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Unmanaged vs. Managed Dedicated Servers: Which One Is Right for You?

author : Sammen
09 Jul 2021

When you deploy a new dedicated server, will you manage your own server, or will you let an experienced team carry some of the load for you? When it comes to dedicated servers, there are two options available as far as server management. Managed and unmanaged dedicated servers. How do you know which is best for you and your business?

What is a dedicated server?

A dedicated server is a single physical server, housed in an off-site data center that is entirely dedicated to one user. These servers are known for their high performing features in processing power, storage speed, and connection to high-speed internet. If your business needs a large amount of processing power, then a dedicated server is the right choice.

Unmanaged vs. Managed Dedicated Servers

Servers are complex machines with layers. Managing a server for optimal performance, availability, and security requires a significant amount of expertise and experience. In addition to the complexity of server management, it can be time consuming.

The main difference between managed and unmanaged dedicated servers is that managed servers come with full support, while unmanaged servers fall into the responsibility of the business that is using them.

Unmanaged Dedicated Server

Unmanaged dedicated servers are great for customers who are ready to manage servers on their own. With an unmanaged dedicated server, you will be responsible for taking care of the hardware, network connection, installing security updates and managing other aspects of the server itself. Other than regular customer support, no other routine support will be extended to you by the hosting provider. If you want to upgrade or install anything, you will have to do it by yourself.

Managed Dedicated Server

Managed dedicated servers are ideal for customers who do not have enough technical knowledge to deal with the daily management of their hosting environment. The hosting provider handles the setup, administration, management, and support of a server and/or application. You basically have your own dedicated team of IT professionals helping to keep your server running smoothly. 

Choosing the right hosting provider can be just as difficult as choosing the right dedicated server. Be sure the services offered fit your business needs. Make sure to check out our recent blog post: How to choose a hosting provider.

Which option is right for you?
Both managed and unmanaged server options come with their own benefits and drawbacks. Establishing the requirements for your business can help save you time and money.

Netrouting is here to help you make the right decision for your business needs. Our experts are happy to assess your business needs with you to help improve your business’ IT infrastructure. Please contact us at sales@netrouting.com or +31 (0)88 270 02 00.

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