Well, saying about managed services on dedicated hosting, the server management services differs from provider to provider and their terms. There is no standard set for defining the role of dedicated server providers. Some of the website hosting providers offer a fully managed dedicated server as owning a web based control panel while some state that they have a fully professional system engineers available to provide round the clock server management support.
Which are the services one should look for in a server management?
* Antivirus Updates
* Firewall Services
* OS updates
* Application/Program updates
* Software/Application Installation and Configuration
* Regular Server Monitoring
* Application/Program Monitoring
* Load Balancing
* Security Audits
* DNS Services
* Restoration and Backup
* Database Administration
* DDoS Protection
* Intrusion Detection
* User Management
Before, choosing a dedicated server hosting you should make sure the service provider offers you the above server side services. Server side means these services are only accessible to the dedicated server providers. It doesn’t mean that a server owner won’t get any access, they gets access to many other services such as root or remote access to the dedicated server.
Most of the web hosting companies do keep Administrative maintenance which includes upgrades and updates, configuration, adding / creating / managing user accounts, email accounts and domains.
Terminologies defined in Server Management:
Hosting providers use few terminologies depending on the level of service they offer. Let us see what they are.
It is a high-level server management which includes monitoring, software updates, reboots, security patches and operating system(os) upgrades. Clients are completely free from these headache’s and are able to focus on their core business.
It is a medium level of management service includes monitoring, updates, and a limited amount of customer and tech support. On managed hosting clients are able to carry out limited tasks.
In this kind of service, only regular monitoring and some maintenance are included. As you lease your own server you may need to have some technical knowledge with web servers, to perform your own management and administrative tasks. In case, ifyou don’t have any technical knowledge, hire a technical expert who can handle your server management tasks.
In this service the dedicated server hosting provider offers you only the Network Connection and required resources according to the package. It is the clients responsibility to handle all the server maintenance, upgrades, patches and security.
Take your own time to go through these services and decide which dedicated server hosting service is better for your business.