Managed Hosting Services – A Dedicated Server
A dedicated hosting service is a kind of Internet hosting in which the client hires an entire server not shared with anyone else. This is more adaptable than shared hosting as organizations have maximum control over the server.
There is another level of dedicated hosting commonly referred to as complex managed hosting. Complex Managed Hosting fits to both physical dedicated servers and virtual servers.
Server administration can typically be provided by the hosting company as an add-on service. In some cases a dedicated server can offer less overhead and a better return on investment.
Dedicated hosting service offers the gain of high performance, security and control. Due to the comparatively high price of dedicated hosting, it is widely used by websites that receive a large volume of traffic.
Dedicated hosting service supports Fedora Core, Debain, FreeBSD, Red Hat Network. Operating system support may include updates to the core system in order to achieve the latest security fixes and system-wide vulnerability resolutions.
Unlike dedicated hosting, managed hosting services usually offer more support and other services. Dedicated hosting services are suitable for web development whereas managed hosting is aimed towards clients with less technical knowledge.
For some dedicated server providers, fully managed is described as having a web based control panel whereas other providers define it as having system engineers available to handle all server and network related functions of the dedicated server provider.
Server management can include:
- Application updates
- Server monitoring
- Operating system updates
- Firewall services
- Technical support
- Security audit
- Backups and restoration
- Antivirus updates
- Disaster recovery
- Load balancing
- Database administration
- User management
Administrative maintenance of the OS, often including upgrades, security patches. Varying levels of management may include adding users, domains, or even custom programming.
Dedicated server hosting providers may provide various server managed support:
- Fully managed– Includes monitoring, reboots, software updates, security patches and operating system upgrades.
- Managed– Includes medium level of management, updates, monitoring, and a limited amount of support. Customers may perform particular tasks.
- Self-managed– Includes regular monitoring and some maintenance.
- Unmanaged– Little involvement from service provider. Customers provide maintenance, upgrades and security.
Dedicated hosting server providers apply extreme security measures to ensure the safety of data stored on their network of servers. Providers will often use various software programs for scanning systems and networks for unauthorized invaders, hackers, and other harmful problems such as Trojans and worms.
Adult content is not allowed by many providers as it may be of questionable legality.