A dedicated server can bring in all its benefits only if it is managed well. That is the reason one needs to make sure that one can manage it before investing in it. You will obviously want to manage it on your own. But, it may not be a good idea always. First, it requires time – something that you would like to invest in your business. Second, you need expert resources. This means some amount of investment here. Instead of investing time and money in managing the server on your own, why not go for managed hosting?
Yes, managed hosting is expensive. But if you look at all its benefits, the expenses don’t look gigantic. And if you can afford it, I would say outsource the management of your dedicated server.
The biggest benefit of managed hosting is the peace of mind you get. And a good thing about managed hosting is that you don’t necessarily have to go for fully-managed hosting. Instead, you can opt for partially-managed hosting or colocation hosting. While partially-managed hosting means that the service provider takes care of certain management tasks, colocation hosting means that your server resides in the premises of the service provider and is maintained by it. With managed hosting, you can be sure of round-the-clock support. And you can relax knowing that your server is in professional hands.
Make sure you go through the offers of different service providers and compare them before you choose one to outsource your server’s management to.