When you make the choice to use a dedicated server for your website, you really are using the granddaddy of all services. With this server you get your own space, your own storage, and all your own resources to use however you wish. With all those features and amenities come some other services, such as managed servers. But what is a managed dedicated server? And how do you know when you need one?
A managed dedicated server is one that is actively monitored and maintained by your web host. When that web host supplies you with the dedicated server, they"ll also provide a managed option that will allow them to essentially take care of your server for you. With a managed server, the web host will make all the updates, install patches, ensuring that security measures are installed and put in place, monitoring the network and ensuring that it"s always online, and even replacing hardware components should something break down. All of this takes time and know-how; and it"s these two things that will likely determine whether or not you need a managed dedicated server.
Many business owners find that their company"s website requires the capacity that can be provided by a dedicated server, but that they don"t have the time to maintain one. In this case, a team of IT professionals or an on-site consultant is usually hired for the sole purpose of managing and maintaining the site. However, this can be a very expensive option especially when you consider how affordably priced managed it can be.
Of course, there"s always the fact that not everybody knows how to manage and maintain a server; and this is another reason why many people choose managed servers. Web hosts spend all day every day working with servers, helping troubleshoot them, and maintaining them to make sure that they"re always working properly and that the websites on them are up and running at all times. For those who want a dedicated server, but don"t know what to do with them once they have them, managed servers can also be a good option.
It"s important to know that managed services are typically only available when you are renting or leasing your dedicated server. Many prefer to actually buy their server outright rather than renting it and in this case, standard managed services may not be available. Instead, you may have to choose another option, such as colocation. This service allows you to store your server at another location where professionals can maintain and manage it for you if you choose.
Choosing between managed and unmanaged it is one that you"ll have to think about carefully and weigh all pros and cons before making your final decision. If you"re unsure, speak to your web host and ask whether or not they think managed hosting is right for you. Also, make sure that you can change your mind at any time, should you find that you can handle it on your own; or that you need a little help down the road.
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