Managed Hosting Services are now provided by numerous web hosting companies. Previously, Managed Hosting was much more costly than the unmanaged. However, now due to increase in competition; several web hosting companies has reduced the cost difference between a Managed Hosting and Unmanaged hosting.
What is this Managed Hosting Service actually is?
A Managed Hosting is typically used for the dedicated servers, although it is now getting used for Virtual Dedicated Servers as well.
In Managed Hosting, the web hosting company provider all the needed cares for the servers. A Managed Server is not only set up by the provider, but also they maintained as a part of package for Managed Hosting. All updates and security patches are cautiously installed by experienced system administrators in case of Managed Hosting.
The whole thing about Managed Hosting is much more effective than if you do it yourself and waste time and energy.
The system administrator tests the updates in detail, adjust configurations and prevent conflicts in Managed Hosting.
Maintenance of the Managed Server by Managed Hosting Services
Managed Hosting provider cares about the maintenance work for you. He is responsible for the safety and security of data. For this reason, Managed Hosting are of course more expensive than an unmanaged server. There is a managed server has a limitation regarding the use or installation of software on the server.
But, it is not so easy to think that a Managed Hosting is the method of choice. For a Blog or Forum, it does not matter if the database or the whole backup is copied by a morally inclined Managed Hosting Administrator. But, for a bigger e-commerce website, it will be terrible.
Advantages of Managed Hosting compared to Unmanaged
You are paying more for a Managed Hosting and to solve a problem, you just need to inform the System Admin in case of a problem.
For blogs and forums, think the time and energy is lost if you have to search all over the Internet to solve a core Linux related problems.
Understanding the problems, drawbacks of Managed Hosting
The security problem is not to be underestimated in case of Managed Hosting as we have said before. If a server is compromised, the offender can manipulate the data on your server. He can spy on your business data and customer accounts. This allows a hacker to send spam through your server, for example, or offer to download CP photos, cracked softwares etc.
You are thinking of getting legally blamed? No, that is not much real problem as you can show your Managed Hosting was compromised. The major problem is it will overload your server and eat the bandwidth.
A Managed Hosting is in most cases a better choice than an unmanaged server and suitable for the starters specially.