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What Should Be Included in a New VPS Hosting Plan?

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Getting started with a website can be a challenging situation, especially if it involves entering uncharted territory. One of the ways that you might be challenged involves how you manage your web-based content. In today’s blog post, we’ll take a look at VPS hosting. By the end, you will have learned more about the top four features to insist upon before signing on the dotted line with a new provider.

According to the Hosting Tribunal, it has been estimated that the market for VPS hosting will be worth approximately $8 billion by the year 2023. For this reason and many more, it’s never been more important to invest in the right hosting solution. Let’s take a closer look.

What Is VPS Hosting and Why Do I Need It?

To start things off, VPS refers to a virtual private server. This is a dedicated server that can be used anywhere to connect to secured files. Your leadership team has the ability to provide access to your employees while keeping things under lock and key. In many VPS scenarios, the VPS hosting company will divide a physical server into dedicated partitions for each client. Often, investing in a VPS hosting plan is a step down from a private server. As you’ll see in today’s post, the final say on what features your server includes is between your team and the host.

VPS Hosting Feature #1: Reliability

According to Web Host Insider, web speed is crucial for clients and providers alike. They estimate that the US economy lost around $500 million because of slow websites in 2017.

The first feature to consider involves the host’s reliability. Reliability comes down to one simple concept: accessibility. When you need to use your files and your system, being unable to access your content is unacceptable. While we will discuss the importance of scalability later in today’s post, keep in mind that your team needs to have a VPS solution that will provide optimal speed and performance. If you find that your hosting solution isn’t cutting it, it might be time to consider upgrading or moving on.

Similarly, reliability includes the hosting company’s reputation. If a deal seems too good to be true, there’s a good chance that it is. Do your research. Learn about the experiences of other customers. If you see too many complaints about the same issues, it’s best to move on. Be careful with good reviews–too many vaguely written positive ones could suggest something to hide.

VPS Hosting Feature #2: Security

A second component of VPS hosting that you should insist upon involves network security. As a contracted client, the health and well-being of the server space is the responsibility of your host. While your team has a responsibility for generating quality content and using solid techniques of data hygiene, your VPS hosting company is the end-all-be-all keeper of the security gate.

In many VPS hosting agreements, it’s clearly stated that the host is responsible for keeping the network safe and secure from any potential risks. This means regularly scanning the network for possible defects, installing patches, and completing all necessary software updates. Insist on consistent and reliable security from your partners. Prevention keeps your data safe from breaches and lost money.

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VPS Hosting Feature #3: Scalability

The third aspect of VPS hosting that you need to keep in mind has already been alluded to: scalability. Put simply, it means being able to go up or go down in resources to suit your needs and budget. Finding the right combination of space and speed is going to be a bit of an experiment. Be sure that the hosting solution you choose allows for your team to increase or decrease speed and space accordingly. There’s no reason to waste money on resources you won’t use and there’s no reason to lose out on functionality if you can afford to increase. Be sure that your contracts include the level of flexibility that you need.

VPS Hosting Feature #4: Support

A fourth component of VPS hosting to think about is often the most important one: support. If you have members of your team that understand the complexities of web optimization and analytics, you might be able to select a more hands-off support program. This is what is often referred to as an unmanaged VPS plan. With unmanaged plans, much of the coding, the safety, and the overall functionality of your resources is your responsibility. 

Managed VPS plans are the total opposite–the hosting company will take the harder tasks off your plate. This is usually the option to choose when you have a small team that doesn’t have the time, energy, or expertise to deal with the more complex parts of managing your VPS. In either case, most web clients will receive access to a wealth of different tools through active dashboards. Dashboards will allow your team to better optimize your server plan.

Regardless of the plan that you choose, the best VPS hosting plan will include technical support to meet your needs. While not all technical plans will involve around the clock support, it’s important to know how long it takes to resolve tickets, the types of tickets handled, and other related issues. Be sure to get what you’re paying for in the support area. 

In the case of Solar VPS, our team is available to assist you at anytime–24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Without delay, we’ll do what we can to earn your trust.

Solar VPS: Your Go-To Team for VPS Hosting

Since 2005, the experts at Solar VPS have been helping new and existing clients get the most out of their hosting plans. We are ready to design custom solutions to meet the needs of your team. Whether it’s iOS, Linux, Windows, or a mixture of all three, we’ll find the best hosting plan possible. At Solar VPS, we’re dedicated to providing all four aspects that we’ve discussed today. Reliability, security, scalability, and support–we’ll do it all. Contact us today!

