I have some sites hosted on a shared-hosting/cpanel environment and need to make a move up. I have some experience running my own server, but it is very basic (a local box to do live testing/file serv). My question is how difficult is it to run a VPS, should I buy a managed VPS (with stuff already installed), or unmanaged (blank box), and lastly if I go for unmanaged what steps should I take to keep my VPS secure? Edit: Also how difficult is it to backup files and databases? Can it be automated?
Our 24/7/365 Guru Crew Support team often is asked "What happens if I outgrow my A2 Hosting Shared Web Hosting account?". Their concern stems from possibly having to leave a hosting provider they have grown to appreciate only to have find another provider that could very well offer sub par service. This question is asked by new customers and customers who have been hosting with us for years alike.
Take simple steps to keep your Azure environment secure and well managed. Secure your virtual machines, apps, and workloads with Azure Security Center. Protect your data against ransomware and human errors with Azure Backup. Monitor your cloud health and performance with Azure monitoring services, such as Azure Log Analytics and Azure Application Insights. Ensure you have governance and that you are compliant with external and internal regulations with Azure Policy.
Technical knowledge: No technical knowledge is required for running a managed server. When you need to do something technical all you have to do is contact support and let the skilled technical support operators handle the rest. With an unmanaged server you need to have server administration skills and love working in the command line otherwise it will be very difficult to administer your server efficiently.

Ever wanted more CPU and processing power without the cost of buying another server? InMotion Hosting is unique in how we handle CPU Cores for our Virtual Private Servers. Just like Burstable RAM, we give you flexible resource limits with CPU Cores. Whether you only need a single core for a simple script, or multiple cores for a heavy traffic custom application, our VPS platform automatically adapts to your processing needs. This ensures that no matter what your task is, it's done quickly and efficiently.


Storage VPS is a type of VPS hosting with an OpenVZ virtualization, container-based virtual servers with a large amount of disk space. This VPS hosting is designed especially for backups and for keeping a large number of files. Also, the Storage Server is designed for archiving non-critical data. Therefore additional backups are not offered. On Storage servers, Hostens offers to install within few clicks these two control panels:

Ubuntu is one of the top OS picks for web servers on the planet. The open-source nature of Ubuntu lends itself to be a perfect tool for users that want a flexible and stable environment. This OS is ideal for any online project that demands high security and a customizable stack. Being the 3rd most common OS Ubuntu naturally boasts about a massive community. You can be sure, that whatever issues you may run into, there will be no shortage of help online!
When you read about VPS hosting, some questions naturally arise. Let's say, if there are multiple users on the same dedicated server, running virtual private servers, will they be able to access my data? That’s a valid question to raise, but in this case, we can happily inform you that you’re safe. All VPS hosting services are safely partitioned by specific software, which guarantees top-notch protection.
You're an experienced developer who wants full control over your environment. We're giving it to you! You get root access so you're able to access and edit all of your server's files! You get to choose your Linux OS and can even re-load your server with a new operating system on demand! You also get boot, shutdown and reboot control. Now we're talking about serious hosting!
A leading contributor to several large projects, an excellent open-source OS that provides a phenomenal experience right off the bat. Rolling releases will keep you on the cutting edge. Stable, performance oriented and backed up by a large community. Open Suse is great for projects due to the ability to make snapshots easily. Pair Open Suse and Hostinger VPS hosting to get the perfect platform.
In a Managed VPS product, InMotion Hosting remains responsible for configuring and managing the VPS for the customer. That means we do the initial set-up, perform upgrades, and if something fails to operate correctly on our end, we fix it right away with minimal downtime to your site. You have access to your server through cPanel to do whatever you want with your site. We make sure the VPS gets regular updates, remains secure, and ensure that our resources run according to specifications. The rest is up to you.
A VPS runs its own copy of an operating system (OS), and customers may have superuser-level access to that operating system instance, so they can install almost any software that runs on that OS. For many purposes they are functionally equivalent to a dedicated physical server, and being software-defined, are able to be much more easily created and configured. They are priced much lower than an equivalent physical server. However, as they share the underlying physical hardware with other VPSes, performance may be lower, depending on the workload of any other executing virtual machines.[1]
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