Managed Hosting Web Hosting
There are different kinds of web hosting setups available for businesses requiring an online presence. One setup that is particularly appealing to companies with mission critical sites (but have limited financial and technical resources), is managed hosting. More specifically, managed dedicated server hosting.
This setup is different from standard dedicated hosting, in that it takes a more holistic view towards server needs and attempts to provide everything (including the staffing) that a company would need to be successful from an Internet infrastructure perspective.
Services provided by managed hosts include (but are not limited to):
* Procurement, configuration, installation, monitoring and maintenance of necessary servers, firewalls, and other devices that the customer’s architecture requires (including the operating system, any backend database and server support needed to make the site functional)
* Server connection to the Web (via its own network), and monitoring on a 24 hour basis
* Network security
* Administration services (can include performance and security testing, monitoring, reporting and networking services)
* Customer service and feedback
* Software-related tasks (for an additional fee)
* Variety of hosting-related products including server security products, private networking, and database administration
Because of this, managed hosting is an ideal solution if:
* you’re running an enterprise that supports a high and constant level of traffic,
* your site is your primary source of revenue and needs highly responsive 24×7 support, and guaranteed uptime,
* you have inadequate resources to provide support in a timely way, on all hardware, software, and network functionalities,
* you can’t focus on business issues and keep your servers up and running at the same time
* you can’t afford to hire, train, and retain the technical staff required to maintain your web presence, and
* your site(s) experience high traffic volumes and have complex requirements (ex. ASP, SQL Server, MS Access, shopping carts), or need custom applications
Some of the benefits of managed hosting include:
* more timely implementation of solutions to customer issues (around-the-clock attention and the ability to respond promptly to any network crisis)
* higher reliability than other hosting methods because the host will monitor your server and provide extensive technical support access to ensure maximum server uptime
* lower cost (you don’t need to hire your own IT technicians, your host can supply state-of-the-art technology at a reasonable price and assume financial responsibility for upgrading and updating their software)
* scalability (you can change bandwidth usage and upgrade your server architecture at any time, additional flexibility in terms of supported website functionality and growth options)
* most of the capital costs are conferred onto the host, enabling a tax-advantageous accounting situation
What’s more, you retain full control over your web site or application because managed hosts typically provide clients with full root/administrative access, so you can make changes to your web site, any time. You can also add custom codes (CGI and Java), on your server at your discretion.
When choosing a managed hosting provider, consider checking/visiting their websites and comparing their service offerings, network topology, and reputation.
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