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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?
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This is a low cost option for the hosting company and they will usually offer some kind of data protection using a RAID system where data is copied across multiple disks. This is an entry level solution but one issue is that the server itself represents a single point of failure. It could be that the power supply fails which brings the server down for example.

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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.
VPS hosting works the same as Shared Hosting, except you have additional features such as your own WHM panel. If you have any questions about the specifics of our hosting, be sure to contact our Live Sales center for more help. Contact information for the Sales team can be found at the bottom of the page. They can be contacted via phone/chat/email/Skype.
With unmanaged cloud VPS hosting, the hosting provider is only responsible for the physical server and the availability of the server.  This means that with the exception of the initial OS installation, the user is responsible for the maintenance, upgrades, installation of software, etc.  If you choose unmanaged cloud VPS hosting, you should be familiar with the operating system and server software you choose to use.
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.
Let's take Cloudrino as an example. This Indian startup claims to give you a free VPS. To get it, you need to stay in line - the issue is, the line has apparently, over 230 thousand users in it. And it's not moving very fast! However, to get ahead of the line, you can invite your friends to join the line as well. Like that, you can jump some positions.
Typical Use Case: Early stage startup workloads, quick prototypes, prelaunch experimentations, dev/test environments, microservices node, code repositories, dedicated application servers for light workloads. Resource intensive workloads like data aggregation, gaming front-ends, video encoding, high performance computing, batch processing. Also see our managed services for Startupreneurs.
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