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Managed Hosting vs. Unmanaged

When your site or application requires the freedom of a managed dedicated server or managed cloud server rather than an Unmanaged Server, there are many methods available. The first and biggest question you often get asked is if you need Managed hosting servers or Unmanaged servers. All really depends on price, availability, uptime and support required.

The Difference

“Unmanaged dedicated servers” – this is a pretty scary term to the non-gurus, but in most cases is not as lacking in service as it sounds. The truth is that unmanaged dedicated servers (from here on out just called dedicated servers in this post) do come with some support. The hosting provider is still responsible for all of the hardware, the network, and even in some cases the OS but you are responsible for the management of the server software and issues with your applications in general. Managed hosting services are a different bird altogether. Managed servers hosting is where your hosting provider will manage the hardware, network, OS, monitoring, and even software installed on your machines. Some management packages even include provisions for application management and support – keeping your specific application up and working. You could say that Managed hosting is the big brother of an unmanaged hosting server plan – your hosting provider still takes all of the infrastructure work – but you get the benefits of the added management from your server dedicated OS to your applications configuration and special custom solutions you may need
Now you are wondering what about the price? Well, here is the big difference between them. In most cases companies charge sometimes 2-3 times the price of a normal unmanaged server.
Did you chose the right server? In most cases web developers and programmers like a certain hosting company only like Rackspace or GODaddy and just select hosting packages thinking on the desired load and specifications. The issue here is that many times we encounter starter applications with little or the wrong hardware and plan in place. That is where VND can help to identify the right price for your application needed to be hosted. In case studies we have found to reduce the hosting monthly recurring by 1/2 or 1/3 of the price.


If you want the security, full management and have the budget you should chose a managed Server as recommended by the IT industry. Another point is if you’ve got mission critical server needs and don’t have the in-house staff to efficiently keep your servers performing the way they should, then you are going to need managed services. Even still it’s a more cost effective route then hiring your own staff and most likely you will receive a higher, more consistent level of service.

With a managed server at VND, you get access to our entire team to keep your server up to date and working and you can focus on your business. This type of service gives our clients not just the freedom of a server dedicated to your application but also saves you time, money and hassle and lets you focus on the other areas of work related to your website. One of the best things about working with VND is our vertical integration in the Technology market. Our Hosting team works side by side with our Dtabase, Web and Developement Programming Engineers to help with the architecture of your application or site needs. By combining all the parts of the normal “web technology partnership” in one-house, we’re able to give our clients a unique complete solution by sharing our expertise between teams.   If you have any questions please contact us by email, chat or phone.


VNDhost/ NETSERVERS is a sister company of VND, one of San Antonio’s largest web development firms. We offer web hosting, cloud managed servers and custom managed solutions, exchange email, shared hosting and dedicated servers.

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