much more versatile than that.
With the right set up (and depending on what your line of work entails) a VPS could provide you with an on the go working cloud solution. The first thing you need to determine is what it is exactly you’re looking for in a service that you can remotely access.
What Can You Do with a VPS-Based Workspace?
You may be fantasizing about sipping a Mojito on the beach while logging into your virtual environment from your sleek iPad, but not so fast. We’ll get there in a minute. Web designers will probably benefit from establishing a VPS development area the most. That’s because they are already comfortable working in a Linux environment and can effectively work in one.
There are many plans to choose from when it comes to selecting a VPS. If you’re planning on using your hosting space for anything beyond keeping a website online, you’ll probably have to opt for a more robust monthly package that more closely matches the resources you’d have on a local machine. That’s because you’re actually going to be installing a third-party desktop environment to remote into so you can have a “full computer” on the go that can be accessed from anywhere. That’s not to say you need to be rocking a VPS with 8gb of RAM and 256 gb of SSD storage. But, you’re going to want to opt for a plan that gives you at the very least 1gb of RAM to use and a minimum of disk space that allows you to install the OS along with the few programs you may want to run.
What is the Advantage of Having a Remote Desktop?
There are many reasons why you would want a desktop environment that doesn’t live on your local machine. For one thing, you may not want to lug around a high performance laptop that tends to be on the heavier side with relatively short battery life. Another reason you may want to establish a remote desktop environment is you want to run software for prolonged periods of time that may bog down your machine or cause you to hit your data cap depending on your Internet service provider. Of course, if the latter is your reasoning for signing up for a VPS, be aware that your hosting company will have data limits as well. If the software you’re running is resource hungry (such as an application that is constantly pulling in raw financial data in real time or crawling the web for whatever reason) you may hit your monthly limit. Luckily, a VPS plan is easily upgradeable and doesn’t require a difficult migration process. But, you may want to clear what you’re attempting to do with your hosting company before committing to the idea.
Is It Secure?
The short answer is yes. You run greater risks keeping all of your data local. When you want to work from anywhere, you need to keep your information with you. That may take the form of an external hard drive or a USB flash device. One must assume you’re encrypting your external devices, but let’s say you haven’t been taking that step. If you lose your hard drive, you’re exposing yourself to theft of not just your information but whatever sensitive information you’re in possession of that belongs to your clients or customers. Even if you have an encrypted drive, you’ve lost your data and now have to try and get your work done without being in possession of an alternative backup drive unless you regularly travel with all of your hard drives, which few people do.
KnownHost takes the security of your data seriously. You get 24/7 fully managed support, free backups, and complementary DDOS protection.
How Do I Access My VPS from My Device?
The first thing you want to establish is what device you’re interested in using to access your VPS. From there, it’s a matter of choosing a method. Because KnownHost offers you full root access, it’s really just a matter of choosing the right solution for your particular workflow. From a Windows computer, you can use PuTTY as a free SSH client to gain access. You could travel with the lightest laptop you can find without worrying about specs. With SSH access, the heavy lifting is done by the VPS. If you prefer to really travel light and want to work from an iPad, there are many remote desktop applications available in the App Store. If a full remote desktop solution isn’t what you’re looking for, you can go the dedicated SSH app route as well.
At KnownHost, we know our customers have a wide variety of hosting needs. That’s why we’re here to help. Whether you’re looking to host numerous domains, run an ecommerce store and need top speeds, or set up a development environment, we can assist you. We’re also here to help you migrate from your current service if they aren’t meeting your business’ needs. If you have pricing inquiries or are looking for the best solution for your business, contact us today.