Whether you choose to purchase or lease a dedicated server, someone will have to look after it to make sure everything runs smoothly.
Managed Hosting Solutions
The main benefit of a managed hosting solution is that a dedicated team of professionals will consistently monitor all vital signs of your network identifying potential threats before they have a chance to materialize.
With a managed hosting solution you get all the following: Hardware management
(installation and database support); software managing (configuration and upgrades) and application administration. Again, a managed hosting solution is perfect for the company who lacks the technical skills or simply does not want to worry about managing their own server.
Unmanaged Hosting Solutions
Unmanaged hosting solutions are perfect for the company who has an IT department or in-house expertise needed to manage a server. In this case, owners would simply co-locate their server inside a data center, pay the monthly rack-space fees and managed their server themselves. You still get the security, connectivity and network redundancy you’d expect from a Tier III or Tier IV facility – minus the hands-on monitoring associated with managed hosting.
What’s best for you?
Do you have the technical skill needed to successfully manage your server? Do you have a dedicated staff to help manage your network? If you answered yes to either of these questions you do not need a managed hosting solution. If however, you don’t have the skill or staff necessary to look after a server, or simply couldn’t be bothered with it, a managed hosting solution is best. Whichever solution you choose to go with will ultimately benefit your business simply because your server will be housed within a secure and redundant environment.