How to Decide Between a Managed or Unmanaged VPS Plan

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If you’re in the business of using your website to connect with current or future customers, you’ve got enough things to worry about without having to think about hosting for your site. The goal of today’s blog post is to help you weigh the differences between a managed or an unmanaged VPS package for your business.

What’s a VPS Exactly?

VPS, or virtual private servers, are one of the most popular solutions to hosting content and securing data for an organization of any size. Think of a VPS as a home that holds all of your data behind it and only a select few people hold keys to that information. VPS plans are popular because the sky’s the limit of what that space can be used for. Many organizations prefer VPS to shared server spaces that typically come with web hosting plans. 

Instead of a home, think of shared server space like an apartment building–a lot of different people doing a lot of different things. Sometimes, the plumbing gets clogged up and the elevator is running slow. If your business uses a shared server space, chances are you aren’t getting the most bang for your buck. Spring for the private home instead of the cramped apartment building.

What Is a Managed VPS Anyway?

VPS plans offer customers a variety of specific features and controls. By default, most plans involve managed VPS agreements. In a managed VPS, the hosting company handles the sticky parts of your private server. If something goes wrong in the middle of the night, the host can help. If a member of your team needs technical support, the host is helping you out. If there is a data breach or some other catastrophic scenario, there’s a good chance that the host is on the hook for solving the problem.

Managed VPS plans are designed to take the heavy lifting off your leadership team and off your IT staff. Chances are that if you’re just shifting to a VPS server, your organization is small and suffering growing pains. With few people wearing multiple hats, the last things those folks need to do is worry about coding or network security. 

Having an agreement with your host can ease the burden. Depending on the level of management services being offered, your host will be expected to take care of server maintenance and initial setup. You might compare this plan to autopilot in a plane–your team will have access to dashboards and analytics but the plane mostly flies itself. One caution to bear in mind–managed VPS solutions are often more expensive due to the hands-on nature of the relationship between host and client.

How Is It Different from an Unmanaged VPS?

Of course, this might not be a scenario you want or need. If your company is larger and has the bandwidth to handle heavy IT processes, an unmanaged VPS plan might be the better fit. Unmanaged plans are the equivalent of flying the plane yourself. While the tools will be the same for both types of hosting plans, unmanaged clients should expect to do it themselves. From setup to patches and other critical elements, the host provides the server.

What Exactly Does VPS Management Involve?

Up to this point, we’ve looked at the two types of management options for VPS. If you’re new to this, you’re probably wondering: “What is my host managing or not managing for me?”

Let’s take a quick look at the five main things that have to be managed in a VPS plan–no matter who happens to be flying the plane.

Upgrades–While your team will need to communicate with their team to be sure that enough space and data are available for any new software, managed VPS providers are responsible for ongoing upgrades to the server and the existing software packages.

Server Patches–Similarly, managed VPS providers are responsible for correcting any real or potential faults in their networks. Publishers will release fixes to vulnerabilities and whoever is in charge of your network security will be responsible for verifying, installing, and addressing any update issues that may occur.

Server Backups–Most managed VPS hosts will coordinate a time to complete regular server backups with your company. While there’s no hard and fast rule about backups, many organizations will have nightly, weekly, or monthly backups of all data to an outside server. 

While VPS hosts are in the business of keeping you online and productive, there will occasionally be downtimes. There will sometimes be server failures. Maintaining regular backups prevents catastrophic data loss.

Technical Support–Managed VPS providers are invested in making sure that clients feel supported throughout the duration of their service contract. As such, they will maintain customer service and technical support hours. When determining which provider and the level of service being agreed upon, pay close attention to the technical support offerings. If there isn’t something in writing, it isn’t in your plan.

Server Analytics–One of the complicated parts of any VPS plan is how to manage usage. Managed plans will require some level of observation from the host. While any client can actively view a dashboard and make adjustments to speed or usage of data, managed VPS plans are more hands-off for clients. The host will do their best to help your team optimize the VPS for speed, performance, and ease of use. If you’re not sold on why your team needs a VPS solution just yet, consider the following statistic.

According to Verizon, 43% of data breaches that occured as of 2019 happened to small businesses.

That’s nearly half of all small businesses and that’s just too many.

Ready to Select a VPS Host? Consider Solar VPS!

