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).

OpenVZ virtualization is an OS level container-based virtualization, and it has resources that are divided between users on a physical server. Each container acts like a stand-alone virtual server and can be accessed with a root (SSH) connection. As a separate server container can be rebooted separately, it also has a dedicated IP address, shared RAM, individual processes, files, applications, system libraries and configuration files. On OpenVZ, the kernel cannot be modified. It has its stable version and modules cannot be added. The good thing regarding this virtualization is a faster performance, and a lower need of resources.
Virtual private server (VPS) hosting is a type of web hosting that uses software to emulate multiple servers on a single virtual host. Even though the websites are hosted on the same physical machine, VPS hosting allows each server to be entirely independent, treating them as if each site were on its own separate machine. One advantage of VPS is that it fits in well with other hosting plans. A virtual hosting plan gives clients another hosting option that fits between most shared hosting and dedicated hosting pans.
InMotion Hosting’s Virtual Private Server Hosting comes with a number of additional features including high-availability, Live-State and Scheduled snapshots, resource monitoring, free solid-state drives (SSDs), a free full cPanel license, 2-3 free dedicated IP addresses, WHM, CentOS, burstable RAM, automated data backups, unlimited MySQL databases, email accounts and FTP accounts, root access and SSH access.
VPS users still have access to the same resources and features as they would have otherwise, and they still have the freedom to install any application and make changes to those applications. Since you are not actually sharing any hardware, you will not have to be concerned about the physical server maintenance and security. The hosting company will need to worry about this.

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.
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 – Error-proof sandbox – Virtual private servers give you “do-over” potential because they exist within a virtual sandbox. Damaging a virtual server won’t impact the operating system running on the hardware itself. “The VPS can be rebooted or reinstalled without much issue except maybe for lost data (so always keep backups),” notes Joel Lee of MakeUseOf. “On a dedicated host, a mistake could cause permanent damage.”

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?

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).


Smaller websites with fewer pages and page views do just fine with standard shared hosting, and larger sites with hundreds of pages and thousands or millions of page views definitely need the features and benefits of dedicated server hosting. VPS internet hosting, on the other hand, is an ideal solution for medium-sized businesses and sites with a decent amount of regular traffic. Depending on where your site stacks up, there’s definitely a hosting solution out there for you. A2 Hosting has the affordable fast VPS Hosting solution to meet your needs.
Quick review: AltusHost is a well-known premium hosting provider based in Netherlands. The company provides rock-solid customer support and offer three different server locations in Europe (Bulgaria, Netherlands, and Sweeden). We think AltusHost may be the right call for small businesses and individual bloggers who want a reliable EU-based hosting solution.
For packages supporting unmetered disk space or data transfer (bandwidth), we do not have defined limitations. These resources are "unmetered", meaning you are not billed according to the amount of disk space or bandwidth used. While of course these resources are not infinite, we believe our customers should have all the resources necessary to build an online presence and 99.95% of customers will have more than enough disk space and bandwidth to meet their needs.
Which is the right hosting package depends mainly on your requirements. Are not you really a technology fanatic and do you have little idea about server management? Then, especially if you do not need huge resources, a shared hosting package may be sufficient. The advantages of shared hosting are the low price and the fact that the provider takes care of the entire maintenance. You can also get started quickly. However, in terms of traffic, storage space and performance, shared hosting already has its limitations. Are you heavily dependent on your website for business purposes? Do you strive for more freedom and flexibility? Then in most cases VPS hosting is the way to go. Savvii also manages the VPS for you, so it’s called “managed hosting”. Attention: This is not always the case with VPS hosting. You can look up the specifications of all our packages on our Prices & Packages page, there is also a selection guide available.
f. In a few minutes, the Instance State column on your instance will change to "running" and a Public IP address will be shown. You can refresh these Instance State columns by pressing the refresh button on the right just above the table. Copy the Public IP address of your AWS instance, so you can use it when we connect to the instance using SSH in Step 4.

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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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]
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