Managed Server Definition
If you run a significant portion of your business operations online, you probably already know of the hassle of finding the right hosting service. Did you know that the problem can be mitigated by purchasing a managed server? A managed server is your own dedicated hosting service that also provides data storage services. In addition, managed servers have their own maintenance and backup systems.
It is important not to confuse managed servers with dedicated shared servers. Shared servers only lease out a part of their memory space to host the clients' website or websites. Managed servers are solely for their clients; they can use as much of the space as they please. A managed server affords the client the maximum amount of resources for the best allocation of their time and energy.
Needless to say, managed servers are only best for medium to large businesses. If you only have a small personal website, you probably do not need a managed server unless you are very worried about possible down-time. This is not a baseless concern, but unless you take your personal website and turn it into a business, you will be better off sticking to a smaller hosting service.
The one big advantage of managed servers is that they relieve the clients of having to maintain the servers themselves. As a matter of fact, the company that owns the server basically rents it out to clients, usually on a monthly basis. The company programs the server at the clients request, makes any changes and keeps it physically secure.
There are some disadvantages to managed servers, however. The largest disadvantage is the cost. Managed servers cost much more than ordinary hosting accounts. Companies want to recoup the costs of running multiple servers at once, and the most typical method is to charge high prices.