What is a Managed Server?

Management is never simple, especially when it comes to technical management. While website owners find dedicated servers the ideal way to host their websites on the web, they find their management extremely cumbersome. Web hosting companies rescue businesses by offering in-house management. Thus, dedicated servers are broadly classified into two categories: managed and unmanaged. A managed server is the one that is managed by the hosting company while an unmanaged one is managed by the business that owns it.

What has to be done to manage a server? Let’s find out.

  • The server’s performance has to be monitored continuously.
  • The operating system needs to be updated regularly.
  • The applications on the server need to be updated.
  • The applications should be checked on a regular basis for any failure.
  • The anti-virus and firewall software have to be updated as and when required.
  • Data on the server should be backed up regularly.
  • Troubleshooting should be right and on time.
  • Software should be installed and configured on the server as per the website’s needs.
  • The database has to be monitored and kept updated.
  • Security measures should be taken to detect intrusion.
  • Audits should be performed to monitor the security of the server.

Server management may include more tasks depending on the needs of the business. There are various levels in the management of servers. So, you get fully managed servers, medium managed servers, and self-managed ones. A fully managed dedicated server is definitely your best bet if you want a headache-free model of web hosting. However, if you have the technical expertise to handle a dedicated server internally, you can choose to manage it on your own.