Every year more and more businesses are launching their websites to be closer to their customers. It’s not a surprise since the speed of our lives is getting faster. The COVID-19 gave this trend a boost, as during lockdown the demand for goods and online services grew, and even companies with an established online presence started to seek ways for growing their capacities.

That’s why medium and growing companies are looking for a flexible solution to sustain their website needs. In this article, we will tell how Managed VPS services can contribute to these goals and become great investments in the growth of your business.

What is Virtual Private Server?

Virtual Private Server, more commonly known as VPS, is a type of hosting where the resources of a physical machine are divided to create several independent virtual instances via the help of a hypervisor. Every virtual machine has its own OS, reserved resources, and fully isolated environment performing the functions of a dedicated server.

Among the main VPS advantages is the cost. For sure it’s a bit higher than Shared hosting, however, at the same time, it offers significantly more resources and it’s much cheaper than a dedicated server. Also, when you buy a VPS server you can install any custom software that may require root access, offering you more flexibility if you need to upgrade the resources since no physical migration takes place and it’s possible to easily grow your server capacity. While there are some restrictions in the acceptable use policy on Shared hosting, e.g you cannot use it for streaming, database management, running your own email server, or hosting adult content, VPS servers lift these restrictions. When it comes to Security, it’s all within your hands and you can decide on the best Antimalware licenses and configure firewalls as you like.

What is Managed VPS Hosting?

The main difference between the Unmanaged and Managed VPS hosting solutions is that the second one allows you to delegate all the activities related to server monitoring, core services support, and everything related to the technical server maintenance to your Hosting provider. Usually, it includes a Control panel so that you have a graphic interface that simplifies the interactions with your hosting account. It’s common to see Managed VPS Hosting with cPanel ( as it the most widely used control panel), however, the managed Windows VPS with Plesk or other alternatives are also quite popular. 

Use case scenarios when you should look for the server management:

  • You do not have enough technical expertise to maintain a server.
  • There is no internal system administration among your personnel.
  • You want to save time on the server setup.
  • You require proactive alerts and incident fixes if any.
  • You with that your inquiries are handled with the highest priority.

When it comes to the pricing, some providers sell Managed VPS as a separate product while others offer several tiers of management services, thus sometimes you can see Managed VPS and fully managed VPS options where the latter includes support with advanced issues like modifying your config files, investigating the compatibility issues in custom software or perform server diagnostics. In addition, Managed services come with separate offsite backup storage, monitoring, and additional software licenses. 

If you are not ready to commit to ongoing service fees, providers like Namecheap offer the option of emergency assistance, where it’s provided per request purpose and you pay only when you use this service.

Reasons to choose VPS vs Shared Hosting 

Shared hosting is designed for small business needs and possessing less server capacity. From one standpoint, it’s a great solution for people who are getting acquainted with hosting and create their first websites. While you do not need to worry about anything else apart from your account since the server infrastructure includes malware protection, control panel, and other licenses, there are certain drawbacks.

If you grow your website audience, or conduct marketing activities that increase traffic and account resource consumption. Also, you are highly dependent on your virtual neighbors. If some of the accounts that are hosted on the same server were spotted in illegal activities like spam or malicious content, or abuse of shared resources your website can go down, outgoing email IPs can get blacklisted and the overall reputation of your website can be spoiled.

Running a VPS presupposes more responsibility since you need to take care not only of your account but also about the server configuration including the firewall and antimalware licenses, load balancing, meaning that you can have control over everything related to the server and customize it as you like.

Among the benefits of VPS over shared hosting apart from this flexibility are your choice of control panel if you need one, the possibility to host websites with high traffic and complex architecture, and full independence from users who run virtual machines on the same hardware.

Conclusion

Managed VPS solutions make life easier both for Hosting providers and end-users. Maintaining the server is also simplified as people who support the server are aware of its setup and core services running on it. Customers can also feel this relief as they do not need to search for external server specialists every time they face an issue saving their time, and costs for internal IT personnel. If you feel that the Shared hosting is becoming smaller for you, or you plan business growth and want to ensure that you have some space to grow, a VPS is the next logical step in the business development. If you have been hosted on Shared hosting before, a Managed VPS service will be a great choice. It allows you to take care of your account, website development, and take care of other strategic directions.  Meanwhile, the hosting specialists will take care of the technical part ensuring that your server is running properly.