A Hostway|HOSTING Virtual Private Server (VPS) solution puts you on a server with other clients, where each client shares the cost of running the server. Unlike shared hosting (e.g., FlexCloud), a virtual private server solution gives each client its own partitioned server area. You manage your own operating system (Linux or Windows), storage space, and memory to ensure your site’s performance and stability.
The web and server hosting world is full of abbreviations that look as though they were designed to confuse inexperienced hosting clients: IaaS, PaaS, SSD, SSL, VPN, VPS, and many more. It’s especially confusing when abbreviations are similar, but mean completely different things, as is the case with VPN and VPS. I’ve often heard hosting clients say VPN when they mean VPS, and vice versa.
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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.
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.