The internet is a powerful tool for business. It allows companies to instantly communicate with their workers. Spreadsheets, presentations, documents, and other vital information are transmitted all over the internet among employees that form the backbone of a business. Aside from employees, the internet has allowed customers to have an online relationship with the companies they buy from. From ordinary pictures and static text on company websites, the experience has evolved into something more interactive. The growth in data exchange has simply been amazing and has fueled a demand to improve both the network and the technology that makes it all work. Companies seek out ways to improve utilization of the power of the internet through websites hosted by service providers. From lower priced shared hosting and the more resource-loaded dedicated servers that cost a pretty penny. Today, the managed hosting, or virtual private server, makes it all happen for the online company without breaking the bank.
The managed hosting is a brilliant solution for companies that are not yet set on spending on a physical server. In a way, the VPS can mimic the physical server and can give companies a control over it. The difference between the physical server and the virtual server is that the virtual server resides within a physical server and can exist with other virtual servers within that very same server. In short, it is a server within a server. A hosting company maintains the VPS for its clients and is in charge of making sure that the site is up all of the time.
Companies looking for a VPS hosting service can look into several providers online in order to check out the different available packages out there. The company can customize the kind of managed hosting service it can get based on its actual needs. Normally, the price for this kind of service largely depends on the following factors:
•The type of processor – companies will charge differently depending on the processor, whether it is single, dual, quad or hex. The kind of processor affects server performance greatly.
•The amount of available RAM – the minimum RAM available for hosting 256 MB, 512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, up to 16 GB. The more available RAM, the greater the amount of information that can be processed.
•The disk and disk size – this dictates the amount of data that the company can put into the server. Depending on the hosting company, the offered disk size can range from 10 GB to 200 GB. Companies will also harp on having Solid State Drives or SSDs. These are supposed to be an improvement over the traditional hard disk drives or HDD. SSDs have no moving parts and are supposed to be less prone to damage compared to HDD.
•Transfer/ bandwidth – bandwidth is critical since it dictates how much activity that the VPS can handle. Packages from different companies range from one terabyte (TB) to a whopping 15 TB.
•Operating System – some companies charge differently for the kind of OS on the VPS. A Linux-based system tends to cost less than a Windows-based one.
With the different configurations available, a managed hosting will set a company back from as low as five dollars monthly to a high of about $300. Some VPS providers can really customize packages and deliver value at just $48 per month.
With the technology and price factors considered, companies will then just decide on which companies to go for when managed hosting is considered. There are companies that offer ways for emergency backups and 24/7 service. Those are also critical points to be considered. Just because something is "budget" friendly does not mean that the service quality has to be low.
Overall, the combination of these factors ensures that a company can upgrade its servers without going overboard with the expenses.