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It’s easy to deploy Microsoft enterprise applications on virtual machines. From Microsoft SharePoint and Dynamics, to SQL Server, Machine Learning Server, and System Center—you get great stability, performance, and guidance when running on Azure. Our world-class support team has you covered, and our flexible technical support plans cover everything from Microsoft applications to cloud infrastructure.

If you host it in a VPS environment, your site won't share resources with neighboring sites, the way it would with shared hosting. In fact, your site lives in a partitioned server area that has its own operating system, storage, RAM, and monthly data transfer limits, so you can expect smoother, more stable site performance. The sites with which you share your server are far less likely to affect your site—or even take it down altogether—than they would be on a shared site. Knowing how VPS setups operate is just the first step, however. You still need to familiarize yourself with the essential features needed for building a rock-solid, VPS-hosted website.
Yes, by default all of our servers come managed! Our servers are configured with a Fully Managed image using your choice of cPanel/WHM or Plesk control panel. Management level is determined by which server image is being used. If desired, you can customize your desired level of management level. View full details of our management tiers here. We’re confident we’ve got you covered!
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?
The fun part starts when you try to secure your server. I configured CSF (ConfigServer Security & Firewall) and cPHulk Brute Force Protection to make sure the server is secure. As i am responsible for the security of my own server, i am always having to spend valuable time to stop any attack or hacks. I usually get notifications of hackers trying to get in but the server hardening work has made it impossible to hack. The only thing is, now, i wouldn't mind paying the extra to get a managed server so i can use the time elsewhere.
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Alrighty than, wait to see if they'll be adding support for smartnofes. In case they don't have plans to include SMART soon, than since you're good with computers I suggest you rent a managed VPS and just dive in it. Once you get the hang of it, it's not hard. But if you will use it only for your smartnofe, than turn off any other service to minimize the attack surface (like apache, mail and other servers you won't need).

