“How can I minimise costs?” We’re sure you’ve asked yourself that question a hundred times over the past few years of running your own business.
Every business owner will try to find ways to reduce expenses and before choosing a web hosting service, you have to consider its cost. There’s significant opportunity to save costs in the decision between managed hosting and unmanaged hosting.
But hang on – what is the difference between unmanaged hosting and managed hosting?
With managed hosting, a web hosting company provides you with a dedicated server and an exclusive, out-of-the-office IT department comprised of a team of professionals responsible for monitoring your server 24x7x365. They are tasked with ensuring that your site is always at peak performance.
If you choose unmanaged hosting, you will rent a server from the web hosting company. However, you or a member of your staff who has the most IT experience, will be responsible for managing the server and making sure that your site will always perform well.
If you just consider outright cost, unmanaged hosting is definitely cheaper since you only have to pay for the rental of the server. So, this would be the obvious choice if you want to minimise cost, right?
Think again . . .
Here’s why unmanaged hosting can be expensive in the long run…
- Security Breaches Are Expensive To Fix
A dedicated host has a team of experts who are equipped with the proper tools and experience to monitor and address different types of security issues. They regularly filter spam, scan for viruses, run security audits and configure software firewalls, as well as provide OS updates. If your local IT guy – who is usually just someone ‘interested’ in IT – gets it wrong, that could be expensive!
- So Much Time Is Taken Up Monitoring Your Server
The dedicated host will be responsible for constantly monitoring your site to ensure that it is always up and running. Any problems or irregularities that may be detected will be addressed quickly. If you don’t have them, you’ll have to do all that monitoring yourself. You don’t have time for that!
- You Will Need To Back Up Your Data
Sometimes you cannot avoid losing data – especially if natural disaster such as floods or earthquakes, strike at your business location. With managed hosting, you are assured that your data has secure backup since a dedicated host has specific procedures that deal with data loss. How can you protect your data this strongly by yourself? Taking a data back up offsite with you. Every day.
- Upgrading Is Very Costly
A dedicated host provider will manage and scale the space that you need, effectively and efficiently. Meanwhile, a database admin takes care of developing the best database tailored to your organization’s exact needs. If you suddenly grow and need more space – you have to sell the old server and buy a new one.
- Distractions Lose You Business
Consider the opportunity costs of taking the time out to deal with back ups and security breaches and overheating and upgrades… wouldn’t you be much better off working on securing the new deal? Having someone else manage your IT needs frees you up to focus on your core business activities.
In the end, managed hosting will save you time and money. You don’t have to hire IT personnel to handle the monitoring of your server and site. In addition, since you are assured that there are experts taking care of your IT requirements, you can focus on more important things such as developing new systems or procedures on how you can get ahead of your competitors.
If you need advice on managed hosting, contact Complete Cloud today and our support staff will assist you with all your hosting needs.
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