Managed vs. Unmanaged Dedicated Web Hosting

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When setting up a dedicated hosting contract for your website or online service, you will need to specify whether you are requesting managed or unmanaged dedicated web hosting. Management, when talking about servers and computers, typically means maintenance and configuration tasks such as applying software updates, making changes to settings, installing new features, and making sure the server is secure from hackers and malware. The two options for server management for dedicated hosting can be defined as follows:

Unmanaged hosting means that the hosting company keeps your dedicated server in their datacenter, providing fire protection and restricting access to authorized personnel, but their technical support staff does not perform other server management tasks. This requires the client to provide their own server management resources.

Managed hosting includes management of the servers in the list of services provided by the hosting company. Under a managed hosting contract, your servers are taken care of by technical support personnel trained and employed by the hosting company.

Server management is sometimes thought to be optional. Just like oil changes on a car, however, if server maintenance is not performed on a regular basis, it is only a matter of time before something goes wrong. If your business depends on your dedicated server being up and running, you don’t want your website to go offline due to out-of-date software, corrupted databases, security breaches, or other problems. Here are several advantages to a managed hosting contract for your dedicated server:.

These advantages offered by managed dedicated web hosting contracts can be extremely valuable to a business that depends on a working and available website to communicate with customers or clients. However, there are a few disadvantages to managed hosting contracts as well:

Whether a managed or unmanaged dedicated server hosting contract is right for you, it is a decision worth considering carefully when setting up hosting for your website. Whether you prefer to hire and supervise your own technical people, or to contract these services at additional cost from your hosting company in exchange for fewer technical and personnel details to worry about, it is important to have a clear understanding of both your business requirements, and the options available to you from your dedicated hosting company

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