This question is often asked by both newcomers and seasoned professionals, alike . The ambiguity lies more in the hosting providers ability to deliver additional managed services, than with its unclear definition.
Simply put, Managed Hosting is a form of Dedicated Hosting, where a hosting company undertakes the upkeep and management of a server (normally a dedicated server), its operating system and a number of critical applications which allow it to serve webpages or function within its core role, typically a web server hosting a website. The servers and devices are owned by the Internet Service Provider (ISP) or hosting provider and leased by a single client only. Unlike standard Dedicated Hosting, the ISP manages the day-to-day management of hardware, operating systems and standardized applications
Typically built into Managed Hosting are technical services such as hardware and software setup and configuration, maintenance, hardware replacement, technical support, patching, updating and monitoring. Also available, usually at additional cost, are advanced services like vulnerability scans, DDoS attack mitigation, data backups, load balancing, firewalls, intrusion detection and more
Ideally when selecting your Managed Hosting provider, you should be sure that they are someone you can trust and have a good relationship with. Three of the most important benchmarks to consider for managed hosting companies are:
Most companies now have this under control, but it’s always important to check up. Reliability usually applies to their network and connectivity. At Netcetera, we guarantee that our network will be available 99.9% of the time. Many companies offer this but not many have gone to the extent of having a fully Gigabit switched network, Multiple separate backbone providers, redundant routers and fibre coming in at multiple points to the building.
The responsiveness of the support team as well as their technical ability are also critical factors. Netcetera’s award winning Support Team are available 24/7 and are committed to helping individuals and businesses get the most out of our hosting service.
Hardware is also an important factor in performance and Netcetera’s range of virtual and dedicated servers offers reliability, power and independent management, from an easy to manage control panel. Various packages are available to suit all businesses.
Netcetera offers a full range of hosting options, depending on your organization’s needs. Whether you’re launching the next hit blog or creating an online shopping empire, Netcetera’s range of Managed Hosting options cater to your needs. We are perfect if you’re promoting a new business venture, launching a full e-commerce shop, blog or small business portal. Our UK based hosting packages can help create a professional backbone for your online business.
To find out more about Netcetera’s innovative products, contact our friendly Sales Team.