hen it comes to buying a VPS hosting, most of us are in dilemma, whether to buy managed vps host or unmanaged vps hosting?
When we purchase our first vps hosting, many of us are not sure, which is why I decided to write this blog to explain major differences between managed and unmanaged vps hosting.
Before we dive into the details, let’s first go over why you need VPS hosting? Sadly, most companies don’t know where to start, to go with a shared or vps hosting? A poor decision results to ineffective performance of their websites.
If you are an e-commerce company, a small business or an individual who depend on their websites for sales, advertising, and applications, a Windows VPS hosting provides numerous benefits to them.
It brings enterprise-class solutions to businesses of every size, making it scalable and customizable to meet your unique needs. In addition, VPS servers help keep your data safe and retrievable in case of catastrophe.
Once you’ve decided to buy a vps hosting with managed or unmanaged option, the most important factors are budget and technical capabilities and your in-house staffing.
What is your budget and what is your technical strength?
Companies wondering whether they should select a managed or unmanaged VPS must consider several factors, including:
- Staffing. Establishing, managing, and monitoring a VPS server in-house requires dedicated staff with the knowledge and experience to execute complex operations correctly.If you are planning to buy a vps hosting with unmanaged support, you should be prepared to build proper staffing to manage your vps server.So, is there any alternative to in-house staffing solution? Yes, the alternative option is to buy a paid support on incident basis from your hosting company.Most hosting companies will offers paid technical support in the range of $30 to $200 per hour.
- Budget. Managed VPS hosting will be more costly compared to unmanaged vps, due to the higher levels of technical involvement of your web hosting provider.When deciding whether to take on this added expense, it helps to calculate how much alternative options, such as hiring additional IT staff, would cost. You may find managed hosting to be more cost effective than you building your hiring additional IT staff.A managed windows vps will cost you $10 to $200 per month additional compared to unmanaged windows vps.
- Technical capabilities. Does your IT staff possess a thorough understanding of the Windows operating system? Will their technical abilities and knowledge help them manage the VPS in a way that provides consistent uptime, server stability and reliability? If you can’t answer these questions in the affirmative, a managed server, new IT staff, or a combination of both may be the best solution for your business.
What are the Main Differences between Managed and Unmanaged Hosting?
When looking for a Windows VPS hosting package, ecommerce business owners have dilemma between a managed and unmanaged vps account.
With an unmanaged account, the web hosting provider will only set up the server for the client, and the client receives full control over the system. All other steps like security hardening, apps installation, etc. are on customer.
With managed option, VPS service provider will offer a full range of services to the client. The web hosting provider will perform all installations, setups, and maintenance, and will also offer ongoing support in case of operational issues with the vps server.
As evidenced, by the varying levels of service between managed and unmanaged VPS hosting, many differences exist between the two types. Some of the considerable differences are:
- Cost. Unmanaged hosting is available at lower costs, as no technical support, no day-to-day maintenance and no monitoring is offered. Managed hosting presents higher costs due to the higher level of services, from day-to-day administration to customer support are offered by your hosting company.
- Scalability. With Managed support option, your hosting provider will monitor your vps on day to day basis. With day-to-day monitoring, they can easily advise you for scaling up / down your vps resources.With unmanaged vps, the customer will be sole responsible to monitor his vps resources and decide on scaling it.
- Convenience. Depending on your company’s level of expertise for troubleshooting technical matters, either managed or unmanaged hosting might work better for you.For instance, if you have qualified in-house staff that can perform installations, maintenance, and support functions, then trying to offshore your needs to an outside entity (your hosting provider) may be less efficient than handling it yourself.On the other hand, if your business lacks these capabilities, managed web hosting may be a worthwhile investment.
- Customization. Most of the hosting companies have conditions for offering a managed services. For example, with some of them, buying control panel is mandatory for managed vps services. That means, some of unnecessary software are forced with managed vps option.On the contrary, all the unmanaged servers can be tailored to meet your company’s unique needs, rather than offering a “one size fits all” option. As a client, you can choose between standard and non-standard applications depending on your preferences and desired functionality.You may also utilize programs or software which cannot be offered as a part of a managed hosting service.
- Autonomy. With regards to memory, bandwidth, usage, storage space, and software installation, you (the client) receive complete control. This can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on the knowledge and capabilities of your IT staff.
- Access. If you or your IT personnel need to have unlimited access, an unmanaged server may be the right choice for you. On the other hand, managed plans offer varying levels of access, and one of these may offer the right balance between access and support.
- Performance. For businesses that require higher bandwidths, unmanaged VPS servers may be cost effective and better suit your needs.
- Support. When you select an unmanaged VPS account, you opt out of receiving help from your provider in case of problems with software, resources, configuration, or performance, although your web host will provide assistance for hardware or network issues.With capable in-house staffing, however, you benefit from instant access to support rather than waiting for remote assistance from your provider.
Although unmanaged vps accounts may offer lower prices, managed accounts may be worth the additional expense.
