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Managed VPS vs Unmanaged VPS

July 21, 2014
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In this article, you will a broad comparison between managed and unmanaged VPS.  These two are the most popular options regarding VPS hosting services and types.  The comparison intends to show the differences between this services in order to help you pick the correct way to go taking into account your current needs and budget.
Managed VPS and Unmanaged VPS
Managed VPS is the option to pick if you don’t have a high level of IT skills, specifically server functioning.  In this service, the whole technical aspect of hosting is dealt in the provider’s end.  Server maintenance, configuration, security upgrades, bug fixes, etc. are made by your service provider.  Thus, you don’t need to worry at all about server crashes or downfalls.  This kind of service suits customers who don’t want to spend time on the technical aspect of their site.
On the other hand, unmanaged VPS service is intended for people capable of running their own server.  This means that the service only includes the physical infrastructure, this being the initial server and hardware issues.  All the other aspects of the server are dealt in the customer’s end.  Software upgrades, security, maintenance and bug fixes must be performed on customer’s end.

You must know that if you have a major issue within an unmanaged VPS hosting service, the service provider can still troubleshoot you, but will the cost of the hourly rate is really high.  This could interfere with the saving made at the time of choosing the hosting plan.  However, the huge upside of unmanaged VPS hosting service is that it is fully customizable, which may result on a better functioning of your website in terms of efficiency and features.  Another great advantage of this plans are their low cost.

So, what solution should I pick?
In order to better pick your hosting solution, you need to ask yourself the following questions: What’s your budget? Do you need a control panel? Do you have enough technical skills to run a server?  Do you have enough time to administrate and keep a server up, fix bugs and any other situation that may occur?
If you rank high on the technical skills scale and you have enough time, you should go with the unmanaged VPS solution.  This will save you lots of money.  If you are not sure about your IT skills, you should choose the managed VPS hosting.  This is a perfect option for those who want to get all the features and improved performance from VPS servers without going through the dodgy technical maintenance situations.
Moreover, if your business is growing rapidly and you have increasing demands regarding your hosting resources, managed VPS is the way to go.  Thus, you’ll get a fully adjustable service: you will be able to increase storage capacity and bandwidth when required.  Just inform your provider of your needs and they will add the resources to the server and bill them to you.  In that way, you keep your concentration on your business rather than in technical aspects of your website.

Conclusion
As per the comparison above, no service is better than the other one.  The two options are valid in different scenarios.  Both unmanaged and managed VPS have their own advantages.  With all the necessary information, you will be able to make the correct decision meeting your budget and circumstance.

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