Managed Hosting is sometimes considered an extension of dedicated hosting, where the hardware is owned by the hosting provider and they lease it out to a single client. All the equipment is held at the service provider’s end and they manage the day to day work for the client. Managed Hosting is generally used by individuals and businesses to reduce the amount of work they need to put in to maintain their server. In Managed Hosting some of the services that are provided are trouble shooting, server monitoring, Maintenance, Hardware and software upgrading, backup services and Security services. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why Managed Hosting should be used:
- Limited Knowledge: Some web sites may need a day to day handling as it may attract lots of customers. But the clients may not have the technical knowhow to maintain and manage the server and thus such businesses use Managed Hosting for their business. The web host is better at handling critical server issues because of their concentrated knowledge.
- Limited Time: Many people may dedicate themselves to other tasks at hand and therefore may not have the time to handle the server as needed. Such people prefer using Managed Hosting to make their day to day work easier. This also frees up time for the client’s IT department to concentrate on other things.
- Better Security and Maintenance: Using Managed Hosting gives an image of reliability as the Host will take care of security issues using information available at their data centre. Also they take care of all types of Maintenance, thus freeing up time for the clients IT people to do their work. The Host generally provides 24/7 maintenance which is usually difficult for people who work a 9 to 5 job in their business.
- Ease Of Use: This is one of the most significant advantages of using a Managed Hosting. There is no need to have any technical knowledge to use a managed hosting environment. Also, as specialised IT department people are a bit on the expensive side, having your own servers may end up being more costly than hiring a Managed Host.
Thus Managed Hosting is usually considered as one of the better choices in hosting when you are faced with limited knowledge, time or money. Managed Hosting usually has dedicated people to take care of all the client’s needs 24/7 and also frees up enough time for businesses to concentrate on their work. It also works out to be cheaper in the long run than hiring your own team of highly qualified IT people and thus you can use your money someplace else to improve your business!