Which VPS hosting plan to choose between a managed VPS and unmanaged VPS? Generally speaking, unmanaged VPS hosting is less expensive than managed VPS hosting when you compare plans that have the same allocated resources. One of the main reason is that your hosting provider offers less support on unmanaged VPS, thus they charge less for the service. If you are well-versed in VPS hosting and you have a lot of time planed for the VPS server, you can go for a unmanaged VPS. Otherwise, you should get a managed VPS. Some of the tech issues you may need to know if you choose unmanaged VPS include but not limited to: VPS security, software update and patching, LAMP server configuration (linux, apache, mysq, php), DNS configuration, control panel setup, SSL certificates creation, website setup, server backup, etc.
If you already have a number of clients hosted with various other cPanel-based hosts, our VPS Hosting plans all come with Launch Assist, 2 free hours of time with our System Administrators that can be used for migrating your sites. cPanel also has a powerful interface for transferring multiple accounts, providing you have root and SSH access to your current server. This transfer tool, which has step-by-step walkthrough and documentation on the cPanel site, was created to help designers, developers and agencies to quickly and easily move a number of accounts from one server to another.
Which VPS hosting plan to choose between a managed VPS and unmanaged VPS? Generally speaking, unmanaged VPS hosting is less expensive than managed VPS hosting when you compare plans that have the same allocated resources. One of the main reason is that your hosting provider offers less support on unmanaged VPS, thus they charge less for the service. If you are well-versed in VPS hosting and you have a lot of time planed for the VPS server, you can go for a unmanaged VPS. Otherwise, you should get a managed VPS. Some of the tech issues you may need to know if you choose unmanaged VPS include but not limited to: VPS security, software update and patching, LAMP server configuration (linux, apache, mysq, php), DNS configuration, control panel setup, SSL certificates creation, website setup, server backup, etc.
KVM virtualization gives customers more possibilities of management and server configuration. As it is a kernel based VPS hosting, kernels can be upgraded and modified by installing kernel modules. KVM has its own virtualized hardware, and the virtual server acts as a physical server. There is a possibility to set up a container-based system, such a Docker or Kubernetes to create OS level based containers on the KVM server.
Our unmanaged KVM SSD VPS plans offer high performance and reliability. When you need a speedy server and you're looking to manage it yourself, there's no better solution than an unmanaged KVM VPS from tmzVPS. We combine blazing fast hardware with KVM virtualization, giving you full isolation from your neighbors and complete flexibility to run any OS, kernel, and software you want.
Many Web hosting companies use virtual servers for their clients, as they can offer a viable and a cost-efficient service, through it. As Virtual Servers doesn’t use the entire resources on its host computer, they can be dedicated for individual client server applications. Since, the web hosting company hosts small virtual servers on a single physical server, the cost of web hosting can be achieved at lower costs. Moreover, there will be no change in the working and services offered by the websites, which are hosted on virtual servers. As they get the same effect of being hosted on dedicated servers.
The two environments have plenty of overlapping qualities, but most importantly Dedicated Server render greater security, customization and excellent availability. With granular control, you are free to customize hardware components like disk space or RAM and installation of unique operating systems. More substantial computing power (CPUs) and disk space allow Dedicated servers enhanced performance for high amounts of traffic. When uptime and performance are critical to your business Dedicated Servers are second to none for hosting.
Moving a website requires special attention, skilled experts and dedicated time, but the Migrations team can transfer your data on your timeline and with minimal downtime.  Whether you are looking to have more room for customization or if you just have outgrown your current hosting environment,  our Migrations team is here to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Change is a good thing. Unfortunately, when you are making big changes to your site or application, there is always room for error. Live-state snapshots takes the idea of a "backup" and takes it forward to its next logical step. Taking a snapshot of your partition not only creates a backup of your files, but also all of the processes running in the background at that instant in time. This way, if you make an error or break something while making updates, you can revert your partition to that exact snapshot, providing a working, fail-safe rollback.
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OpenVZ virtualization is an OS level container-based virtualization, and it has resources that are divided between users on a physical server. Each container acts like a stand-alone virtual server and can be accessed with a root (SSH) connection. As a separate server container can be rebooted separately, it also has a dedicated IP address, shared RAM, individual processes, files, applications, system libraries and configuration files. On OpenVZ, the kernel cannot be modified. It has its stable version and modules cannot be added. The good thing regarding this virtualization is a faster performance, and a lower need of resources.
Unlike managed VPS plans, unmanaged VPS plans are not actively managed by A2 Hosting. Unmanaged VPS plans are for more advanced users who are comfortable using the command-line interface and doing system administration tasks. These plans include root account access so you can customize the server as much as necessary. As a result, you are responsible for the following items:

Our cloud provisioning system is able to rapidly deploy new servers after orders have been verified. The setup time for a VPS server actually varies depending on if you are using a Linux or Windows operating system. On Linux based servers you should see the VPS online within 15-30 minutes. For a Windows based server you will see the VPS online within 1-2 hours.
Smaller websites with fewer pages and page views do just fine with standard shared hosting, and larger sites with hundreds of pages and thousands or millions of page views definitely need the features and benefits of dedicated server hosting. VPS internet hosting, on the other hand, is an ideal solution for medium-sized businesses and sites with a decent amount of regular traffic. Depending on where your site stacks up, there’s definitely a hosting solution out there for you. A2 Hosting has the affordable fast VPS Hosting solution to meet your needs.

