A Virtual Private Server (VPS) is a server that relies on virtualization software. Unlike other types of hosting, a VPS uses multiple virtualized operating systems that act as a single dedicated server to run under one physical location. Many developers use it as it enables them to have their own operating system (OS) and prevent other websites or servers from accessing their sensitive files. A VPS is ideal and recommended for active websites or web applications that receive enormous traffic per day of about 35 million hits. As this protects sensitive data, you must choose the right VPS for your needs. With that said, here are two of the most basic types of VPS hosting in the market: Fully-Managed VPS Hosting and Self-Managed VPS Hosting.
Fully-Managed VPS Hosting
The provider manages the server in a fully managed VPS, so the user does not have to worry about the technical details behind running an internet server. The most common reason business owners or individuals may opt for a fully managed VPS is because they lack the knowledge and experience to run their own server. If neither you nor anyone on your team has the necessary technical skills to run a server for your organization, consider fully managed VPSs.
Pros of Fully-Managed VPS Hosting
- Provides instant server maintenance
- The service manages system monitoring and updates
- Ensures that your server is protected and secured
- Gives you access to 24/7 tech assistance
Cons of Fully-Managed VPS Hosting
- Relatively expensive as the hosting provider does the job for you
- Non-techy business owners and individuals have much less customization and control over the server
- Requesting hardware or software installation through your host provider may take time
Self-Managed VPS Hosting
These are servers in which the host provides no maintenance or management, and the VPSs are managed entirely by the users. The only thing the hosting provider is responsible for is the availability of a functional physical server. Some users prefer the higher levels of freedom offered by self-managed VPSs and choose them over fully managed servers. Users with technological savvy and experience should seriously consider self-managed VPSs.
- Provides ultimate customization and control
- Relatively cheaper as the user manages the work
- Users can manage and customize the security level of their serves
- Users can update, install or change the particular format in their serves anytime
- Requires extensive knowledge and skill about the system
- The quality of the server performance depends on the expertise of the user
- System updates may intimidate users
These were some of the major pros and cons of the two major VPS hosting types and they hopefully will help in deciding what is better. Sometimes, people still overlook these facilities and opt for the more complicated ones, but these options are always there. It all depends on some particular requirements as to what meets business needs in full without breaking the pocketbook.