Servers perform the very important function of managing websites so that data is stored and accessible by authorized users. Without servers, it would be virtually impossible for many businesses to attain the online visibility and credibility they have today, which has led to massive growth and development of their business ventures.
These site users and owners have the option of choosing from different kinds of servers to suit their specific individual and business needs. They usually go for either the Cloud VPS servers, the private virtual servers, or the dedicated servers, each suited to meet various needs. Website owners generally prepare to use dedicated servers because they are known to be more flexible, reliable, and secure than other servers.
Site owners who decide to use dedicated servers are left with another dilemma. They need to choose whether they would go for managed or unmanaged dedicated servers. Dedicated servers are private servers that are specifically reserved for performing particular tasks. Dedicated servers are usually a rental service given by a web hosting company.
These web hosting companies could either offer you managed dedicated servers hosting or unmanaged dedicated servers hosting, depending on what you choose. It is important to consider a lot of options before finalizing, as your website’s performance is dependent to a great extent on the type of dedicated server you choose and how well your choice is suited to meet your website needs.
When we say that a dedicated server is unmanaged, we mean that your web hosting service providers deliver the dedicated server to you along with the necessary accompanying hardware, and nothing more. It is a web hosting plan with limited additional services accompanying it.
When you subscribe to the unmanaged dedicated servers plan, you are limiting the responsibilities of the web hosting company to only providing you with the quality dedicated computer server and hardware along with the network. Sometimes, they install operating systems too.
Once they make sure that the hardware and other equipment are functioning properly, their job is done and yours starts. You are responsible for the management of the server and the hardware. This means that the installation of software applications, security, scripts, control panel, operating system, fixing of network issues, and every other management function is your responsibility.
For these reasons, it’s important to note that you should use unmanaged dedicated servers if you have some technical knowledge yourself or if you are comfortable with managing your servers yourself.
Managed dedicated servers can be said to be the direct opposite of unmanaged dedicated servers. They are for site owners who do not want to deal with the additional task of managing their servers at regular intervals. Unlike the unmanaged dedicated servers, the web hosting services take responsibility for not just the provision of the server, network, and hardware but the installation and management of the servers. The only aspect they may not take responsibility for is the management of customized software.
The following are some of the management functions expected of the web hosting service providers:
The differences between a managed dedicated server and an unmanaged dedicated server are clear. For clarity sakes, however, we’d be outlining them below:
Choosing a dedicated server to serve your website needs alone is not enough. You have to take it a step further by having to determine if your business needs a managed dedicated server or an unmanaged one. As already established, the major difference between managed dedicated servers and unmanaged dedicated servers depends on whom the management responsibility falls on.
Many website owners make the mistake of thinking that managed dedicated servers are always better than unmanaged ones. While it is true that managed dedicated servers offer convenience for their users, it would amount to a waste of money if, for example, the business already has the material resources, manpower, and technological know-how to maintain the servers already. Website owners should analyze their needs carefully so as to determine if their businesses support cost effectiveness above lower maintenance risks and vice-versa.