When to hire a managed server?

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I am still managing servers by myself but sometimes I feel difficult with complex errors. I think i should a managed server in the future. What do you think about advantages of a managed server? Differences between managed and unmanaged servers and When to hire a managed server?
 

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I am still managing servers by myself but sometimes I feel difficult with complex errors. I think i should a managed server in the future. What do you think about advantages of a

managed server? Differences between managed and unmanaged servers and When to hire a managed server?
Well everything has his advantages and prices too, if you have budget your best bet is to get managed server because for every error you can request your managed company to fix it.
 

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When an online project requires a certain degree of privacy or resources, it is best to host it on a "private" server, that is on a separate machine - whether they are dedicated servers or VPS which only one client has access. so you can control all the resources.

However, for this machine to work optimally and to remain in good condition in the long term, certain tasks must be performed such as regular updates or configuration of customized applications.

In fact, unlike what happens with shared hosting, when hiring a dedicated server everything related to the installation of programs, configuration, updates and security depends entirely, so we need to have knowledge of systems administration.

Differences between managed and unmanaged servers

Unmanaged servers

The provider puts the hardware or hardware and takes care of it, also trying to be connected to the internet.

Although the server is usually provided with a control panel such as cPanel or Plesk , you must also perform management tasks that can not be carried out from that panel (but must be done through SSH ).

That is, when we hire an unmanaged server, the provider only guarantees that the machine that rents us is operational, without taking responsibility for the problems that may be "inside".

Advantages : reduced costs; independence and total control over resources, access, firewalls, etc.

To whom it is addressed: companies or professionals with personnel specialized in systems maintenance who can dedicate themselves to the monitoring and resolution of problems and the daily management.

Managed servers

In contrast, when a managed server is hired, the provider also handles the configuration and security tasks of the software:

- Monitoring 24 hours a day Both hardware and server services (web, mail, databases) are monitored 24 hours a day, every day of the year, to ensure stability.
- Update of the operating system and components. The programs are kept in the latest more stable version.
- Resolution of technical incidents and doubts. Access to a team of dedicated professionals.
- Making backup copies. Backup copies are made and backups are restored in case of problems.
- In order to adjust the costs of this service, many managed server providers offer different levels of administration adapted to the real needs of the client.

Thus, for example, a basic management plan which may be of interest to digital agencies or businesses that start with a dedicated server, usually includes a standard security configuration, while more complete plans for projects with complex architectures, can require additional firewalls and personalized security reports, in addition to daily backups.

Advantages : outsourcing of routine manual tasks of a technical nature; predictable fees (instead of costs for specific work); access 24 hours a day on servers.

When to hire a managed server
In summary, although the monthly fee for a managed service is higher than that of servers without administration, the outsourcing of server management is especially convenient for webmasters who do not have the technical knowledge to configure a server dedicated or VPS and get the most out of it, or prefer to focus the efforts of your team on tasks specific to your activity and development.
 
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