is the Difference Between a Managed and UnManaged Dedicated Server?
Most dedicated servers come
with two types of accounts, either managed or unmanaged. However, due
to the technical problems, some hosts do not offer a managed dedicated
server plan. And a dedicated server that is managed by the host will always
come with a higher price tag.
In simple terms, an unmanaged
dedicated server means you are responsible for every aspect of maintaining
the server, from installing upgrades and patches and ensuring server uptime.
A managed dedicated server,
however, means that the host will ensure all the technicalities of keeping
servers up-to-date and running smoothly are done. If the server goes down,
the hosting company will get it back online for you.
If you are technically savvy
with servers, an unmanaged server is likely the right choice. But if you
are lacking in technical skills required for the server, but still need
the unlimited aspects available with having your site (or sites) on their
own dedicated server, a managed server is the right choice.
Many hosts will allow you to
later switch from a managed plan to an unmanaged plan as you aquire the
neccessary skills. Likewise, some will allow you to switch from unmanaged
to managed if you find you have gotten in over your head on the server
upkeep, maintenance and technical requirements to keep it running smoothly.
With both a managed and unmanaged
dedicated server, you are simply renting the server from the hosting company,
you have not bought it outright.