Managed hosting information
Having your own dedicated server will give you great flexibility at a high cost. The overall maintenance of the dedicated server takes a lot of time and resources, due to the fact of operating system upgrades, hardware upgrades and other things that may come about. There comes a time in business when you might outgrow your hardware and software, but determining how to scale up is more important than making the upgrade itself.

Using a managed hosting service will give you access to a dedicated server without the day-to-day maintenance and problems. Although you will be able to scale your server to your business needs you won’t have to worry about the management of the server itself.

Why bother with managed hosting?
There are many reasons to go with the managed hosting set up. Listed below are just some of the main reasons why a managed hosting set up may be perfect for you and your business. Without going into so many details, the number one reason for managed hosting is so that you don’t need the IT staff to handle your server. This alone will save your company a lot of money in the long-run. A managed hosting environment allows you to focus on what’s important and not have to deal with the headaches of running a server.

All Quiet on the Home Front
When the server is not working or websites are not functioning properly the stress is pushed to the host first and it is their responsibility to get it up as soon as possible. No one likes a call at three in the morning because a website is not working. This alone is worth a lot of money.

Day-to-day Maintenance
Depending on what operating system you have, most likely the server will require software updates. These updates can be with the operating system or software applications you have loaded on the server. Hardware maintenance is not as common but will come up every so often and down time will be required. Let’s not forget about hardware failures where hard drive replacements are very common.

What types of managed hosting are there?
Depending on your IT resources, you have multiple options when it comes to picking a managed host set up. If you don’t have an IT staff to handle this you can go with a fully managed hosting enviroment. A fully managed hosting environment will leave everything server related on the host themselves. You will not require IT personnel to access the system other than minor needs.

A Semi-managed host environment will allow certain administrators access to the server to handle some of the menial tasks. The major tasks of server upgrades and operating system updates will be placed on the host themselves. Nice to have best of both worlds sometimes.

A self managed host is more or less having your own dedicated server in which you have to have full access to an IT department to handle all the server needs and frustrations.

Depending on your budget and staff finding a managed host may be the right thing for your company. This is a way you can outsource your IT needs without the cost and headaches. All you have to do is find a good provider and you’ll be well on your way to better business. Cloud computing is one of those outsourcing resources that may come in handy down the road.