We're looking to develop an internal faculty/staff portal on Drupal for a state-wide college (scattered centers). I believe a VPS is our best route so I keep hearing, but I'm still not certain of the advantages/disadvantages of VPS vs. Dedicated (or I even see Semi-Dedicated)? We obviously need 24/7 uptime and security is a must. We're also looking for a host that manages security, updates, and optimization, ideally on the Drupal end as well. We're looking for a host that also provides the option for Drupal development, because we may want a custom module or two, or a specific authentication implementation? I imagine that this ideal host has a default Drupal install with certain default modules in place?
I'm told that we need:
- approximately 2Gb+ of RAM
- at least 250Gb of disk space
- network storage would be nice
- SSL is a must
- we also would like a sandbox area to perhaps test modules before pushing them to the live site.
does anyone have any recommendations? or advice for a Drupal/host newbie?
Thanks for your time!