cPanel will do almost everything for you (until things go wrong) but you still need to know how to use bash and yum, how to secure your VPS, and how to troubleshoot your own connectivity issues at a minimum if you decide to roll with an unmanaged service... also, whenever WHM/cPanel sends you an e-mail alert you should read it and follow any links to WHM/cPanel documentation - our support team had far too many cPanel tickets in which the subscriber forwarded along the alert after ignoring the link which described how to solve the problem.
However another option is to pool together a cluster of physical servers into a cloud arrangement whereby the data is stored across several physical disks in several physical machines. This dramatically reduces the possibility of hardware related downtime by spreading the load and the risk of hardware failure. This is a High Availability Cloud setup which Pickaweb uses.
Not everybody is a server administrator, which is why our managed VPS servers and cPanel make server maintenance easier than ever. cPanel provides automatic updates for a myriad of deployable software, meaning you don't have to constantly monitor updates for your website(s). If you want to update your server software manually for integration and compatibility reasons, that capability is provided for you as well within the Server Configuration section of cPanel.
While our virtual private server plans are designed to be managed with command line, you have the option to add cPanel for your VPS management! cPanel is an extremely easy to use control panel. Use it to manage everything including your files, databases, email and sites. When you add cPanel, you also have the option to add Softaculous! Use Softaculous to install today's most popular software with just a single click. Setup WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Magento, PrestaShop and more! You'll also get automatically notified when a new version of your software is released. Easily log into your cPanel control panel, click the Softaculous icon and update your software with a single click!
Need more resources than a Web Hosting account, but aren’t quite ready for a Dedicated Server? Our high performance Managed VPS Hosting is the perfect solution. Experience the power and isolation of a VPS expertly combined with the easy-to-use cPanel control panel. Choose our Turbo Boost VPS featuring up to 20X faster page loads than competing hosts.
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.
Amazon VPC provides advanced security features, such as security groups and network access control lists, to enable inbound and outbound filtering at the instance level and subnet level. In addition, you can store data in Amazon S3 and restrict access so that it’s only accessible from instances in your VPC. Optionally, you can also choose to launch Dedicated Instances which run on hardware dedicated to a single customer for additional isolation.
VPS users still have access to the same resources and features as they would have otherwise, and they still have the freedom to install any application and make changes to those applications. Since you are not actually sharing any hardware, you will not have to be concerned about the physical server maintenance and security. The hosting company will need to worry about this.
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.
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.

VPS has clear advantages for website hosting as it offers a huge level of flexibility over shared website hosting, without stretching your budget to a dedicated server. A VPS offers you an environment for development and testing for your website hosting. For example, you could choose to have a VPS dedicated to testing and a separate VPS running simultaneously for your live or production websites. Without the need for two physical servers you can safely debug software, install major changes and software updates in a secure environment without affecting your live websites. You can also use a VPS for back-up or file storage. It's easy to switch between virtual servers so you can protect and maintain website visibility online even while undergoing extensive development work.
Lastly, arguably the most significant advantage of VPS hosting comes at the highest price. You get root access and unparalleled control of the resources granted. That means that you can install a wide range of operating systems, work on resource-heavy projects and do much more, than with shared hosting. But sadly, the customer support team will only help you with questions relating to VPS hosting management and other back-end related queries.
Managed VPS plans offer a managed environment similar to our shared hosting accounts, but with increased resource availability. If you are outgrowing a shared hosting environment, but are not ready yet to make the leap to a dedicated server, you should consider a managed VPS. This plan is also a good option if you need certain customizations that are not provided with shared hosting plans, but you would still like A2 Hosting to handle configuration changes, software upgrades, and other system administration tasks.
So that could be either a virtual machine - an operating system running inside another operating system, or a virtual private server - you rent a virtual server from a company, so you have your own internet-facing server running 24/7 relatively cheap (since it's not a real server, but one of many virtual server running on an actual server). I think he might have meant the later, since you'd have to run a snartnofe (btw I love that name) non stop to benefit from it.

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A virtual private server (VPS), also called a virtual dedicated server (VDS), is a virtual server that appears to the user as a dedicated server, but that is actually installed on a computer serving multiple websites. A single computer can have several VPSs, each one with its own operating system (OS) that runs the hosting software for a particular user.
We pride ourselves on giving you the tools that help your business grow and keep your website online. That's why we developed and expanded our snapshots. We now offer two types of snapshots: Live-State and Scheduled. While both provide you with the convenience of easily creating an identical copy of your VPS partition, Live-State Snapshots are meant to be used on-demand while Scheduled Snapshots can be set to capture a snapshot up to once a day. Use snapshots to create an exact copy in real time, or on an ongoing basis, to revert to should anything unexpected happen when trying to make changes in a development environment.
If you register a domain with Bluehost when signing up for a hosting account, there is a domain fee that is non-refundable. This not only covers our costs, but ensures that you won't lose your domain name. Regardless of the status of your hosting service, you'll be free to manage it, transfer it after any required lock periods, or simply point it elsewhere at your convenience. You retain ownership of your domain until the end of its registration period unless you elect to extend it. 
With a VPS, you receive all the power of Dedicated Server Hosting plus the ability to maintain your own set of services and customizable disk space. Here, you can also perform any desired actions from your control panel, without the need to contact our technical support team. With Shared Hosting, however, you have limited administrative access and are not able to customize software configurations. Learn more about the differences →
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:

You can use Amazon VPC to host multi-tier web applications and strictly enforce access and security restrictions between your webservers, application servers, and databases. You can launch webservers in a publicly accessible subnet and application servers and databases in non-publically accessible subnets. The application servers and databases can’t be directly accessed from the Internet, but they can still access the Internet via a NAT gateway to download patches, for example. You can control access between the servers and subnets using inbound and outbound packet filtering provided by network access control lists and security groups. To create a VPC that supports this use case, you can select "VPC with Public and Private Subnets" in the Amazon VPC console wizard.
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