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Managed and Un-managed Servers: The Difference

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Managed & Unmanaged Servers: The Difference

One of the most frequent questions that we receive from potential clients looking for their first dedicated server every now and then is, "What is the difference between an unmanaged and a managed server?" The first thing that comes to mind is whether or not they need a manage server or not. "If you don't know, then you need a managed server," but we (VPB Servers) always try to be a little more helpful than that and explain the difference to them.

Generally with a Managed Server, a hosting plan is made up of a number of different components. The most basic component is the server hardware itself. The server usually has an operating system installed and various kinds of software used for running websites.
In addition, hosting companies may also offer various services such as automated backups, malware scanning and removal, status monitoring, security sweeps, and more.
These additional features are management services, which is where the “managed” part of the term “managed hosting” comes into play. In essence, managed hosting simply refers to a hosting plan that comes with a number of additional benefits or services.

On the other hand, with an unmanaged server, we setup the hardware, install the OS and a control panel if one is ordered and maintain the network and hardware. Things like installing scripts and software, troubleshooting configuration issues, setting up firewall rules, etc. are all up to the client. Many of our clients have years of experience working with servers and have no problems with this concept of operation while others don’t. For those who’ve got experience with managed servers, we only hear from them maybe once or twice a year when they put in a ticket for a reboot and that is it. Even for those clients I recommend our monitoring services, but as far as support goes, they don't generally need it.

As for the clients that come to us for their first dedicated server, they are often in a different playing field altogether. Some are web developers, programmers, app developers that have written a web app they are looking to launch, some are growing e-commerce sites which have surpassed the resources of the shared hosting accounts that they started with, and some are businesses just looking for a stable platform to host their company website. This type of client wants a platform that just works so that they can do their thing, and they are the perfect candidates for our managed services.

With our managed servers, we provide major services and several other optional services.
Visit our site to know more and avail a suitable plan for your business.

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Thanks for this article I am sure many will fund will find it informative since website hosting is a key factor in any online business.
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Managed VPS hosting VS unmanaged VPS hosting
Comparing the two is easy since managed vps hosting has a lot more advantages than unmanaged hosting.
1. Cost: In the past there was a considerable difference between managed and unmanaged vps packages but this is not the case today. Managed VPS hosting is as low as $25 per month which is very low if you take into account the number of hours you save from having to manage your server.
2. Time: When you order a managed vps server, it only takes a couple of hours to have your server up and running in a properly configured manner but this is not the case with the unmanaged server. It may take hours to manually install and configure the required services.
3. Technical knowledge: No technical knowledge is required for running a managed server. When you need to do something technical all you have to do is contact support and let the skilled technical support operators handle the rest. With an unmanaged server you need to have server administration skills and love working in the command line otherwise it will be very difficult to administer your server efficiently.
4. Security: Website security starts from the server security and if you don’t follow best practices then most probably your website will be exposed to security risks. A server that is managed by the hosting provider will have a better level of security since security is an important chapter for modern data centers.

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