Unmanaged VPS Hosting
Unmanaged VPS hosting simply means that your host will only maintain availability of hardware resource. Except OS Installation & re-installation, with preloaded set of software, you won’t receive any other support from your hosting provider. Technical support is limited to some special cases such as hardware failure or service outages. However, some host also provides unmanaged VPS services with limited support options providing assistance in initial setup and normal troubleshooting issues.
When you opt for Unmanaged VPS hosting, it is assumed that VPS user is technical enough to take care of routine tasks such as maintaining VPS stability, data backup, upgrade and installation. You will also be responsible for managing your website hosting, website database backups/restores, setting up email accounts, managing ftp services and so many other similar tasks.
So, when you’re stuck with a technical problem and you will need help from your hosting company, what will happen? In most of the cases, hosting company will charge per hour technical support fees for problem solutions. Generally, these hourly rates are very expensive compared to monthly managed service charge. In such cases, probably you may lose the savings you made on buying an unmanaged VPS service.
List of the tasks you need to perform yourself under the UNMANAGED VPS HOSTING
- Third party software installations and configuration.
- VPS Firewall configuration.
- Installation of necessary software to create ready to go environment.
- Regular Backup and maintenance.
- Script troubleshooting.
- Email, database and website issues.
- Performance tunings and troubleshooting of various services.
- Advanced IIS/Apache configurations.
- Installation of OS updates and software upgrades.
- Security hardening of server.
- Monitoring of services and set alert mechanism.
- Migration of web contents, databases and emails.
Regardless of these disadvantages, Unmanaged VPS hosting is still attractive as 70 percent of VPS sold out are unmanaged. Following are some striking features that goes in favor of Unmanaged VPS hosting:
- Unmanaged VPS hosting is ideal for those who are limited budget personnels or running medium sized business. Since you won’t pay for technical support, you will certainly save some amount.
- Unmanaged VPS hosting is cost effective solutions for those who have in-house server technician team available to take care of server administration tasks.
- If you were a shared hosting customer and restricted to some software or scripts, you are free to run such softwares and scripts.
- If you have necessary technical skills to manage the VPS at your own, you can definitely opt for Unmanaged VPS hosting.
Managed VPS Hosting
When you sign up for Managed VPS services, your hosting company is responsible for VPS configuration, maintenance of vps, and software updates. Managed VPS services gives you that peace of mind and allows you to concentrate on your actual business without having to worry about your VPS performance. Choosing Managed VPS services is always ideal approach when you have little or no experience in running server.
The term “managed” is little tricky as it varies from hosts to hosts. Every host has its own definition when we refer managed VPS hosting. Hence, it is advisable that before you engage in signup contract, you must contact potential VPS service providers to check support options comes with Managed VPS services. At the same time, determine those specific tasks that your managed VPS provider wont perform for you. In general, your host will carry out following task for you:
- Ensure highest availability.
- Take appropriate security measurement against vulnerability.
- Monitoring alerts for low disk space, High CPU and RAM usage, and potential security risks.
- Regular OS updates, server patches, security updates.
- Provide Technical support on 24/7/365 basis.
- Regular Backup and maintenance.
- Installing necessary softwares and SSL certificates.
Generally, Managed VPS hosting is far more expensive than unmanaged hosting as technical support and assistance charge is pre-included in plan. However, it can be beneficial and valuable when you possess very little knowledge of managing servers. Sometimes, you will feel blessed when you run into problems at midnight and seeking technical assistance desperately. You will soon realize that your extra dollars are well spent when you can sleep well at night, knowing that your VPS are safe and secure.
How Virtual Private Servers are Beneficial to Businesses
If you haven’t yet incorporated a virtual private server (VPS) into your web hosting strategy, you may be curious as to what constitutes a VPS, how it works, and how it can help your company. A VPS is a system that uses a host operating system to simulate the functionality of computer hardware by allowing an outside OS to run on it.
This means one tangible server can host more than one virtual server in one place. However, each individual server remains isolated, or “private” and has its own distinct hardware resources, including disk space, RAM, CPU, and network throughput. One way to understand VPS hosting is to compare them to.
With co-location, you would “rent” rackspace from the hosting company for your own server. Conversely, with a VPS plan, you rent the entire server. With VPS hosting, companies can gain numerous benefits, including:
- Root access. VPS allows installation and configuration of the programs of your choice.
- Unlimited URLs. Thanks to Apache’s virtual hosts, VPS users can host as many websites as they wish.
- Other services. Host FTP servers, mail servers, and any other desired services.
- Backup. VPS servers provide file storage and backup.
When it comes to Windows VPS hosting, companies should invest in the type of service that best meets their needs on multiple levels. By taking into consideration their unique circumstances, as well as the pros and cons of managed versus unmanaged virtual private servers, businesses can select the hosting option that improves their performance while providing the characteristics that most improve their ROI. Contact us today at AccuWebHosting to learn more about managed vs. unmanaged VPS hosting and what both options can provide for your business.
Rahul is CEO at AccuWebHosting.com
. He shares his web hosting insights at AccuWebHosting blog. He mostly writes on the latest web hosting trends, WordPress, storage technologies, Windows and Linux hosting platforms.
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