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To break things down a bit, cloud VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting is when a web hosting provider takes one massive server and partitions it up so that it can have several servers on it, each of which can run its own operating system and can be re-booted independently.  Sounds simple enough.  So what is the difference between managed VPS and unmanaged VPS?
Do you plan to sell products or services? If so, you'll want to invest in a web hosting service that offers Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). An SSL connection encrypts the financial information that shuttles between users' web browsers and your website, thus safeguarding the transmission of the purchasing information. Some hosting companies include a free SSL certificate when you sign up for a web hosting plan, while others charge close to $100. You can save some money by shopping around for services that offer the cheaper SSL plans.

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.
Choose our optional all-SSD storage arrays backing our VPC. Our Premium SSD storage is 25x faster than standard storage. Solid State Drives (SSD) are ideal for high performance, transactional databases or I/O intensive workloads. SSD storage arrays also provide 256-bit data at-rest encryption, making it optimal for security and compliance based workloads.
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?
koding.com has a free VM running Ubuntu. The specs are pretty good, 1 gig memory for example. They have a terminal online you can access through their website, or use SSH. The VM will go to sleep approximately 20 minutes after you log out. The reason is to discourage users from running live production code on the VM. The VM resides behind a proxy. Running web servers that only speak HTTP (port 80) should work just fine, but I think you'll get into a lot of trouble whenever you want to work directly with other ports. Many mind-like alternatives offer similar setups. Good luck!

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.

Most people are clueless about the virtual servers hosting and how they actually work on the shared environment. It is a known fact that thousand and more number of users tend to use a server at a time. In such circumstances, each user is allocated with a designated amount of disk space, bandwidth, CPU allocation, memory and Operating System, which can be used on the server. All the Virtual Private Server users share the same CPU and RAM and think that, they have dedicated set of hardware. Virtual Server software is loaded onto the physical system and from then, a virtual server is ready to be used.
Managed VPS hosting obviously varies from one hosting provider to another, but if you do not possess a vast amount of technical knowledge and ability, this “hands off” approach is definitely your most feasible option.  If you have little to no experience running or maintaining a server, managed cloud VPS hosting can be very beneficial to you because the web host typically takes care of the software and system updates that you request, and in some cases, even does them automatically for you as they are needed.
Partitioning a single server to appear as multiple servers has been increasingly common on microcomputers since the launch of VMware ESX Server in 2001. The physical server typically runs a hypervisor which is tasked with creating, releasing, and managing the resources of "guest" operating systems, or virtual machines. These guest operating systems are allocated a share of resources of the physical server, typically in a manner in which the guest is not aware of any other physical resources save for those allocated to it by the hypervisor. As a VPS runs its own copy of its operating system, customers have superuser-level access to that operating system instance, and can install almost any software that runs on the OS; however, due to the number of virtualization clients typically running on a single machine, a VPS generally has limited processor time, RAM, and disk space.[2]