10 Things your Managed Hosting Provider can do for You
In today’s modern business environment, entrepreneurs are more tech-savvy and wary about different hosting options for their business — from shared hosting or dedicated hosting to VPS. Depending on the business in question or the function of your website, each of these plans are useful in their own right. However, for this post, we will be discussing the server responsibilities your managed host provider can perform for your company.
More hosting companies continue promoting their managed offerings. As a business owner, you may be pondering which approach is suitable for your business. To help you decide, here are 10 bothersome chores you’ll be happy to hands off should your enterprise decide to sign up with a managed hosting provider:
- Sever Monitoring
As a pastime, server monitoring is up there amongst such interesting activities as being stuck in traffic, sorting spare change and watching a Shia Labeouf performance art. Luckily, a managed hosting provider will save you and your staff the trouble of spending long hours scanning through event logs, identifying problems and handling various server-monitoring tasks.
- Software Installation
Is your business in need of a new software platform or app? Just inform the host provider about the type of product your company wants, and they will handle all the difficult installation, testing and troubleshooting work. Sometimes they even suggest the best practices in the industry.
- Software Updates
“Your managed provider can provide you with the latest software updates and install them for you automatically” says Brendan at Umbrellar Cloud Hosting. “They can keep you informed and ahead of competitors, as long as you are using a capable provider.”
- Hardware Purchases
If your company’s web functions suddenly expand or become more complex, you won’t be tasked with the responsibility of planning and deploying current hardware. Just get in touch with your hosting provider and request for an expanded service contract.
- Hardware Repair
Since the server belongs to the provider and is situated at one of its offices, you’ll never need to see the sever and similar associated infrastructure hardware, much less bother about repairing it. Customers are still responsible, however, for repairing workstations and networking apparatus located near or within their own premises.
- Employee Training
With your provider managing your day-to-day hosting responsibilities, such as sever monitoring, software set-ups, software upgrades, hardware acquisition, deployment and maintenance, there would be no need to train your employees to do these chores. Nevertheless, there may be some situations where the host provider will need to put them through minor roles.
- Data Backups
The host provider will automatically backup any company data that is stored on its servers. It’s not common for host providers to lose customer data as data protection is one of their top priorities. Still, as a double check, it is advisable for your company to keep its own set of backup, just in case of unforeseen circumstances.
- Physical Security
When using a managed hosting plan, all the servers and associated hardware are located at the provider’s data centre. This means that it is the provider’s responsibility to ensure that the equipment is well protected. If you are working with a trusted provider, you may not need to bother yourself about breaches in security.
- Disaster Recovery
You may be bothered by other physical problems such as a burgled office, fire disaster in the cafeteria, flood or vandalism, but your business’ web operations are always going to be intact. Fortunately, they are hosted offsite and will continue to operate as usual.
- Carrier Negotiations
Since managed hosting agreements include a particular amount of bandwidth, customers are saved from the arduous task of negotiating with carriers for bandwidth deals. Also, because providers are naturally familiar with the market and have been in the business, they are in a better position to make useful negotiations.
The managed hosting plan does save you a ton of work! Have you made up your mind yet?