While deciding to choose the type of hosting you want, you would come across two terms – managed dedicated server and unmanaged dedicated server. So, what is the difference between these two, and which one is better for you? Let’ see.
It’s a very simple difference as indicated by their naming itself. When choosing a managed dedicated server, your hosting provider will take care of the server administration part. There are two ways in which a managed server can work – either the hosting provider will charge you a higher overall cost or you would be asked to pay for it every time the server needs to be managed.
Different levels of support would be offered by providers. Such as:
- Phone/email support
- Uptime and downtime monitoring
- Usage tracking (CPU or hard drive, RAID, bandwidth)
- Software or tools support
- Updates, OS configuration, debugging, customization, etc
The providing company would usually also setup firewalls, ensure backups are taken in regular intervals, and all server settings not in use would be disabled to prevent security loopholes. Before finalising a managed server option, you should make it a point to ask the providers about every activity covered in the service by default.
On the other hand, you are left to manage your dedicated server with an in-house server administrator/ IT manager or by yourself while going for an unmanaged dedicated server. There would be no support from the hosting provider.
The complete responsibility for the server maintenance would fall upon you. The provider will simply install OS and cPanel for you after setting the hardware, connecting it to internet and allotting the IPs. During emergencies of any kind, you will have to take care of it on your own.
Which is better?
As mentioned above, choosing an unmanaged server puts higher responsibility on you. You do not get to enjoy the strength of solid support from the hosting providers. So, it’s not a choice that is advised unless you are capable of handling it yourself, or you have a server admin to take care of it on your behalf.
Meanwhile, a managed dedicated server is an ideal solution for you if there isn’t a deep level of knowledge or supporting hands for server maintenance. During emergency situations, there would be experienced hands to help you out. This would help you focus on the actual service rather than the support function of server management.
Though managed server seems to cost you more, if you consider the advantages it adds to your business, then it is a better value proposition.
Essentially, the difference boils down to a simple point – on whether your server provider manages the server or not. If you have the chops to manage, an unmanaged dedicated server can be a good choice for you. Otherwise, it would be wise to choose a managed server.