Monday, 21 April 2014

Managed & Unmanaged VPS Hosting

A Virtual Private Server (VPS) has become very popular among end-users and resellers. It is not only attracting small group of organizations but also large groups.  It offers the features & benefits of a dedicated server at affordable cost. A VPS is more independent than shared hosting service. It acts like a bridge between a shared hosting service & dedicated server. In this hosting, you have full root access; you can install any software or operating system according your website needs. VPS is classified into two types: Managed VPS & Unmanaged VPS.

Managed & Unmanaged VPS

Unmanaged VPS Hosting 

You need a lot of technical knowledge with applications & software to use unmanaged VPS. Hosting provider only takes care of hardware, networking and security & user is responsible for maintenance, installation of applications, website security & software. To do these stuffs, you should have high technical knowledge.
Features of unmanaged VPS hosting are:
  • Total self-management of VPS & you have remote access to your server.
  • High service performance.
  • High flexibility to implement upgrades to boost business growth.
  • Sufficient resource allocation for scalability. You can change size of disk according your needs.
  • Full root access with total data security. You have full administrative access, & anyone can’t access your information or data.

Managed VPS Hosting

This hosting option is most suitable for non-technical savvy people as well as technical savvy people. Web host used to take care of all the maintenance work, configuration & system updates that your website need.
Features of managed VPS are:
  • About zero downtime using fault tolerant mechanism & infrastructure.
  • Performance of managed VPS is very fast.
  • Monitoring system to keep you update about machine parameters & security risks.
  • Backup process is very simple.
  • 24*7*365 technical support from the hosting company.
  • In this hosting service, you can change your resources like RAM, CPU, and Disk Space easily according to your needs without downtime.
With these features, it has some drawbacks:
  •  Cost is high.
  • Customer has less control in this hosting.
With managed VPS, you don’t need to think about server; everything is looked after by hosting service provider. If you want no disturbance with VPS hosting, then you should choose a managed VPS hosting option.

Managed VPS V/S Unmanaged VPS

Cost: Cost of unmanaged VPS is less than managed VPS. So that small sized & medium sized businesses using unmanaged VPS hosting to save money.

Technical Knowledge: In managed VPS server no technical knowledge is required for running a server. Hosting company takes responsibility for all issues related to server such as the maintenance, server security & system updates. But in unmanaged VPS server, you should have good technical skills to handle your server. This is for the people who are able to manage the server technically.

Time: Larger companies are adopting managed VPS server to save a lot of time. It only takes some time to configure & install the services. But unmanaged VPS takes more hours to install & configure the services.

Privacy: Server security is very important thing for any website or business. In managed server you will get better security by hosting provider than unmanaged server.


VPS hosting is better than shared hosting & provides features like dedicated server. Before choosing any type of VPS hosting you should make sure about some factors like budget of your company, applications required for your website & your technical skills.  

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