Managed VPS hosting is designed for clients who want the benefits of a virtual private server without the headaches that often accompany keeping a server running smoothly. To keep a server running smoothly and at full capacity it must be constantly monitored and maintained. Constant monitoring and maintenance keep a vps server running sound and secure.
A managed VPS hosting provider serves clients in several ways. After paying an additional fee which varies among providers, clients are rewarded with scalability, flexibility, performance and support. Managed vps servers provide businesses with a quick way to get their websites up and running because all of the legwork concerning the server has been taken care of. The client need not worry about setting up the server or monitoring it for updates and security purposes.
Scalability is important to businesses that are ready to grow. As the business and website evolve, so can the server. As traffic to the site increases, additional applications, hardware and software are usually needed to keep current with the surge in traffic. Clients who need to stay even with the competition or stay one step ahead of them can easily configure the server to suit their needs. This can include adding additional software or increasing the amount of valuable bandwidth needed to keep the website running smoothly.
For clients without the time or knowledge to make crucial upgrades to the server such as increasing processing power, RAM, storage and bandwidth; a call to the tech support team can have these changes made in a matter of minutes. Tech support teams are also on hand to install server applications and to perform security configurations. When it comes down to it, a managed VPS server takes the responsibility of most server administration duties from the client and places them with a trained technical support team.
Though the client maintains full control over their website, the same is not so for the server. Root access is not given to the client. Root access is only given to the technical support team which is located in a data center where the vps servers are housed. The technical support team follows the demands of the client setting restrictions on who has access to the network connected through the server.
A client’s website with multiple pages and more structure will cost more to manage than a website consisting of a single page. Most businesses take advantage of managed services offered by vps server providers. Managed VPS hosting cannot be defined universally. A managed vps server means something different to every provider. It is important for clients to know their specific needs and how much they are willing to pay for services before entering into a lease with any provider.
Normally, clients do not own a managed vps server, they lease one. Server providers who offer managed services keep full control of the server to themselves. This bypasses configuration problems created by the client and helps to ensure quality of service. It also puts the sole responsibility of keeping the server running continuously and preventing the client’s website from experiencing any downtime, into the lap of the server provider.
Among the differences in definitions of a managed vps server is the level at which management is offered. Generally, management includes areas pertaining to making updates to the operating system and applications. This means monitoring the server, applications, and hardware. Conducting security checks which include updates to antivirus software and managing firewalls. This includes performing backups and restoration as well as disaster recovery. Software installations and configurations, user management, database administration, performance tuning, and application management are all included under management.