To break things down a bit, cloud VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting is when a web hosting provider takes one massive server and partitions it up so that it can have several servers on it, each of which can run its own operating system and can be re-booted independently. Sounds simple enough. So what is the difference between managed VPS and unmanaged VPS?
Managed VPS Hosting
Managed VPS hosting obviously varies from one hosting provider to another, but if you do not possess a vast amount of technical knowledge and ability, this “hands off” approach is definitely your most feasible option. If you have little to no experience running or maintaining a server, managed cloud VPS hosting can be very beneficial to you because the web host typically takes care of the software and system updates that you request, and in some cases, even does them automatically for you as they are needed.
Unmanaged VPS Hosting
With unmanaged cloud VPS hosting, the hosting provider is only responsible for the physical server and the availability of the server. This means that with the exception of the initial OS installation, the user is responsible for the maintenance, upgrades, installation of software, etc. If you choose unmanaged cloud VPS hosting, you should be familiar with the operating system and server software you choose to use.
When deciding which hosting option is right for your business, ask yourself these questions: What kind of applications do you plan to install? Do you have the technical knowledge of server administration? Can your business afford to pay for managed hosting so that you can focus your efforts on core business strategies?
At Atlantic.Net, we offer both managed hosting and unmanaged hosting options available to businesses of any size. Atlantic.Net Cloud VPS is a far superior alternative to the VPS Hosting servers, providing full control of your server software backed by dedicated and premium hardware resources. Our mission is to address your IT infrastructure needs so that you can focus on growing your business. Call 800.521.5881 today to speak with an advisor regarding the hosting services, including dedicated and HIPAA compliant hosting, that are right for you!