Managed And Unmanaged Servers In Dedicated Hosting

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The hard part is done; you realized that you needed higher bandwidth, more storage, and a better performance for a traffic-heavy site, so you chose dedicated hosting.  Now all you need to figure out is whether or not your business is better off with unmanaged or managed dedicated hosting. Both are good options, but it really depends on the level of responsibility you want for the equipment and how much you’re willing to pay for the cost of the service.   

An unmanaged server may seem daunting but most companies will have an IT manager capable of managing a dedicated server

Unmanaged Servers

When you have unmanaged hosting, you bear the responsibility of maintaining your server (configuring your server, updating software, providing security…). However this option also gives you the most flexibility with your server as you’ll have full root access and greater possibilities for customization, so you can install whatever control panel you want, any software, applications, and more. This is great as long as you or someone that’s employed at your company is an experienced webmaster and can take advantage of the freedom of unmanaged hosting, while also providing the type of maintenance necessary. If this isn’t the case, you should choose a managed dedicated hosting service. The advantage of choosing unmanaged hosting is that it’s often cheaper than paying for managed hosting, i.e. paying $95 instead of $195.

It’s true that managed hosting costs more, but it also means that you don’t have to worry about dealing with the complex features of your server

Managed Servers

It’s true that managed hosting costs more, but it also means that you don’t have to worry about dealing with the complex features of your server. Security, software upgrades, configuration of settings, and general maintenance are all taken care of for you, but you have less flexibility when it comes to choosing the specific software you want, the operating system (different varieties of Linux or a Windows server), the amount of bandwidth and disk space, the processor, and the control panel (often cPanel or PLESK). This is the best option for you if you don’t have experience performing administrative tasks on a server or if you simply don’t have the time to devote to the maintenance of your server.

Whether or not you choose unmanaged or managed hosting will not affect the physical maintenance of the server. Since you’re leasing a server from a hosting company, the hardware itself is protected in a datacenter, which is most often equipped with an administrative team that provides 24 hour surveillance and security. 

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