WHAT IS A VPS?
A VPS is simply an acronym which stands for “Virtual Private Server”. Let’s further break the expression into two. The first is Virtual, while the other is — Private Server. Virtual actually refers to something that isn’t physically seen to the sense of touch but its impact can be felt. On the other hand, a private server is simple a server that privatizes its services for a single user. Combining these two terms together, we can say that a VPS is a server that uses virtualization technology where multiple users have both dedicated guaranteed resources and full control without any user obstructing the services of others. Interestingly, you don’t have to run your own server. This VPS hosting is known to be one of, if not, the most popular hosting services out there. Before we get down to business which is — mentioning the benefits of a managed VPS — let’s analyze the factors or reasons why we have a need for servers in the first place.
In recent times, the world has seen a huge surge in technological innovations that are of great benefits. Of course, there are those with their harms also but this is a discussion for another day. Examples of the recent arrivals in the tech world are but not limited to the following: Artificial Intelligence — Machine learning, Computer Vision, Data Science etc., Virtual and Augmented Reality, Robotics and Block chain. All of these have something in common which is Data. This doesn’t mean in any way, shape or form that other startups or companies that do not work with the following services do not use Data or value the importance of Data. That’s far from it. Moving forward, whenever the word “Data” is mentioned, there are three things that must be expected from organizations. They are:
Preservation here actually refers to databases. These are simply the arena where data are kept in order for it to be recalled when needed. Privacy refers to the process where customers’ details such as email address, phone number, passwords, etc aren’t revealed or exposed to third party companies. This is a more reason why the best practice involved when collecting user information is to adopt encryption. Encryption entails using a system called SHA — Secure Hash Algorithm. To properly understand these buzz words, simply search online for more details. Finally, as regards security, companies need to protect their customers’ data from being hacked by expert hackers.
Before we head into the topic of our discussion which is benefits of a managed VPS, we need to identify the benefits of VPS in general.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A VPS HOSTING?
There are so many benefits of a VPS hosting of which are the following:
• Increase Reliability
From the most important thing that a business mustn’t compromise is to preserve its trust with its customers. What does it mean? At all times, a business should ensure that all forms of risk are removed for the benefit of its customers. A reasonable company at this era of innovative thinking shouldn’t be using a shared hosting. To absorb this better, we need to understand what a shared hosting means. Basically, it’s simply a hosting service whereby several users utilize the same server. The big negative side of this is that the action of any of the user can tamper and jeopardize your website whereby the entire server comes crashing down. Are you willing to put yourself, your business services and operations on the line? The answer is certainly obvious. The VPS hosting is setup in such a way that the servers are isolated from each other and at the same time, these servers are hosted on each node. The presence of stability and increase in reliability provided by a VPS means that there will be faster performance. This is mostly useful in the way and manner by which Google ranks websites in search results. You can rest assured that with the help of VPS, your website will load in 5 seconds or less.
• Instant resources scalability
There’s no dearer feeling than having a pack of pizza all for yourself, right? The feeling of a private property comes to mind. No one dictates to you on how to or how not to cut it. What’s the correlation bewteen eating a pizza and a VPS? Simple, a VPS gives you a personalized feeling whereby you have the liberty to effectively change the allocated resources in the server. Examples of such resources are Disk space, RAM, CPU and bandwidth. For those who have experienced a downtime will definitely understand the point being mentioned here. With an increase in the website visitors, you are able to add more ram to your container — the environment where the VPS is hosted. This occurs without experiencing any downtime, loss of traffic or other technical issues. You can rest assured of an optimal uptime at all times.
• Possession of Root access
Putting your website on a VPS hosting gives you a full and total access to the server. What this translates to is simply the unreserved control of the entire server environment such as your server configuration. In simple terms, it means that you have the power to tweak the environment to meet your needs. In a case whereby you need a custom software package installed, you can do that via your control panel without having your hosting provider’s exclusive permission. This is a huge difference between VPS and shared hosting. Some apps may be resource heavy or may even cause havoc with several other applications, that’s why shared hosting restricts the kinds of software that a user can use. Of course, this is not the case in respect to VPS.
• Operating system freedom
This means that a customer, who uses a VPS hosting, is at liberty to choose the operating system that meets his business needs. On the other hand, shared hosting users have no choice than to use a single operating system.
• Improved site security
The level of security is on a higher scale in comparison to a shared hosting plan. This — to a large extent — gives site owners the leverage to focus more on their business operations rather than being diverted and distracted by technical matters. The hosting provider ensures that required security configurations and maintenance are working properly. Threats such as DDoS attacks, hacking and malware are treated immediately before any damage is recorded.
• Saves Cost
With the rise of various virtualization system technologies, the prices of VPS are not as expensive as before. This is as a result of competition. Thus, it makes it a great option for even prospective website owners to start with. Some VPS hosting platforms are at par with shared hosting providers vis-à-vis cost. This makes it an awesome package without all the risks and performance issues that comes with a shared hosting.
• Cloud Backups
There should always be backup plans when treating data — in particular — and server — in general. VPS hosting providers — in case of disasters — have a disaster recovery plan wherein the entirety of the VPS server has been safely backed up in the cloud prior to the occurrence and recovery is made possible. The backup is done in such a way that it is made to be automated and scheduled without obstructing your business needs.
• Competent and Comprehensive support
There are no other push backs for a customer when he urgently requires something from a service provider and thus gets neither help nor support from them. This experience can be frustrating at times if not most times. With a VPS hosting, technical experts are readily available to attend to you in cases where there’s an issue with the server or other technical areas.
We’ve been able to highlight major benefits of a VPS hosting although there are more than the above. Moving forward, the title of the article is about a managed VPS. This means invariably that there is an unmanaged VPS. Let’s look at the two and see why a managed VPS has the upper hand.
MANAGED VPS AND UNMANAGED VPS
A Managed VPS is when the responsibility of the sever management has been transferred to the hosting provider. On the other hand, unmanaged VPS is a situation when you manage your server all by yourself. The definition is quite clear and obvious. One major pitfall of an unmanaged VPS is that if you don’t configure your server very well, your website could be exposed to security risks and threats coupled with performance loss. Managed VPS seems to be a good alternative solution to the unmanaged type. So what are the benefits of a managed VPS?
BENEFITS OF A MANAGED VPS
• Fully managed hosting environment
• Server uptime handling and monitoring
• Cloud hosting
• Caching and backups
- 24/7 full dedicated technical support for all managed VPS customers.
We’ve been able to go over VPS hosting services, its benefits and why no one should still be using shared hosting plans. Of course, this is for those who are willing to invest in their business operations now rather than lament and cry over spilt milk when the eventuality occurs.