Monday, 3 November 2014
4 Myths about Managed Hosting
Simply put, Managed Hosting is an IT provisioning model in which a service provider leases dedicated servers and associated hardware to a single client and the equipment at the hosting provider’s facility is managed by the service provider.
Even though Managed Hosting has gained significant popularity over the last few years, it is still clouded with many myths. Below, we de-bunk some of the most common myths:
Myth 1: Managed Hosting is costly and unaffordable
Reality: Let’s look at it this way: Managed Hosting allows customers to save time and money by dedicating fewer internal resources to IT infrastructure management. In addition, technology investment is minimized and customers get access to the latest technologies without upfront capital investments and without having to worry about replacing obsolete hardware or compromising on efficiency by using outdated hardware. This simply translates into lower staff and IT costs and reduced office space, making Managed Hosting less expensive in the long run.
Myth 2: Only start-ups need Managed Hosting
Reality: Most people assume that Managed Hosting is for start-ups and small organizations. However, this is only a perception and even a company with highly specialized IT staff may want to use a Managed Services provider to benefit from an array of advantages. When you opt for a reputable services provider, your staff can focus on core IT objectives rather than spending time on routine activities such as backup, storage, security and monitoring. The service provider therefore acts as an extension to your IT department so that your internal IT can focus on innovation and new business initiatives.
Myth 3: Managed Hosting provides limited software choices
Reality: While there are some vendors who offer limited choice in server platforms, applications and other software resources, there are others who offer customizable solutions to meet your exact requirements. As an example, eHDF takes into consideration the various needs of an organization and proposes a solution that is fully customized.
Myth 4: Managed Hosting does not protect web resources against viruses and other attacks
Reality: If you think that your services provider will not take care of your web resources, think again—in case of an attack, you will suffer loses but your services provider will definitely go out of business! This makes it necessary for them to offer round-the-clock security and constant monitoring.
While we have addressed some of the most common myths associated with Managed Hosting, it is also recommended to select a hosting services provider after careful evaluation.