WHM's Backup Configuration section is one of the most powerful and vital tools for an administrator of multiple sites. It allows you to manage each of your individual cPanel backups separately, giving you the choice of backup cadence (daily, weekly, monthly and manually) and location. Preserving your clients business-critical files, data and site content is of the utmost importance. Work with your clients on implementing a backup schedule and location that is appropriate for their site(s) and make sure they have the peace of mind that their data and site material are safe.
With VPS Hosting you don't share resources because you have defined memory and bandwidth allocations within your virtual environment. A VPS will give you far more bandwidth and disk space and ensure you are never compromised by someone else's website. It's also a more flexible solution if your website grows and you need to move to another server – since it's easier to move a VPS to a new physical server than to transfer the contents of a dedicated server over to a new host.
It’s easy to deploy Microsoft enterprise applications on virtual machines. From Microsoft SharePoint and Dynamics, to SQL Server, Machine Learning Server, and System Center—you get great stability, performance, and guidance when running on Azure. Our world-class support team has you covered, and our flexible technical support plans cover everything from Microsoft applications to cloud infrastructure.
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Your web projects come in all shapes and sizes. Shouldn't your VPS meet your needs more closely? Your project may need additional disk space or data transfer while maybe you don't need so much RAM. Don't get stuck paying for for resources you don't want or don't need from a one-size-fits-all VPS provider. We've got your covered! Design your perfect VPS at A2 Hosting! 
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Typically, we at VPS hosting reviews recommend most customers choose a managed VPS solution that offers an easy control panel such as a cPanel VPS or Plesk VPS. This way, if (and when) problems arise with your virtual private server, you will always have peace of mind in knowing your web host is a support ticket away for any issue you might experience. This peace of mind is the sole reason why we always opt for managed VPS hosting for our websites.

With the launch of InMotion Hosting’s new Self-Managed (Unmanaged) VPS product, SysAdmins and experienced developers have expressed a lot of enthusiasm for this new solution. But, the distinction has left others wondering which product would best serve their needs. One of the most common questions we have received has been “What is the difference between a managed and an unmanaged VPS, and which one should I choose?”
Moving a website requires special attention, skilled experts and dedicated time, but the Migrations team can transfer your data on your timeline and with minimal downtime.  Whether you are looking to have more room for customization or if you just have outgrown your current hosting environment,  our Migrations team is here to make the transition as smooth as possible.
At the end of the day, we know that your site’s success is dependent on it being up and running. InMotion Hosting’s highly-available VPS plans combine the highest-quality servers with an infrastructure of redundant hardware clusters that makes sure your downtime is minimized. This new feature also allows us to provide routine server maintenance, including security patches, operating system updates and more without affecting any of the sites on your server. Spend less time fighting hosting fires and wondering why your site is down and more time on the bottom line: growing your business.
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One of the tools included with your Managed VPS within cPanel is Softaculous Free. Softaculous is another reason why these plans are easy to use. With Softaculous, you can setup software ranging from blogs to forums to CMS solutions all with a single click of your mouse. As the Premium Hosting partner for PrestaShop, you can also setup this popular eCommerce software with 1-click as well.
Perhaps the best way to approach the virtual server is the idea of a virtual machine. A VM allows you to run an emulation of a computer within your computer, drawing on the resources of the physical one –  disk space, RAM, CPU, etc. This tactic allows you to run an entirely separate operating system (OS) solely for the purposes of the VM, even if its type and version of OS are identical to what’s on your hardware.

Alrighty than, wait to see if they'll be adding support for smartnofes. In case they don't have plans to include SMART soon, than since you're good with computers I suggest you rent a managed VPS and just dive in it. Once you get the hang of it, it's not hard. But if you will use it only for your smartnofe, than turn off any other service to minimize the attack surface (like apache, mail and other servers you won't need).
Do you plan to sell products or services? If so, you'll want to invest in a web hosting service that offers Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). An SSL connection encrypts the financial information that shuttles between users' web browsers and your website, thus safeguarding the transmission of the purchasing information. Some hosting companies include a free SSL certificate when you sign up for a web hosting plan, while others charge close to $100. You can save some money by shopping around for services that offer the cheaper SSL plans.
Yes, by default all of our servers come managed! Our servers are configured with a Fully Managed image using your choice of cPanel/WHM or Plesk control panel. Management level is determined by which server image is being used. If desired, you can customize your desired level of management level. View full details of our management tiers here. We’re confident we’ve got you covered!
Similarly, in the case of VPS, there are several users that are using the same server but they are isolated from each other. It means that no one will be affected by how much resources another is using. You will get the speed and security that you need without compromise. It is almost a perfect scenario because you will get the benefits of a private server with shared cost of services.
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