As companies naturally migrate to virtual servers, there are a number of things that they should expect to encounter on their journey, starting with the purchase itself.
Many VPS providers will want companies to double or even triple-confirm their information before providing a server instance in order to prevent spammers. While this may seem unnecessary, this level of security will ultimately benefit the industry as a whole. Next, an instance size for the server must be chosen as well as a Linux operating environment. Many providers will claim that they will call to confirm and assist with setup in a particular time frame, but this often gets missed in the shuffle and companies may have to take the initiative.
A typical address will include one publicly-reachable IP address and a company will begin getting billed as soon as the account is activated. Even if the server is shut down or closed, bills will still have to be paid – there a few notable exceptions such as Amazon, where simply shutting down rather than erasing a server will be sufficient for payments to stop.
Companies will then be given access to their data via a VPS dashboard, and if the system fails, the VPS will simply be moved or reappointed, and this brings companies to the biggest issue with VPS – backups. While providers offer many backup services, companies would do well to ensure that they have their own unique and reliable backup systems in the case that an I/O becomes overwhelmed or other unexpected issues crop up.
While the virtual server market has seen leaps and bounds worth of improvements in the last five years, knowing what to expect – good and bad – is essential in choosing a provider.