When reviewing your (mt) Media Temple services, or while looking for new ones, you may run across the terms "DV", "VPS", "Self-Managed", or "Managed" servers. This guide was created to help explain the various differences to help you make informed decisions for your hosting.
In terms of everyday terminology, a "Self-Managed VPS" is similar to buying a computer with no applications pre-installed, but you can install applications on your own or run other functions using command-line.
- Media Temple provides the server essentials such as: Disk space, RAM, CPU, and Bandwidth.
- An Operating System (OS) of your choosing: Ubuntu, Debian, or CentOS.
- And will also include root command-line (SSH) to provide a method to install additional components to your server.
This is a great option for advanced linux users, since it allows for high levels of customization and is generally cheaper as there isn't the need for Media Temple to add or manage additional applications.
If you already have an account with Media Temple and see the following as your server-type, then that means you are on a Self Managed server:
- DV Developer
- DV Developer w/ SSD
- (ve) Server
Statement of Support for Self-Managed
Keep in mind that our support teams may be limited on the scope of assistance they are able to provide on a self-managed server, since the majority of the server configuration is done entirely by the customer. Therefore this server type is only recommended for customers with advanced knowledge of linux, or customers who plan to hire their own developers to help manage the server for them.
Media Temple will however provide support on the primary server functions that were pre-installed, as well as other (mt) Media Temple functions, such as the Account Center.
For more information on our statement of support, feel free to click here.
In terms of everyday terminology, a "Managed VPS" is similar to buying a computer with Windows/Apple's OSX pre-installed. This way you don't need to be an expert in command-line or server building in order to get started with your hosting.
- Media Temple provides the server essentials: Disk space, RAM, CPU, and Bandwidth.
- An Operating System (OS): CentOS 6 or CentOS 7
- Root command-line (SSH)
- And a control panel of your choosing: cPanel or Plesk.
Because Media Temple is providing the control panel, it allows our support teams to provide additional assistance that isn't possible with the Self-Managed servers.
This can include updating the Plesk/cPanel version on your behalf, help monitor your basic services such as email, web serving, or FTP, and can help answer technical questions you may have on how to use your server and/or control panel.
If you already have an account with Media Temple and see the following as your server-type, then that means you are on a Managed server:
- DV w/ SSD (CentOS)
- dv (4.0)
Statement of Support for Managed
However, do please keep in mind that troubleshooting the configuration/functionality of third-party applications is not covered by our statement of support. For more information on our statement of support, feel free to click here.