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Since the 90’s VMware has been evolving. It started as a clumsy little software that used to be installed on a Windows desktop. Then from there, it changed into GSX for Windows Servers. And then again it morphed into ESX which eliminated the need for Windows and booted to a Redhat kernel. And later in version 4, it became ESXi which now runs on a custom Linux kernel.
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?
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.

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.
It can varies a lot from VPS hosts to hosts. This can be a little confusing because unfortunately many hosting providers differ in their definition of “managed hosting”, and some providers have “semi-managed hosting”. So if you’ve determined that you need a managed VPS (which is positively the way to go if you are not comfortable with running a Linux server), you must contact your potential VPS service providers for the details or look at the specific tasks that your managed provider will and will not perform.

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InMotion Hosting is #1 in transfers for a reason. That's because we offer all the tools, speed, and security someone may need - and more. Our AutoSSL feature, powered by cPanel and Comodo, allows you to issue SNI SSLs for each and every website you host with us. Enable auto-renewal to have peace of mind knowing your websites stay secure for your visitors. Our VPS servers are also fully compatible with Let's Encrypt, although you'll have to install and manage it independently.

Managing your virtual private server has never been so easy. Thanks to the VPS Control Panel, now you can manage and control your virtual server simply with a few clicks. Your private servers can be easily rebooted, powered on or off, absolutely new OS or web scripts can be installed, root access password or trace server stats and VPS hosting resources can be easily changed in real time. With no worries you can backup and restore VPS container via cpanel too.


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You can easily customize the network configuration for your Amazon VPC. For example, you can create a public-facing subnet for your web servers that has access to the Internet, and place your backend systems such as databases or application servers in a private-facing subnet with no Internet access. You can leverage multiple layers of security, including security groups and network access control lists, to help control access to Amazon EC2 instances in each subnet.
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