Managed vs Unmanaged: Which VPS Is The Right Option For You?

 

There are many reasons why you might want to use a VPS. They offer a low price point, while still providing you with complete control over your server. You have root access to configure things however you require. Further, as your server requirements increase, a VPS will allow you to quickly and easily scale up, with minimal downtime. In short, a VPS is reliable, scalable, and easy to customize to your unique needs.  

But what is involved in selecting a VPS once you have decided that’s what you want to use? How do you evaluate your resource and software needs? More importantly, what exactly do hosts mean when they talk about managed and unmanaged plans?

Your first step is to look at your usage needs.

Consider what you currently use – your host can assist you here, if necessary. Is your current server providing ample processing power and RAM? Do you have enough storage space? Is your storage fast enough to keep with traffic demands and server load?

If you’re starting a new project and don’t know your requirements, don’t worry – a VPS is actually a perfect option. An entry level VPS is usually powerful enough for new projects, and it’s perfect for development. Better yet, even if you don’t provision enough resources to start, you’ll be able to easily scale up later.

Once you have figured out your business’s resource demands, the next step is to determine how much control you want to exert over your VPS – to decide between an Unmanaged or Managed plan.

With an Unmanaged VPS, you are responsible for everything. The only thing the host does is keep the network connected and the VPS running. If you have a tech-savvy employee base or a decent-sized IT department, an Unmanaged plan can be an option for you, as you possess the technical knowhow to manage all things software.

A Managed VPS lets you take more of a hands-off approach. The VPS is available for whatever functionality you require, but the host takes care of the technical side of things, making this an ideal choice if you are not tech-savvy. Although the specific services vary between hosts, most managed options will see the host taking care of software installation, server configuration, patches and updates, security, and general troubleshooting.

Whichever option you choose, Liquid Web has you covered.

Our VPS hosting plans include built-in backups, DDoS attack protection, 24/7 access to our Heroic Support team, and a choice between both unmanaged and fully-managed options. Servers are protected by our proprietary ServerSecure technology, which helps ensure your systems remain secure while they’re being used. Our support team, meanwhile, will help you deal with everything from software compatibility to website security.

There are many reasons why you might want to use a VPS – flexibility, scalability, ease of use, and cost chief among them. But before you select yours, it is important to understand your specific resource demands and service requirements. Otherwise, there is a good chance you will end up with something that is not a good fit.