Think of it like buying a pre-built computer versus building your own computer. When you buy a pre-built computer, it comes with everything already decided for you. You bring it home, plug it in, and turn it on and all the software has already been installed. On the other hand, when you build your own system you get to choose each piece of hardware, put it together, select your operating system, and install your own software. Building your own system takes more work, and you cannot simply turn it on and begin using it. But, in exchange for this additional effort, you get self-determination and control over your hardware and software. You can choose your favorite operating system and the apps you want to install, no longer beholden to the manufacturer’s one-size-fits-all selections. Similarly, with a Self-Managed VPS, you have to do some initial set-up and later management. Yet, you get to choose the software configuration you want to perfectly suit your operating specifications.
Due to the volume of transfer requests, you can expect a full transfer to be completed anywhere from 10-14 days, experiencing little to no downtime during the migration. If you are looking for an expedited move (for example, your site has been down for days and you need to get it moved quickly), you can purchase Managed Hosting for $40 per hour and they will help take care of the transfer process for you in a 1-2 day window. Launch Assist (2 hours with our Managed Hosting team) comes included free as a part of all 12 month VPS-2000HA-S plans and for all term lengths for VPS-3000HA-S plans.

The most common type of VPS is a web host. Many web hosting companies offer VPS hosting solutions as an alternative to shared hosting and dedicated hosting. A VPS sits in between the two options, usually in both performance and price. Like a shared host, a VPS may share the resources of a physical machine with other hosting accounts. However, a VPS is custom-configureable like a dedicated hosting solution it is isolated ("private") from other accounts.
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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?
Managed VPS hosting is the ideal solution for both non-technical but also technically savvy people since the hosting provider takes care of any technical tasks related to the server. In other words the web hosting provider is responsible for managing the server including system upgrades and configuration and your job is to do what you are supposed to do i.e. run your website or online business.
VPS hosting contains the best elements of shared hosting and dedicated hosting services. Like shared hosting, VPS hosting puts your website on a server that also has other sites running on it, except that there are fewer sites per server. The sites share the cost of running on the server, which results in a monthly or yearly charge that's less than the relatively high price tag of dedicated hosting.
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A VPS hosting provider relies on virtualization software, called a hypervisor, to abstract resources on a physical server and provide customers with access to an emulated server, called a virtual machine (VM). Each virtual machine runs a complete operating system, and has restricted access to a portion of the physical server's compute, memory and storage resources. Customers have access to the VM's OS, but not to the physical server.
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.
Because Cloud VPS is an unmanaged VPS, it requires your own maintenance and setup. We highly suggest this product to those already comfortable with Linux and the command line. Not sure if this is what you need or worried about missing a control panel? Start a conversation with one of our Linux hosting experts and they'll point you in the right direction.
There is a good chance that your company or the clients you are hosting will want to create their own custom nameservers for their properties, opting to use ns.yourdomainhere.com over a host-specific nameserver. Updating nameservers for domains is very simple within our Account Management Panel (AMP). If your domain is currently with another host/registrar, you also have the option of pointing the nameservers to ns1.inmotionhosting.com without transferring the domain to InMotion Hosting. Creating custom nameservers requires root access, which is available by request for all VPS Hosting plans.
You can host a basic web application, such as a blog or simple website in a VPC, and gain the additional layers of privacy and security afforded by Amazon VPC. You can help secure the website by creating security group rules which allow the webserver to respond to inbound HTTP and SSL requests from the Internet while simultaneously prohibiting the webserver from initiating outbound connections to the Internet. You can create a VPC that supports this use case by selecting "VPC with a Single Public Subnet Only" from the Amazon VPC console wizard.
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