If you own a large corporation, you have the internet infrastructure to host your own web servers. You have a team of IT professionals on call at all times to maintain and manage the site. You may even have web designers on staff to create new elements at any time an update is required. However, if you run a small business or even a medium sized operation, you probably don’t have these kinds of resources. So you need another option for hosting your website. For most companies, managed hosting is a good option, and here is why:
First of all, lets look at unmanaged hosting. Unmanaged hosting is a term that is applied to the example we used when referring to large corporations. If you are hosting your own servers and taking care of all the software updates, hardware maintenance, and other necessities of this operation, you are using unmanaged hosting. There is no one else but you managing any part of the system.
On the other side of the spectrum is managed hosting. This can take on a few different forms. Some people use the term managed hosting to mean any hosting that is in any way managed by someone other than the website owner. If this is the case, then when you sign up for paid hosting on the web, you are signing up to have someone else manage your hosting. Your website will be run on the server of the hosting company you choose.
You can select various levels of involvement with these paid hosting companies. Some people who are only looking to set up a sort of online brochure will use the templates provided by the hosting company to create their own basic five to twenty-five page website. Others hire a web designer either through the hosting company or through another source to design from scratch a website that is suited for their clients needs and their marketing strategy.
Managed hosting, businesses are finding, can also be more complex than this model. Today, you have the option of running your website with some partial ownership that is not available with the paid hosting companies. This method is called managed co-location and involves the rental of space and the use of someone else his IT department.
Managed co-location works like this: You rent or purchase your own server machine and store it in a facility that has a dedicated server line for all serves stored in a single rack. The advantages to this set up are many. First, the cost of a high bandwidth DSL line is out of reach for most small businesses. But if several servers are sharing the same line, you can get faster speeds for less money. You also get better redundancy and higher security at a facility that is set up to run specifically for this purpose.
In addition, a managed hosting co-location will offer you the ease of a team of IT professionals who can install software updates and maintain hardware as well. So if you are looking to have more control over your hosting, check out the companies that offer co-location in your area.