|By Debbi Cole||
|March 19, 2013 06:56 AM EDT||
Managed server hosting refers to a hosting company managing servers for its clients and providing them with the tools and resources necessary to run their businesses. Hosting companies employ full-time administrators that maintain the servers – something that users would have found themselves or people they had hired doing in their stead.
While this is something that may sometimes scare people, deciding to go with managed server hosting may in fact prove to be the most sensible decision for some people - especially beginners that do not have a big budget to run their server and that are not too sure of where to begin.
Here are some benefits of managed server hosting.
- Easier to Manage: Going with managed server hosting give people a certain peace of mind – and for a reason! Users do not need to worry about the technical details of running their platform at all; everything is laid out simply and nicely before them. Companies take care of everything.
- Security: Webmasters need not worry about security. The hosting company does everything in its power to secure the website and make sure it is protected against virus and unauthorized access.
- Support: Hosting companies deploy all the help that is necessary in order to make sure their clients are satisfied, be it online or on the phone. Most of their help lines are available 24/7.
- Back-ups: Most hosting companies also offer back-up facilities and recovery features, something that is crucial to most webmasters.
- Saves Clients Money: Though some hosting companies may seem to charge a lot for their service, in the long run they help clients save money because the latter do not need to hire any professionals to manage their server.
- Bandwidth: Users find themselves able to upgrade or downgrade their bandwidth with just a few clicks.
- Equipment: Managed server hosting also saves users money when it comes to equipment. By choosing to go with hosting companies webmasters rent the latter’s equipment. They do not have to worry about buying their own – something which can prove to be painfully costly after some time. Additionally, when the equipment breaks users do not need to worry about the repair costs as the company will cover them all.
- Time: Though this one might be evident, the amount of time that going with a hosting company saves someone is worth more than everything they offer. Instead of worrying about training people and making sure their server are upgraded to the latest technology, webmasters can instead use that time in another more important way.
- Updates: Operating system and software updates are always being taken care of by the administrators.
- Fits everyone’s Needs: A hosting company will ensure that their clients’ needs are met through specialized solutions.
Managed server hosting companies like http://www.serverspace.co.uk also offers a wide array of features and options that can be found in control panel software. They can be used to give a website a more professional look or simply to adjust the services to fit a webmaster’s needs. Before deciding if managed server hosting is not for someone, the latter should make sure that their knowledge and resources can handle managing a server by themselves. While some people do that easily, some others find themselves switching to managed server hosting after some time.
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