Not everyone can manage a server because it can easily turn into a full time job, even for the most experienced technical professional. This is why dedicated server management can be quite important for those who need a dedicated server, without all of the extra work that a server entails. There are two options when looking at server management. These are web hosting company management and third party server management. Both solutions have their own distinct advantages and disadvantages.
One of the biggest advantages of going with a hosting company’s management of your server is that it’s easy to order. When you get yourÂ managed dedicated server hosting, you can choose to add on a server management plan. Sometimes it’s an easy to order plan while other times it involves a flat hourly fee for the management expertise that you need. Either way, it’s an easy way to ensure that your server is properly managed and secure without a lot of extra hassles.
Another advantage of using hosting company management for your dedicated server is that they have direct access to your server. If something goes wrong that requires physical access to the server, then your team can easily get access and fix the problem. Furthermore, they are experts in the type of server you are using and can quickly find and fix issues before they become larger issues that require downtime. By having access and expertise, you can have a much better hosting experience. The best hosting experience can also impact how well your online company functions, which can affect the bottom line.
A third advantage of web hosting company management of your company’s server is that they offer a very easy to maintain relationship. As long as you host with them, then they are automatically handling your dedicated server and making sure that any security problems are fixed and that the server is always running in the most efficient way possible. This easy to maintain relationship is simple to deal with and instead of having multiple layers, there is just one to be concerned with.
Trust is very important in any kind of relationship and hosting is no exception. Having your hosting company manage your web server means that there is just one less layer to go through for security issues. You are only trusting your data and proprietary information with only your host rather than your host and a third party manager. It’s easy to see how using a professional web hosting company will increase the trust level in the business relationship.
It is very important to realize that the web hosting company chosen is of paramount importance, so that you get all that you had hoped for. Web hosting companies are busy so they are not overflowing with time to handle an issue that may seem trivial to them but is extremely important to you. It can seem sometimes as though the hosting is the product and the management is just an afterthought. However, as issues arise, they can be solved to everyone’s satisfaction as long as the hosting company chosen is professional and well-staffed with technical support.
When looking at a third party server management team for your server, one of benefit can be the level of personalized attention that you can get from the management team. This means that your third party management team understands your company’s needs and is able to respond to them when you need them to, which can result in a faster turnaround time.
Third party management teams can also be costly, so it is important to go over your budget in detail before making a commitment. If you need extremely specialized installation of web based apps, it would be prudent to go over the cost of maintaining them and see if your web hosting company is experienced and can handle it. Third party management teams are usually well aware of countless web apps and know how to install them on any server architecture.
Along the same lines as above, a third party server management team usually knows how to get the max out of a server. They won’t try to sell you into a higher priced server package when all you need to do is tweak your server by adding a php cache or by modifying your apache or mysql configurations. Every little tweak helps you get the most out of your server while minimizing your costs and a more productive server means a more productive business.
Using a good web hosting firm along with a third party server management team is also an option for the more advanced and technically complex situations. A server team can keep you aware of quality issues concerning your hosting and even help with a server move if it’s warranted. They can make sure that everything stays seamless for you.
Some disadvantages of going with a third party managed dedicated server team alone, is that they aren’t the web host. Sometimes issues arise that can only be taken care of at the server rack. Therefore, the team needs to be prepared to deal with web hosting support to have issues resolved.
It is a good idea to take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of third party solutions to see what is important and how to best support your company and then make the choice. Often, a blended solution can offer the best security in terms of support, and ensure that your online presence is handled with the best technical expertise available.
Superb Internet provides a complete range ofÂ managed dedicated server and web hosting solutions, from virtual shared web hosting through to high-volume, mission-critical dedicated server solutions. SuperbHosting.net’s core focus is customer service, and continuous service improvement, with offices and 24-hour/365-day operations in McLean, VA, Tukwila, WA, and Vancouver, BC, serving customers in over 150 countries worldwide.
View further information onÂ Dedicated Servers here.