To Have A Managed or Unmanaged Private Virtual Server, That Is The Question

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Whether your company has a managed cloud or an unmanaged cloud, you know that just being on the cloud is a good choice in general. Now what’s the difference between a managed cloud and an unmanaged cloud? A lot, really. This blog will detail the pros and cons between the two options so you will have a better insight between which private virtual server will work best for your SMB.

Lets start with the basics. What is the actual difference between managed clouds vs. unmanaged cloud. Its not as complicated as you think.

When you have an unmanaged hosting service, you are responsible for the management within the server. In order to maintain and manage your own server, you will need to be technically savvy and have the experience necessary in order to sustain a successful server for your SMB. Unmanaged hosting tends to be more time consuming and overall costs more when you think about the costs and labor due to having experienced ITs on hand.

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Now let’s discuss the pros and cons of using an unmanaged host:

Unmanaged Clouds:

By having an unmanaged cloud, you are in complete control. However, by having complete control means that you will need IT specialists in order to handle the server. Another benefit of having an unmanaged cloud is that it’s cost efficient. You won’t need to pay for any additional services other than the server itself. While having an unmanaged cloud is less expensive than a managed cloud, you will need to be able to implement the server and get it started, so if this is unfamiliar to you- you may want to consider spending the extra money on a managed cloud.

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Managed Clouds:

While managed clouds are a slightly more expensive, the time and billable hours makes  up for it since everything is taken care of for you. One of the biggest attractions to having a managed cloud is the security. You are paying for experts to monitor your system, provide security audits, filters for viruses and spam and you will be consistently alerted about any updates happening with your server. Another positive aspect of having a managed cloud is that it comes with consistent backups, so your data and information will be safe. There’s nothing like an accident, a natural disaster or a theft that could ruin a company. It’s nice to trust that someone is monitoring your system around the clock so that you can focus on other issues so that you don’t have to.

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Now which one to choose. There’s no better option, it just depends on which solution is best for you. Some things to ask yourself are:

  1. Cloud Server on the SkyHow much money are you willing to spend on your hosting needs?
  2. Are you able to set up a server so all of the applications and data communicate properly?
  3. If your server went down, are you able to bring it back up on your own?
  4. Would you rather spend more money just to avoid the frustration of managing your own cloud?

By asking yourself these questions, you should have a better grasp on what your company needs. Don’t just settle, make sure you do the research before promising to something you may regret.



Sarah Gardiner

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