Bill Gordon from wehatemalware.com once described servers as “the blood vessels of the internet.” A server’s primary job is to store files and manage the access of said files by other computers. So, a managed servers play a vital role in making sure your website is accessible by everyone on the internet. There is a sea of different options out there, and choosing the wrong option could leave your website slow or even inaccessible.
The Basics: What is a Dedicated Server?
The first thing you need to know is that there are two kinds of dedicated servers, managed and unmanaged. A dedicated server is simply a single server which is not shared with anyone else. So, dedicated servers provide levels of reliability, performance, control, security, and bandwidth that other types of servers can’t compete with.
Managed Dedicated Servers vs. Unmanaged Dedicated Servers
As a matter of fact, a managed dedicated server means that your host handles the server’s upkeep for you and often includes additional services and products. With managed dedicated servers, all you need to do is send the data to the server. So, everything else is taken care of.
So, using an unmanaged dedicated server simply means that you are responsible for, and in charge of, the upkeep of the server. This means that you will need to monitor the server, scan for viruses, perform your own OS, perform kernel updates, and take care of spam filtering.
Which Type of Server Should You Use?
To help you determine whether a managed dedicated server is right for you, we’ve provided the pros and cons of both managed and unmanaged dedicated servers.
Managed Dedicated Server Pros and Cons
- Advanced 24/7 technical support
- 24/7 uptime monitoring
- System administration support which includes troubleshooting, custom OS installations, and unlimited setup assistance
- Security which includes DDOS prevention, security audits, anti-virus, and anti-spam services
- Also, managed data backup and storage
- Added monthly cost
Unmanaged Dedicated Server Pros and Cons
- You can save a significant amount on a monthly bill
- You have to deal with technical issues on your own
- May need to hire staff to perform server management for you
- Also, you may need to learn how to handle a lot of the server maintenance on your own
Also, if you’re good with server management and/or you have staff dedicated to server management and maintenance. An unmanaged server may save you a significant amount of money. With that said, many businesses are switching to dedicated servers because even though they may be more expensive, the time and resources saved by using a managed setup can be dedicated to growing your business or expanding your marketing campaign.
So, all of the pros listed for dedicated servers are actually the great benefits offered with ServerPronto’s fully managed dedicated servers.
ServerPronto offers the best affordable and secure hosting service in all dedicated server packages.