If you’re considering switching to a dedicated server or you’re having difficulties managing your dedicated server, consider opting for managed dedicated server services. Managed services are ideal for businesses that are in need of a dedicated server, but don’t have the time, resources or skills to devote to managing it themselves.
Managed dedicated servers offer many benefits. You have all of the advantages of a dedicated server such as adequate bandwidth, reliability, stability and security. Yet with managed services, there’s no need for any technical knowledge at all to maintain your website. With managed web hosting, the provider takes care of technical issues involving your dedicated server website, including installation and maintenance of equipment and software.
Although you can sign up for managed dedicated server services that leave you in charge and in control of administrative tasks involved with your website, it’s not necessary. Managed services can include handling administrative functions, as well. Usually each managed service client is assigned a single representative who is responsible for serving their needs, providing the added benefit of personalized customer support and service.
By contrast, with unmanaged dedicated server services, the customer is responsible for installing and managing the server. This usually involves a substantial amount of time, and technical expertise is required.
Many businesses start out with managed dedicated server services when they’re ready to upgrade to a dedicated server. It’s possible to acquire the technical know-how to manage a dedicated server independently over time, and managed services can be downgraded to unmanaged services. However, managed services offer so many benefits, many businesses opt to stick with managed services long term. They feel the cost saving isn’t worth the time, effort and expense it takes to manage their server independently.
There is one potential benefit to unmanaged dedicated web hosting besides cost savings. For some, the flexibility and freedom offered by unmanaged hosting is an advantage.
If you have the technical skills and time to carry out ongoing server maintenance including security and software upgrades, altering configurations and adding patches, unmanaged dedicated web hosting may be right for you. However, don’t overlook all costs associated with unmanaged services. You’ll be responsible for software licenses as well as the storage and physical maintenance of the server. Equipment and utility costs are two other sources of expense to consider. While it may seem that managed dedicated server services are more costly, oftentimes this isn’t the case.