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What differentiates a managed VPS and an unmanaged VPS? What is the best option for bloggers and online business owners, and which one should you choose?
VPS hosting is a very popular choice for many web site owners since it offers the advantages of a dedicated server but at an affordable cost. When choosing VPS hosting you can choose between a managed or unmanaged server. Below, the difference between the two will be explained.
Virtual private servers (VPS) are actually the most popular type of servers because they provide more enhanced performance features than shared hosting and they cost less than a dedicated server.
With VPS hosting, users may share a number of physical resources such as disk space, CPU and RAM, but they will still enjoy the freedoms of having a private server, such as having your own control panel.
A big server is called a ‘node’, and the VPS is just a small part of this node. But a virtual private server still allows users to be in charge, fully, of all their own settings and configurations. This freedom allows you to customize and make any changes or adjustments that you need, as situations arise.
Since a virtual private server it is not actually a physical server, you do not have to worry about space or resources (RAM, CPU, Network bandwidth) as these are in the ‘cloud’ and managed by sophisticated datacenter tools at KnownHost.
VPS users still have access to the same resources and features as they would have otherwise, and they still have the freedom to install any application and make changes to those applications. Since you are not actually sharing any hardware, you will not have to be concerned about the physical server maintenance and security – that’s where KnownHost’s highly skilled technicians come in!
Our VPS nodes are divided into isolated containers that each have their own set of memory, disk space and CPU power - keeping you in control at all times.
Managed VPS hosting is the ideal solution for both non-technical but also technically savvy people since KnownHost takes care of any technical tasks related to the server. In other words, KnownHost’s technical team is responsible for managing the server including system upgrades and configuration – your only job is to run your website or online business.
When purchasing a VPS, you will gain administrative access through a control panel to do whatever you want with your server, while KnownHost will manage all the hardware, continuously update system software, ensure security, and maintain hardware resources to run according to the VPS package specification.
Unmanaged VPS hosting is different from managed VPS hosting in a number of ways. First and foremost, we are responsible for providing you with the VPS server but everything else is up to you to handle.
It’s like purchasing a new physical server, bringing it home, plugging in the plug, and turning it on. KnownHost’s only responsibility of the unmanaged plan is to make sure that the server is available and accessible online. Everything else is your responsibility including the configuration of the VPS server and its services.
You can imagine that this is not the job for the average user and even if you have the technical knowledge to do it, it’s always better to leave the technical principles to the expert support staff and concentrate on how to grow your business.
Overall, comparing the two is easy since managed VPS hosting has a lot more advantages than unmanaged hosting.
Cost: In the past there was a considerable difference between the two VPS packages but this is not the case today. Managed VPS hosting is as low as $25 per month which is very low if you take into account the number of hours you save from having to manage your server.
Time: When you order a managed VPS account, it only takes a couple of hours to have your server up and running in a properly configured manner but this is not the case with the unmanaged server. It may take hours to manually install and configure the required services.
Technical knowledge: No technical knowledge is required for running a managed server. When you need to do something technical all you have to do is contact support and let the skilled technical operators handle the rest. With an unmanaged server you need to have server administration skills and love working in the command line, otherwise it will be very difficult to administer your server efficiently.
Security: Website security starts from the server security and if you don’t follow strict, secure guidelines, your website will be easily exposed to security risks. A hosting account that is managed by KnownHost will have superior security, allowing you to be worry free while running your site.
There are a number of differences between VPS (virtual private servers) and dedicated servers. When deciding which is the best web hosting package for you, it is important to weigh all the factors and then make the right choice for your business.
The main differentiate between Managed VPS and Dedicated Servers lies solely on your needs. A VPS can be small yet powerful for your websites allowing you to grow as necessary, however if not planned properly, you can find yourself needing to upgrade sooner than anticipated. A VPS shares resources on the node with other VPS users.
A dedicated server is standalone – resulting in no ‘noisy neighbors’. You get a personal server with plenty of resources for applications, future growth, and performance - all to yourself. In the end, it comes down to what you really need, as both options have their own strengths.
COST - Higher cost compared to shared hosting but less of a cost when compared to dedicated hosting. (Our managed VPS packages are as low as $28 per month).
PERFORMANCE - Better performance than shared hosting - 100% SSD and lightning quick.
SCALABILITY - Easily scalable with no downtime - can quickly expand or contract based on changing requirements.
SECURITY - Highly secured and designed/optimized with security in mind. Our VPS's are top notch.
SUITABILITY - Suitable for high traffic websites, small to medium sized businesses, bloggers and everyone that wants the power of a dedicated server at a lower price.
COST - More expensive than a VPS (our managed dedi servers start at $159 per month).
PERFORMANCE - Optimum performance (depending on hardware setup and requirements).
SCALABILITY - Downtime may be needed (depending on resources required and current configuration).
SECURITY - Maximum security - total control - no common hardware with other accounts.
SUITABILITY - For those times when VPS resources are not enough, then a dedi server is the next best available solution.
A VPS can be used for many different applications. It can be used for web hosting, an email server, SAAS applications, DNS Cluster and so forth. The limitations of a VPS come down to the application requirements needed -- a VPS will be able to run most applications depending on its needs.
There are many factors to consider when selecting a reliable hosting provider. Besides taking into account the basics, (i.e. price and security) you should also give special attention to:
Support: What type of support do they offer? Is it 24/7? What do reviews say about their support services? Are you certain that they have the right tools and people to help you when you are in need?
Uptime: What is their SLA regarding up-time? Can you afford to have your business down for days? You should always aim for 99.9% uptime since a 99% uptime is equivalent to 4 whole days of downtime (for a yearly period), which is not acceptable in today’s competitive market. This report by hyperspin monitors the uptime of various hosting providers and you can use it as a guide before deciding which one to choose.
In the majority of cases what you want is a managed virtual private server package that will give you the power and flexibility, but at a lower cost. For small business owners, bloggers, web designers and everyone that needs to have a fast website, a VPS is the perfect solution.
Should you need more speed and performance you can also consider switching to an ssd-powered VPS package which has the same advantages as a VPS but offers faster performance due to the presence of SSD hard drives. VPS SSD is highly recommended for websites that use a lot of disk caching, for example WordPress websites with the w3 Total Cache plugin
Outside of these two options, we also offer shared cloud hosting.
If you are serious about your website or online business then you should consider upgrading from your shared hosting to a managed platform on our VPS (SSD), Cloud VPS or Dedicated Server packages, depending on your needs and budget.
We want to offer our customers the best possible experience by adding value to their online businesses. We achieve this by leveraging our modern and up-to-date infrastructure as well as the years of experience in the industry. For this reason, we offer fully managed services on all control panel’s for VPS and dedicated servers.
This means that we take care of your server including guaranteed availability (we offer 99.9% uptime), security hardening, operating system configuration and upgrades.
Your job is to take care of your business and if you ever need support our experienced personnel is more than glad to help you 24/7/365.