How Do You Choose Between Managed vs Unmanaged VPS?

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Your business is growing! This is a sure sign of a job well done. Your diligence and hard work are paying off!

But now you have to upgrade.

That shared hosting service isn’t cutting it anymore, and it’s time to press into something new and exciting, but new and exciting shouldn’t mean you have to take chances.

That’s why you’ve decided to go with a Liquid Web Cloud VPS. Smart! And for a good reason.

Cloud VPS at Liquid Web

A Cloud VPS offers a lower price point while still providing complete control over your server. You get root access to configure things however you require, the ability to choose whether or not you want a control panel, and freedom to customize your hardware configuration around your site’s specific needs.

What’s better, as your server requirements increase, a VPS allows 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. That’s why you picked it.

So now what? 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 vs unmanaged VPS plans?

Check Mark Read our Definitive Guide on Managed Hosting to learn how choosing managed hosting can propel your enterprise ahead of the competition.

Current Resource Usage

Great questions. Let’s start with current resource usage. Your current host can assist 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?

Maybe you’re starting a new project and don’t know your requirements. No worries.

A Cloud VPS is actually a perfect option. An entry-level VPS is usually powerful enough for new projects, and it’s ideal for development.

Better yet, even if you don’t provision enough resources to start, you’ll be able to scale up later easily.

Deciding Amount of Control: Managed vs Unmanaged VPS

Once you have figured out your business’s resource demands, the next step is to determine how much control you want. This will help you decide between an unmanaged or managed VPS plan.

Unmanaged VPS

With an Unmanaged VPS, you are responsible for everything. The only things we do is keep the network connection up and the VPS running.

If you’re tech-savvy or have a decent-sized IT department, an Unmanaged plan can be an option for you. There’s no ticket, no call, just jump in and get to work.

Managed VPS

A Managed VPS lets you take more of a hands-off approach. The VPS is available for whatever functionality you require. You use it, and we take care of the technical side of things.

This style is an ideal choice if you are not tech-savvy. You can get back to growing your business without having to manage the core of the server. So when things like maintenance, troubleshooting, or software installation come up, you can stay focused on what’s important.

To boot, all our managed servers can be 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.

Whichever option you choose between managed vs unmanaged VPS, a Liquid Web VPS has you covered.

Our VPS hosting plans include built-in backups, DDoS attack protection, 24/7 access to our Support team, and a choice between both unmanaged and fully-managed options. Of the many reasons you might want to use a VPS, flexibility, scalability, ease of use, and cost are chief among them.

Try Liquid Web’s Cloud VPS

The Cloud VPS at Liquid Web is flexible, scalable, easy to use, and is a cost-effective option for growing businesses, startups with web applications, and more.
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