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.
I'v tested some other top VPS Providers/resellers (AWS, Digital Ocean, Vultr, etc.) and find that VPSServer.com offer highest performance/price ratio on market. One of the highest (top 3) IOPS, Unixbench and Network perfomance at lowest price from my research. Setting up server with operating systems is matter of few minutes. Managing is simple and clear.
Although multiple VPS accounts are hosted on one physical server, we can run several different virtualized operating systems on that one server. Each of these operating systems will perform as if it was on its own dedicated server, giving you all of the benefits at a fraction of the cost. InMotion Hosting uses Parallels Virtuozzo Container to virtualize the operating system.
If you'd like to run a VPS, I'd suggest you to look for a managed one with cPanel. cPanel is a piece of software that facilitates a lot configuring the server, while managed means that the support guys will help you with initial configuration of the server, and also help you out with config/upgrades whenever you need help. It's a bit more expensive than non-managed, but if you don't know how to manage/administer a server, than it's essential. You can find a decent managed VPS in USA from 20 $ and up.
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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).
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In this case, providers do not offer any help in case any problems are encountered with unmanaged VPS accounts. The customers should, therefore, have a thorough knowledge of Linux operating system and understand the ways to control the VPS so as to ensure uptime, reliability, and server stability. There may be problems related to resources, software, performance, or configuration- all of them have to be handled by the clients themselves. The web host will only look into problems related to network or hardware in case of unmanaged hosting.
If you are not already familiar with Linux system administration, you will need to devote a great deal of time to familiarizing yourself with all of the applications you're using and the CentOS operating system - you could pay someone else to set up your VPS for you, but that wouldn't help down the road when you need to update software and resolve administrative issues... (if you're not sure, go with a managed service)
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When purchasing a VPS hosting package the web hosting provider will manage all the hardware and while you will have administrative access through a control panel to do whatever you want with your server, they will still make sure that it is available, has up-to-date system software, it is secured and has the available hardware resources to run according to the VPS package specification.
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