Managed Hosting

What is Managed hosting?Managed hosting can have different meaning depending on the provider. Usually its an extension of dedicated hosting, but the difference is that the management and maintenance on the servers is handled by the hosting provider, and not by the client. You get the same functionality of dedicated hosting but help with the day-to-day management of the servers. The level of management is usually what differs the different kinds of managed hosting services. It usually includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Server monitoring: The process of scanning the servers in search of irregularities and potential failures. If this is not scanned regularly minor errors can evolve into major issues or service disruption.

Security: This is virus scanning, spam filtering, firewall configuration and operation system updates in addition to standard physical data center security measures.

Full back-up and storage: If your company looses data it can become very costly in money, time and consumer trust. With a back-up both vital and all critical or personal information is backed up and stored securely.

Server configuration and maintenance: Managed hosting providers usually offers staff that is specialists, with expertise that ensures you that the servers always run smoothly.

Support: Some of the managed hosting providers offer a bigger range of support where you often can reach the company easily through an 24/7 telephone support.

There are some additional benefits to managed hosting that can include flexibility to adapt the service to be whatever you company needs, reduced cost of operation and more effective use of resources.

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Glossary

Cloud application – a software application that is never installed on a local machine and is always accessed over the internet.

Cloud portability – the ability to move applications (and often their associated data) between different cloud computing environments offered by different cloud providers.

Cloud provider – a company that offers a cloud-based platform, infrastructure, applications or storage services for others to use.