What’s the difference between managed & Unmanaged Dedicated Server?
There is a huge difference. It’s like the difference between leasing a ship and taking a cruise or leasing a car and taking a cab. The difference isn’t just between a raw component and a complete service, it also impacts the total cost of total cost of ownership (TCO). Here are some differences to compare between using a managed dedicated server and unmanaged dedicated server:
Server Set Up
Who’s going to unpack, configure, test and start the server? It’s easy to underestimate the time and importance of setting up the server right the first time. If you don’t build the server properly, the software won’t run properly or it will be highly insecure.
Monitoring and Maintenance
Unmanaged Server : For the same level of uptime, you’ll need to contract a skilled engineer or company to manage and maintain your dedicated unmanaged server.
: A “naked” unprotected server on the Internet will be found and compromised by Internet robots in less than 45 minutes. So how are you going to secure the server from hackers?
Summary A managed dedicated server is the best option for the in-experienced webmasters moving their websites from a shared hosting service to the total control of their own dedicated server. Basically a managed server provider will assist you with most issues you experience (i.e – control panel problems, software, installations) on the other hand with an unmanaged server you would be responsible for fixing your own problems.
Dedicated v/s Managed Servers
|Services||Dedicated Servers||Managed Servers|
|Installation of core software packages|
|Installation of popular CMSes||X|
|Firewall installation and configuration||X|
|Add-On setup and configuration (IP blocks, Softaculous etc.)||X|
|Upgrades for cPanel|
|Upgrades for OS|
|Upgrades of core software packages|
|Timely security audits||X|
|Countering spam (inbound and outbound)||X|
|On-request anti-virus and malware scans||X|
|Regular security enhancements||X|
|Maintenance and Repair|
|Server boot issues|
|Core OS updates and patches|
|Reverse DNS set up|
|Repair of cPanel installation|
|Best efforts third party application support||X|
|Repair of all supported software||X|
|On-request updates of supported software||X|
|Full web server support including Apache||X|
|Full control panel support||X|
|Log file analysis||X|
|All services monitoring (HTTP, FTP, cPanel, Plesk)||X|
|Advanced protocol monitoring (HTTP, HTTPS, FTP etc.)||X|
|Critical resources monitoring||X|
|Setting up scheduled back ups over SAN or another server||X|
|Advanced migration services of unlimited accounts and size||X|
|Protection from spam||X|