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What is a managed server?

A managed server is maintained by a team of experienced server technicians who install software, security updates, monitoring, and hardware configuration to keep servers running at peak performance. Most hosting companies that offer dedicated servers also include managed dedicated server hosting as part of their hosting services.

Available services on managed servers

Managed dedicated server hosting providers offer a variety of features you can customize or purchase as a prepackaged service. Features include the following.

  • Managed firewall for added security.
  • Operating System reinstall.
  • Third party software installation and support.
  • Server monitoring.
  • Transaction reporting.
  • Hardware replacement.
  • Consulting advice on how to scale your server farm or server cluster.
  • 24/7/365 dedicated support by phone, chat, email and sometimes a dedicated account representative.
  • Premium bandwidth.
  • Service License Agreement (SLA).

Benefits of using managed servers

There are many benefits to using managed servers. Hosting companies and hosting providers that specialize in managed services, managed servers, and managed dedicated servers, have the resources, infrastructure, and cost-effective means to keep your servers running. Additional benefits of using managed servers include the following.

  1. Guaranteed uptime.
  2. Scalability.
  3. Cost effective.
  4. High availability or maximum uptime.
  5. Daily management and maintenance.
  6. Support.
  7. Security.
  8. Custom built servers.
  9. Virtual IT department.
  10. Lower upfront costs.
  11. Faster deployment.
  12. Access to certified experts.

Ideal uses for managed servers

Small, medium, and large enterprises take advantage of the benefits of using managed servers. Ideal uses for managed servers include:

  • Disaster recovery solutions.
  • Mission critical applications.
  • Custom applications and websites.
  • Hosting sensitive data.

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