Now that you understand a bit more about the differences between a managed and an unmanaged VPS hosting plan, it’s time to more forward. The team at Solar VPS has been helping clients from all sectors build private networks to meet their needs. Whether your team uses Linux, Windows, iOS, or a mixture, we can build a custom solution to meet your needs. No matter how managed or unmanaged you want your plan to be, look no further than our experts. Don’t delay–contact us today!

A Beginner’s Guide to VPS Hosting

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If you’re just beginning to find new hosting options for your business, you’re in good company. There’s something to be said about new things. You tend to be more open to learning more. In today’s blog, we’ll take a look at what a beginner should know about finding the right VPS hosting solution. We’ll take it step by step. By the end, you’ll be pretty host savvy.

What Is VPS Hosting and How Does It Work?

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. Simply put: it’s a dedicated server that can be accessed from anywhere. However, it’s only accessible by you and your team. Each server involved is divided to provide full network access to authorized users. A VPS is generally served through a hosting company that provides access to any number of other clients through the same data center. It provides a nice balance between shared hosting and private hosting with a lot of flexibility in bandwidth, resources, and cost.

And the market is growing. According to Allied Market Research, global subscriptions to VPS computing will reach an estimated $8.39 billion by 2026.

VPS, Shared, or Dedicated?: Why Does Server Choice Matter?

Whether you’re a true beginner (welcome!) or an established web content user, web hosting options can be confusing. Never fear! We’re going to explore what separates a true VPS server from a shared hosting solution and a dedicated server hosting plan.

A shared hosting solution is exactly what it sounds like. Your company and others are sharing access to the same server resources. Shared hosting is often cheaper, but the data speed and performance are largely out of your control. If another site using the same server uses an excessive amount of content that sucks up data, your site will suffer. Similarly, if another site from the server experiences damaging traffic or attacks, your site will likely also be damaged or attacked.

In a VPS hosting solution, you and your host will work together to determine best practices for resource usage. Many companies will allow you to adjust data speeds to control costs or to increase the reliability of your site.

A dedicated server is a whole different ball game. Everything about this type of server is yours: no sharing, no limits, maximum speeds. The downside for many small companies? The costs. Dedicated private servers can be prohibitively expensive. Additionally, upgrades and fixing vulnerabilities will require a dedicated IT professional to diagnose and install. If you can swing it, dedicated might just be the right way to go!

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Managed or Unmanaged?: Who Holds the Keys Anyway?

Regardless of the type of hosting server your organization chooses, it’s still important to understand what a hosting service will do for you. When we talk about a managed versus an unmanaged VPS, it all comes down to who does the heavy lifting.

If your organization is just starting out or relatively small, chances are that you don’t have the flexibility to put one person in charge of the network itself. This is where a managed VPS comes into play. In a managed plan, the hosting company handles a lot of the startup and ongoing tasks. 

This includes uploading software, troubleshooting access problems, and managing system updates. Of course, the level of responsibility should be clearly written in your service agreement. The host will provide you with tools to manage your network while also providing support.

If the opposite is true, an unmanaged VPS plan is likely the route for you. Unmanaged plans are designed to be placed in the hands of more seasoned IT professionals who understand the ins and outs of servers. These plans will be cheaper but they will contain less pre-loaded software and security features.

What Does a VPS Do Anyway?

When you consider everything that we’ve looked at so far, understanding the limitations of a VPS solution is important. VPS hosting is a more cost effective choice than a dedicated server. The overall monthly cost depends on the level of service provided. Some hosts will cost as low as $10 and dedicated servers will cost as low as $100. VPS hosting will also provide a lot of flexibility and scalability that meets the needs of your website. The sky is the limit when it comes to the content you release.

Need a Development Space? Look No Further than Your VPS

One of the fun things about having a private server is flexibility to use the space–when and how you use it. As an organization that is going to continue growing and moving forward, why not test? Establishing a development space on your network can lead to improvements for you, your team, and your content. Many organizations will devote a part of their server space to sandbox functions.

A sandbox allows members of your team to share new and experimental projects with the internal team for feedback and usability testing. These projects will not be available to the general public and can be used to determine preparedness to be published publicly. Sandbox files are also a way to learn or brush up on skills. Many companies building training regions of their servers to onboard new employees in realistic ways but without negatively impacting production.

Ready to Become a VPS Client? Contact Solar VPS!

The team at Solar VPS has been working with new and existing VPS clients since 2005. Our experts know what it takes to build a safe, reliable space for your company. We are ready to  build a custom solution no matter what operating systems you use: Windows, Linux, iOS, or a mix. Our team is ready to show you exactly what it takes to host your content safely, securely, and effectively. Contact us today!

