The difference between managed and unmanaged hosting

Milou de Kleijn, August 29, 2017

Are you on the lookout for a new hosting provider or hosting strategy? If so, it is certainly worth carefully considering the choice between managed and unmanaged hosting. What are the main differences between these two options? And does either option offer significant benefits over the other? This article offers insight into this topic and provides a summary of the key differences between managed and unmanaged hosting.

Unmanaged hosting

Unmanaged hosting is when the hosting provider only provides the server and the management system. The provider replaces defective parts, keeps the network in order and reboots the servers if necessary. The rest is up to you. The installation of supplementary software and security patches, resolution of reported faults and provision of back-ups, etc., are all matters that become your responsibility in the case of unmanaged hosting.

Managed hosting

Opting for managed hosting? In this case the provider offers support for all tasks and potential problems with your IT network. The supplier is therefore responsible for any maintenance to the server. You receive full support in matters such as network maintenance and modification or updating of the virtual hardware and the management system. With managed hosting, if issues arise with your server, it is up to the hosting provider to offer a solution. Managed hosting also includes automatic back-ups, continual monitoring and regular security updates by the hosting provider.

Key benefits of managed hosting

From a cost perspective, unmanaged hosting appears to be the most favourable choice. However, you do miss out on a few important benefits that managed hosting offers. We list the most important below.

  • Managed hosting provides for active server monitoring. The hosting provider constantly checks for problems or irregularities that could cause system failure. Available disc space and web services are included in these monitoring activities.
  • Managed hosting offers additional security thanks to strict security checks by genuine experts. They implement regular security updates, establish the appropriate configurations for your firewall, and keep close watch for viruses or spam with harmful attachments.
  • A recent study by DELL EMC shows that many companies are still relatively unprepared for loss of data. They are losing an increasing amount of data and often have no disaster management plan in place to deal with the loss. Managed hosting makes provision for regular back-ups. Those are then stored at a separate and secure location.
  • Scalability is a significant and sometimes underrated advantage of managed hosting. Naturally, the demands placed on your IT network by the needs and requirements of your business activities can fluctuate. A functionality that is not yet required in the start-up phase may become critically important in a later phase of growth. Managed hosting offers the option of smooth and timely up-scaling.

Savvii’s managed hosting services

Opting for managed hosting from Savvii offers a number of additional benefits. For example, we do our utmost to make your WordPress website(s) even faster. Savvii offers proven functionalities, such as a free CDN, nginx and Varnish caching, amongst others. In addition, we provide updates automatically and offer the option of creating simple snapshot back-ups. You can also migrate your website(s) to our platform easily using our quick and easy relocation plugin. Our technical helpdesk possesses all the specialist expertise needed to provide efficient assistance with any system issues that may arise. View our packages to find out more about the available options for Savvii’s managed hosting services.

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