Perfect for businesses that want turn-key hosting solution that handles everything from hardware to operating system (OS) and support. Managed hosting encompasses everything from colocation to dedicated servers and the cloud. It’s quickly becoming the differentiator in the cloud marketplace as Amazon, Microsoft, and Google compete among themselves.
What is Managed Hosting?
Managed hosting is a form or an extension of colocation, dedicated server, and cloud hosting. The term is slightly ambiguous which has led to each service provider delivering a slightly different version of the same service; all under the heading of managed hosting.
The basic premise of managed hosting is that the required hardware is owned by the hosting provider and is leased to a single client. It differs from other forms of hosting, however, in the fact that the day-to-day management and maintenance of the servers is handled by the hosting provider rather than by the clients themselves.
The ambiguity in the term managed hosting stems from the different levels of management available. Managed hosting is available in fully managed and al la carte as in specific managed services. The most common managed hosting plans include: server monitoring, security, backup and storage, server configuration and maintenance, and support.
Why Would You Use Managed Hosting?
There are several reasons why your business should consider managed hosting. Managed hosting greatly reduces the burden on IT departments and staff allowing them to focus on other areas of the business. It also ensures that your websites, applications, and mission critical data are available without interruption or minimal interruption. Managed hosting is especially good for businesses that require a high level of security. This includes businesses operating in financial services or healthcare.
Benefits of Managed Hosting
Reliability: Managed hosting ensures that your businesses websites, applications, and data are available without interruption. This is due to 1) your servers being hosted in a secure and redundant data center and 2) around the clock monitoring, administration, and support services by a professional IT staff.
Security: Similar to colocation or dedicated server, managed hosting provides an extra layer of security. Managed hosting typically includes managed firewalls, gateways, and monitoring services. This helps protect you from DDoS attacks, hacking and data breaches. Managed hosting is great for compliance hosting such as HIPAA or PCI-DSS.
Support: Managed hosting is ideal for businesses that do not have an IT department, are understaffed, or have staff working on other projects or tasks. You can expect increased support capabilities and managed services including remote hands, OS updates and patches, load balancing, and monitoring.
Performance: Managed hosting allows you to optimize performance for your business today and in the future. Managed hosting allows you to purchase more computing power as you grow and have the resources in place to manage it.
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