4 Reasons to Use Your Internal Email on VPS

When companies or non-profit organizations set up a website or application, they typically set up an email server to handle communications. Having a branded internal email builds trust with partners and customers, and helps keep personal and business emails separate. While running your own private email server is possible, most organizations choose to set it up on a virtual private server (VPS). Here are four reasons why hosting email on VPS is the best option.

VPS Leverages Third-Party Technology

Setting up and maintaining a personal email server can be complicated. For people who aren’t very tech savvy, this can add a lot of hours onto what should be a simple task of managing email. VPS email hosting helps organizations take advantage of tech solutions provided by experts. You won’t have to hire as much tech support, and the chances you’ll have outages or server issues is much lower. 

A Good VPS Keeps Spam Out

When you run a business, you want to be able to separate junk mail from real requests and orders. If you set up your own mail server, it will be up to you to arrange protocols in a way that keeps spam out. This can be out of some people’s reach. However, VPS providers have a lot of experience setting up spam filters. They’ll help make sure only relevant emails get through to your inbox. 

The Secure Option

Just like VPS can help keep spam out, they also keep your organization safe. VPS providers work with a lot of clients, so they have more security tools at their disposal. As a result, they can craft custom security solutions for you to keep employee, customer, and proprietary information secure. Hosting email on your own server becomes complex if there’s a security breach. You’ll want to be able to rely on security experts to handle any issues.

Troubleshooting Is a Huge Time Suck

An organization stalls without the ability to communicate. Indeed, if your email goes down, your customers can’t communicate with you and employees lose productivity. VPS service providers have staff on call to monitor the well-being of your server and spot any issues early on. They keep you online and available to your partners and clients.  SolarVPS offers email solutions for organizations who want fast, safe, and reliable communications. We help make technology work for you with our advanced VPS options. Contact us today to talk about hosting your email on a virtual private server.   

What Can You Get With a VPS Plan?

Choosing the right Virtual Private Server (VPS) plan can provide peace of mind for your company. VPS plans are flexible, scalable, and provide a consistent way of managing cost. Many companies prefer to use VPS servers instead of cloud servers because having these dedicated servers provides more direct control over usage. That being said, not all VPS plans are created equal. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most popular things to consider when selecting your VPS.

Reliability and Performance

First and foremost, consider how fast you can access your resources. Depending on the size of your team, you may need a larger amount of VPS machine space. You may also need to increase the overall speed to enhance performance. If your business is outpacing your current speed, it might be time to upgrade or to find a new VPS provider. Additionally, consider the reliability of the server itself. Do some research about your VPS provider–see what their other clients have to say about the qualities of the services they’ve received. Too many negative reviews should be a red flag.On the opposing side, too many overly positive reviews should do the same.

Cost Conscious Options

Second, consider how much you are paying for the VPS services you are receiving. For many small businesses, keeping costs low is the best way to maximize income. There’s no need to throw money away if you aren’t getting the speed or performance that you need. Like many other aspects of your business, VPS hosting can be adjusted to suit your needs. If you can sacrifice some features in favor of others, consider making those changes.

Continuous Support Available

Third, consider how important it is to get your questions and concerns about VPS services answered quickly. If your VPS services don’t provide on-call technical support of some kind, find a new provider. Why pay for something that isn’t working when you are? Once you’ve considered the three components we’ve discussed today, call Solar VPS! Not all service providers are created equal but 10,000 plus clients can’t be wrong! With Solar VPS, you can rely on a company that will develop the right hosting plan for your company. With a wide variety of options and around the clock technical support, we can find a plan that exceeds your expectations. Save time, money, and frustration. Contact Solar VPS to get your VPS hosting problems solved today!

5 Differences between Cloud Hosting and VPS Hosting

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Cloud hosting and virtual private server (VPS) hosting are two options to consider when determining how to host a website, but what makes them different? While cloud hosting provides an unlimited number of interconnected computers/servers that share access to the same data system, VPS hosting provides space for each user on a single dedicated server or group of servers. Today, we’ll look at five important differences between cloud hosting and VPS hosting.

Customization

When considering cloud hosting, it is important to know that using cloud-based servers will limit some aspects of customization. This is due to the differences between operating systems (Windows, Linux, Apple iOS for example) that will restrict some features related to firewall and IP connections. Due to the complex nature of connecting multiple computers in multiple locations, advanced IT support may be required. VPS hosting, on the other hand, provides fewer limitations due to the use of physical computer stations to host the network activities. It is important to consider that companies running more than one operating system will need to have one dedicated host station per system.

