What is Virtual Private Server Hosting and what are the benefits?
Virtual Private Server Hosting or VPS Hosting is essentially a dedicated server within a shared hosting environment. With VPS Hosting, each customer can run their own virtualized operating system within a partition of a dedicated server. Even though multiple customers are on the same physical machine, VPS Hosting allows each customer's account/website to have all the capabilities of being on their own separate machine. This type of hosting offers advanced performance and flexibility with the ability to customize at an affordable price.
How does VPS Hosting differ from Dedicated Server Hosting and Shared Hosting?
While Dedicated Server Hosting offers isolated hardware, where resources such as disk input/output and host network connections are not shared, it also requires a significant upfront investment and a higher level of technical capability to manage it. With VPS Hosting, you share a server with other customers, but remain isolated from those other users on the server. With Virtual Private Server Hosting you are granted your own section of a partitioned dedicated server with a guaranteed threshold of dedicated RAM, storage and bandwidth and have the ability to customize this partition, much like a dedicated server. VPS Hosting provides a more cost-effective and scalable option for growing businesses when compared to Dedicated Server Hosting. On the other hand, with Shared Hosting you share a portion of the server with other users, potentially affecting your output if other users on the same server are experiencing high traffic.
What does high-availability mean for me?
InMotion Hosting’s Virtual Private Servers now combine the power and performance of our classic VPS Hosting plans with perpetual availability of the cloud. Our new and improved infrastructure is setup with a network of clusters in a virtualized environment, each of which contain a number of different highly available servers. These clusters all contain redundant hardware, so if your node fails for any reason, all of your data and files will be safeguarded, and your partition will spin up instantaneously on a different node. Essentially, you receive cloud-like real-time redundancy for your partition.
What can I do with VPS Hosting?
As the stepping stone between Shared Hosting and a Dedicated Server, VPS Hosting provides a powerful, reliable and scalable hosting option for a myriad of different uses and applications. Whether you have a growing business, are looking to set up an online store, building a portfolio or wanting to set up unique applications, VPS Hosting is capable of supporting a number of different situations and configurations. Learn more about which VPS Hosting option is right for you!
Can I configure my own operating system with a Virtual Private Server?
Although multiple VPS accounts are hosted on one physical server, we can run several different virtualized operating systems on that one server. Each of these operating systems will perform as if it was on its own dedicated server, giving you all of the benefits at a fraction of the cost. InMotion Hosting uses Parallels Virtuozzo Container to virtualize the operating system.
What are snapshots?
Our new snapshot feature provides you with the convenience of quickly and easily creating an identical copy of your VPS partition at any time during the development or maintenance process. While this functionality might sound very similar to a data backup conceptually, it is used a bit differently. When you perform a data backup for your partition, the backup files are not actually stored on the same physical server as the source. A snapshot is. You can use snapshots to create an exact copy in real time to revert to should anything unexpected happen when trying to make changes in a development environment.
What additional features come with a Virtual Private Server at InMotion Hosting?
InMotion Hosting’s Virtual Private Server Hosting comes with a number of additional features including high-availability
, snapshots, resource monitoring, free solid-state drives (SSDs), a free full cPanel license, 2-3 free dedicated IP addresses, WHM, CentOS, burstable RAM, automated data backups, unlimited MySQL databses, email accounts and FTP accounts, root access and SSH access.
Will speed or storage be affected by other people on the same server?
No. Unlike Shared Hosting, where all accounts share the same available resources with all the other accounts on the server, VPS hosting gives you your own dedicated CPU, memory and disk space. Your site will not be affected by other users on the same server.
What type of hardware will my virtual private server be hosted on at InMotion Hosting?
All of our Virtual Private Servers run on enterprise factory built and tested hardware from Dell. They are connected to our core router via 20 Gb per second LAG, allowing for low latencies and high speed access to the internet.
What kind of support does InMotion Hosting provide with my Virtual Private Server?
InMotion Hosting offers 24x7x365 support with all VPS Hosting plans. We take pride in providing the best customer support on the market, giving you access to our team of experts via telephone, email, chat or Knowledge Center. We also provide Managed Hosting for a nominal cost, providing you with a dedicated system administrator to help with any technical difficulties you may encounter while setting up or maintaining your Virtual Private Server.
What is Launch Assist?
InMotion Hosting has a Managed Hosting team of system administrators trained to help customers with much more advanced customization, optimization and support. Launch Assist is 2 hours of Managed Hosting upon purchase of your VPS to help you configure your partition almost any way you want it. Normally, these two hours with our top tech guys costs $99, but all VPS Hosting customers receive it free as a part of their purchase.