What is a Managed VPS?
Perhaps you're wondering, what exactly is a managed VPS and why would you want one? VPS stands for virtual private server - meaning you get your own server, totally dedicated to you. But instead of being a physical piece of hardware in the datacenter, your server is virtual. That means we carve out a piece of a larger, physical server, and configure it as yours.
When you order a managed VPS, you will be allocated a number of CPU cores, a block of memory or RAM, and a block of disk (storage space). The CPU cores are what allow your server to do work - process website requests, send email, run custom code, or whatever else you're doing. More cores means you can get more work done in less time. Memory is what your server uses to hold the work it's currently doing. The more memory you have, the more different tasks (or the more complicated tasks) your server can do at once. And disk is where you store files, software, code, images, or anything else your server needs. As you move up in larger packages you generally get access to more of each of these resources - and because it's YOUR server, you can do whatever you like with them.
Because the server is yours, you can do anything you want with the server - install any software, run as few or as many website as you want, host your own email, run WordPress, whatever. You never have to worry about other people interering with your system because it is 100% yours.
Of course, having your own server also means there are technical tasks to manage - keeping the server updated, secure, and running smoothly. That's why all of our managed VPS packages include our management services. Our experienced systems adminstrators will stay on top of your server, performing all the same duties they do for our own servers. No technical no-how required on your part.
One of the big benefits of virtual servers is that you can start small and scale up as you grow. Unlike with a dedicated or physical server, adding more processing power, memory, or storage is just a few clicks away. So when you are ready for more, you can upgrade instantly. With physical servers you'd need to take all your sites and service offline while the hardware is upgraded, or in some cases migrate to a totally new server. Virtual servers provide you with the ability to instantly upgrade without all of the hassle and downtime involved when running on dedicated hardware.
Why do many people choose to get a managed virtual private server? Usually it's because they need more power than they can get with typical shared hosting. It could also be that they want a non-standard configuration that their hosting company won't enable on shared servers, or software that requires elevated privileges to install. A VPS also provides some additional peace of mind because it isolates you from other systems and customers, so you don't have to worry about what others are doing.
What do customers do with their VPS? Of course the answer to this question is varied, but some of the common uses are: email hosting, WordPress hosting, website hosting, ecommerce/shop site hosting, forum hosting, custom software hosting, chat bot hosting, virtual private network and proxy hosting, development or test environment hosting, cryptocurrency full node hosting, cryptocurrency masternode hosting, and on and on.