Performance

Performance is another key component of how cloud hosting differs from VPS hosting. With cloud hosting, performance can constantly be maximized depending on usage. This is due to having multiple servers available at all times to address the need for more speed. Cloud hosting is also helpful when one server fails; the file and the functionality can be shifted automatically without downtime or significant delay. In VPS hosting, performance is guaranteed with respect to having many machines that are running concurrently. It is important to consider that VPS hosting servers are physical machines and failure of hosting machines will result in outages for the entire server. However, VPS hosting can often be moved to cloud hosting in such an event and until repairs are completed.

Security

Security is a high priority for both types of servers, but there are some differences in how high levels of security are managed between cloud hosting and VPS hosting solutions. In cloud hosting, security is a little harder to control on a consistent basis. This is due to the various locations where data is stored and where data is accessed. Since the data is stored on web-based hosting locations, these can be particularly at risk for cyberattacks. Conversely, in VPS hosting, security is held in the highest regard–each VPS machine has its own security settings, but a weakness in any one machine can impact performance and security in the other machines. Since data is most often stored in central locations, it is easier to control access to the data and pinpoint security failures.

Cost

When considering where to host your company data, cost is another key concern. In cloud hosting, costs are impacted by the level of detail required to establish and maintain the data. The more hardware, the more data, the more connections–the higher the cost. With respect to VPS hosting, costs tend to be lower due to the limited nature of accessing information from fixed locations. Since there is a limit to the other aspects of using a VPS hosting solution, the costs are fixed and better able to be adjusted depending on needs over time.

Scalability

Much like the other components that we’ve discussed, scalability is something that differs between the two types of hosting. In the case of cloud hosting, the sky is literally the limit. When more or less resources are needed, the cloud host can increase or decrease accordingly. In the case of VPS hosting, the level of service tends to be limited due to the physical size of the network equipment provided. Once you’ve had a chance to consider your options, contact Solar VPS. We have a variety of options to suit your unique needs. No matter whether cloud-based or VPS-based tools are the better choice for your team, we’re here to help! Contact Solar VPS today!

What is VPS and How Do You Use It?

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Virtual private server (VPS) hosting is a scalable and cost-effective hosting solution. If you find a dedicated server expensive and have outgrown your shared hosting plans, a VPS can provide the perfect solution for you. VPS works because it provides flexibility and control over your resources and expenses. Moreover, a virtual private server is a suitable platform for web hosting and is highly scalable.

Essentials of VPS Hosting

The technology that makes VPS possible is called virtualization technology. You take a powerful physical server and divide it into multiple virtual servers to take better advantage of the physical server. Multiple clients will share the physical server, but they will each have control over their environment due to the virtualization concept. With a VPS plan, you can choose your operating system and other software applications that you want to install.

How Can Solar VPS Help You?

Solar VPS provides one of the best VPS solutions with a lot more flexibility and control over your environment. We equip you with a state-of-the-art VPS management suite called SolarSystem that can deploy resources for you as and when needed. At Solar VPS, we also provide one of the best technical support offerings. You can choose from a couple of different options, like our Sick Bay technical support module which covers basic MySQL, Apache and PHP management or our Mission Control module which provides 24/7/365 support.

Using A VPS

A virtual private server is an excellent platform for web hosting, among other things. Since you have control over your virtual private server, it lends itself to various usages that require privacy and control. For instance, you can host your private cloud using a VPS, and it will be completely secure and totally under your control. You can also run your analytics with a VPS. You can use your VPS to run large-scale business analytics without the need for a dedicated server. Additionally, if your business is development-focused, a VPS provides you with a perfect sandbox for your development process. Running various development tools is a breeze on a VPS and enables remote development as well. Additionally, you can use your VPS to simulate testing environments for your software applications. With your VPS, you can install the VOIP application of your choice, and run things entirely off of that. This is convenient because you use the VoIP service as and when needed and you don’t need to purchase any extra hardware. Solar VPS has served more than 10,000 clients, and we have the experience to satisfy all your needs. We have thought of everything from a powerful control panel to comprehensive technical support tools. We also ensure that with our plan you pay only for what you need, which means you save on your operating expenses. If you are looking for a flexible VPS solution, you don’t need to look beyond Solar VPS.