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Managed Hosting: Taking the Burden off the Client

The world grows ever more complicated as technology advances, and not every business can devote resources or manpower to specializing in IT – no more than a farmer can milk his own cows, and then leave the farm to accompany the milk yield to the factory and take part in the process that converts it into cheese or butter.  Managed hosting, which takes the burden of running a website off the client, is not exactly a new idea, but certainly one that is growing in popularity all the time.  With managed hosting, the customer does not have to spend any extra time managing his hosting as long as he is content to pay the experts to do it for him.  He is free to carry on with his own business, whatever it may be, and let the web hosting provider worry about issues connected with this aspect of his business.

The advantages are many.  The system is more cost effective, because the hosting provider already has technical experts hired – and retained in his employment – for their level of experience, knowledge and competence in managing hosting.  If they were not good at their jobs, they wouldn’t be working for the provider.  These are career geeks who live and breathe IT. Chances are, the client will not have anyone like this on his payroll.  This is because he would be obliged to devote money, time and personnel to learning how to run the hosting; to troubleshooting, updating, finding technical support and managing security issues.  At the end of the day he and his personnel will still not be experts at this, and his efficiency will suffer as a result.  Which option sounds better to you?

When you add some of the other benefits that come with server management, such as server monitoring and updates, application monitoring, hardware monitoring, management, server maintenance and technical support, firewall services, security audits, anti-virus updates and intrusion detection, protection against DDoS, load balancing, database administration, performance tuning and disaster recovery, you will see how many advantages managed hosting has for the average business.  Providers of managed hosting will also offer administrative maintenance of the operating system, often including upgrades and security patches.  According to the type of hosting, management may also include domains, daemon configuration, even custom designed programming.  The client may or may not even understand what some of these are, but he can sleep well at night knowing it is the expert’s job to ensure they stay fully functional, effective and trouble-free.

Of course, businesses may opt for lower levels of management than “fully managed”.  In “managed” hosting customers may perform some tasks but leave the majority of the management work to the provider.  In “self-managed” the provider will perform regular monitoring and some maintenance while the client provides most operations and tasks on the dedicated server.  In unmanaged hosting the provider has little involvement, other than providing the server, while the client performs all maintenance and updates and is responsible for his own security.

Posted by admin on June 19th, 2011 :: Filed under Managed Hosting
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