With the internet's growth in recent years, companies are in a mad scramble to make the most out of this opportunity. Servers are busy with the bustling activities. The business of internet web hosting also faced a boom. With the growth of websites and the demand for more and better content – usually media loaded—hosting companies are getting pushed to perform better. Companies with websites also consider upgrading their hosting packages from simple shared hosting to virtual private servers or VPS, as a step prior to moving to a dedicated server as soon as traffic and demand pick up. Virtual private servers are touted as the lower-cost alternative versus getting a physical server. While it may be lower cost, there is still something known as a managed hosting? Just what is this all about? It is certainly not just a VPS whose price is just pushed down. A true managed hosting provider recognizes the needs of hosting customers and is driven deliver a true cost-effective solution.
The first thing to consider is the hardware. A true managed hosting provider will not give any low-end machine to its hosting customer. At a minimum, the service provider offers the best core processors it can give to its customers. Those interested in getting a good-value VPS provider should target those that provide a minimum of a quad –core processor with an option to upgrade to a hex core. Having that much processing power means the server will always be responsive to any data request or a download of a video or a request to install a program from it. The processing power assures that even if there are other virtual servers on the physical server, there are enough resources to manage them.
Of course, computing power is nothing without the RAM to back it up. Good service providers offer a minimum of 512 MB of RAM for its virtual private server hosting service. Aside from that, there should be an option to upgrade RAM up to 6 gigabytes. With that, the hosting customer will always be assured that the server can maximize the processing power of a quad or hex core processor and the demands of other virtual servers on the system.
Bandwidth is something not to be taken lightly. Bandwidth determines the amount of activity or information that can be transmitted simultaneously. A good VPS provider ensures that the server bandwidth is not too small. At a minimum, the service provider looks at giving 1500 GB of bandwidth. This can also be upgradable to 3,000 to 6,000 to 15,000 GB. That is a lot of traffic for a very busy server.
The really good managed hosting service provider sticks to using only solid state drives that will not break down. These are faster and also hold a lot of data. The disk space can range from 20 GB to 120 GB. That is enough to run any site's requirements.
Another thing to look at is the ease of use of the VPS. A good managed hosting should also have a system with a graphical interface for easy management. Along with that, for security, the VPS should also have a provision for automated backups. This ensures that in case of emergencies, the hosting customer will not risk losing its data.
Of course, support should also be part of the VPS choice criteria. There should always be technical support ready whenever the hosting customer requires it. A true customer-oriented VPS provider will be on hand regardless of the package cost.
As for cost of the packages, the companies should not squeeze companies out of every dollar. Value-wise, using combinations of the specifications mentioned above, a company should be able to avail of a good VPS package for as low as 4 dollars per month to a high of 48 dollars.
Budget does not have to mean cheap. It has to deliver value as well.