Virtual Private Systems (VPSs) are virtual servers designed to work like dedicated servers in a shared hosting environment. They are a less expensive option than renting an entire dedicated server and are more private than a shared server. In these ways, Virtual Private Systems combine some of the best qualities of both dedicated and shared servers. This post describes differences between Fully Managed and Self-Managed VPSs.
How do VPSs work?
VPS technology allows for one physical machine to run multiple virtualized operating systems at once. With one physical server running multiple operating systems, each acts as a dedicated server. Unlike shared hosting, you are not sharing a portion of a server with other users, but you are also not renting an entire server like for a dedicated server.
VPSs allow users to have their own operating system so no other website on the server can access files, and they are available for far less than the price of a dedicated server. Static websites or sites that only receive a small amount of traffic (WordPress sites, personal galleries, and small online stores, for example) rarely require a VPS, and can easily use shared hosting. For an active website, one that receives perhaps 35 million hits a day or includes a very busy web application, a VPS may be a good choice.
In some circumstances, VPSs may even be an obvious necessity, but choosing the right VPS for you may not be as simple as you thought. There are two basic types of VPSs differentiated by how servers are managed, including fully managed and self-managed VPSs.
Fully managed VPS
In a fully managed VPS, the provider manages the server, so the user does not have to worry about the technical details behind running an internet server. The most common reason business owners or individuals may opt for a fully managed VPS is because they lack the knowledge and experience to run their own server. If neither you nor anyone on your team has the necessary technology skills to run a server for your organization, consider fully managed VPSs.
Benefits of fully managed VPSs
Some factors that make fully managed VPSs so attractive include:
Server maintenance: The host provider makes sure the server is running properly and there are no technical glitches that might cause your website to crash.
Updates: With fully managed VPS a user does not need to worry about updating software or hardware to keep their website running.
System monitoring: Monitoring pays close attention to traffic spikes to ensure your website can handle increased traffic at peak times without crashing.
Data protection: Files are constantly checked for vulnerability and backed up on a regular basis. This ensures that after a crash or some other error, no data would be completely lost and could be restored quickly. Backups are also constantly being made of your web servers and applications to ensure rapid restoration if necessary.
Security: Fully managed VPSs are constantly checked by the host provider for weak points on the site as well as malware, spyware, and suspicious traffic patterns. This keeps your website uncorrupted and safe from viruses as well as keeping you aware of what type of traffic your site is getting.
Tech support: Users can be sure of 24/7 assistance with their website if they have any problems or issues requiring customer support, or for any technical or formatting requests.
Consequences of fully managed VPSs
As with all technological achievements, there are some drawbacks that come with fully managed VPSs such as:
Price: Full management of VPSs increases costs. One cannot expect full server maintenance and management to be free.
Limited customization: The user often does not have as much control over the server as they might like. The host provider makes all software and hardware decisions, and controls when software and hardware are installed.
Time: If you do wish to have a certain piece of hardware or software installed, request that it be installed by the host provider. While they will usually agree to these requests fairly quickly, it will take extra time that could have been saved by installing the software yourself.
These are servers in which the host provides no maintenance or management, and the VPSs are managed entirely by the users. The only thing the host provider is responsible for is the availability of a functional physical server. Some users prefer the higher levels of freedom offered by self-managed VPSs and choose them over fully managed servers. Users with technological savvy and experience should seriously consider self-managed VPSs.
Benefits of self-managed VPS
Customization: Users have the freedom with a self-managed VPS to control every aspect of a server. You can install any software you want and have complete control over who can access your information, and when.
Price: The cost of a self-managed VPS is always less than that of a fully managed VPS, as all the host provider contributes is the server space. There are even self-managed VPSs available for free.
Security: Self managed VPSs allow you to manage the levels of security protecting your data, so it can be as minimal or as intensive as you wish.
Self reliance: There is no need to rely on anyone else to make changes to your server or your website. All updates, installations, and format changes are totally dependent upon the user.
Benefits of self-managed VPS
Despite the freedom offered by these systems, many people are intimidated by them. There is a risk of getting in over your head and drowning in lack of technology skills and knowledge. Factors to consider include:
Difficulty: To properly run a self managed VPS, a user needs to have all the technical skills required to understand and operate the server. If you are a talented tech professional, a self managed VPS is almost certainly what you want to choose. If you have very little knowledge of web servers and no funds to hire a full time IT professional, consider a fully managed VPS.
Performance depends on the user: If the server is not performing the way you would like it to, you have no one but yourself to blame.
To learn more about fully managed and self managed VPSs, contact AccuwebHosting today.
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