Before we dig deeper into what a managed cloud hosting is, let's see what hosting is. A hosting, also known as web hosting, is a service through which storage and IT infrastructure are provided to you to accommodate your websites or web applications. In other words, let's say that you have a website and you want it to be accessible via the internet: web hosting is probably what you need. A third-party, usually known as the hosting provider, is responsible for allocating the space on a web server for the websites to be hosted, making you responsible for the website set up as well as its management and future maintenance.
Cloud hosting, on the other hand, is when your applications or websites are hosted on a private or public virtual platform known as the cloud. Unlike traditional hosting, solutions are not hosted on a single server. Instead, a network of connected virtual and physical cloud servers hosts your applications or websites, ensuring greater flexibility and scalability.
Considering the above, managed cloud hosting is a cloud hosting service where the hosting provider handles the setup, administration, management, and support of your websites and web applications using the required cloud infrastructure and resources. When using a managed hosting service, you not only pay the provider for IT infrastructure, but you also pay them for managing it.
Time-saving : Time is money, and whoever saves you time is saving you money. As a small business owner, you might find yourself taking care of too many tasks at the same time, which will eventually wear you out. One of the reasons why managed hosting is so popular, especially among small business owners, is that the hosting provider takes care of all server-related issues releasing you from the burden of spending time dealing with technical issues.
Cost-effective: Hiring an in-house developer to maintain your applications irregularly can sometimes result in more expenses as you must pay a salary even if there is no work content. On the other hand, with a managed hosting company, thousands of dollars could be saved as they charge a monthly fee, which is far lower than a salary.
Tailored to your needs: There are few things more upsetting than being charged for something you don't really need. Fortunately, most managed hosting companies offer a wide array of plans to meet your business needs; you pay only for what you need. At Teisoft, we also offer a customized to meet your underlying needs more effectively.
Cyber Security: "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and a few minutes of cyber-incident to ruin it" - Stephane Nappo. As of 2019, as reported by Verizon, 43% of all data breaches involve small and medium businesses, with 34% of those breaches involving internal actors. According to IBM, the average cost of a data breach is $3.9 million, which is very concerning. At Teisoft, we take this very seriously. We have a dedicated security team whose main responsibility is to ensure the consistent application of security policies and standards.
Uptime Monitoring: Did you know that the average cost of unplanned IT downtime is $5,600 per minute? According to Statista, the failure rate in a server's first year sits at 5 percent and continues increasing significantly as servers age. How can you protect your business against this? While you can't predict disaster, you can anticipate them. Real-time monitoring is one of the most effective ways of protecting a company's digital assets and utilities. It reduces Mean Time To Repair (MTTR) by constantly providing relevant and current data from which administrators can immediately identify serious problems. Real-time monitoring data includes network latency, CPU and RAM utilization, service availability, and application response time, among other indicators.
File & Database Backups: "You can't get car insurance after you have crashed a car. Neither can you backup your data once it has been lost!" According to Richmond House Group, about 20% of small to medium-sized businesses will suffer a major disaster, causing loss of critical data every five years. We know this at Teisoft. That's why we periodically backup your data so you can have peace of mind.
Performance & Scalability: According to a Google study, if your website takes more than 3 seconds to load, it could send your website bounce rate up to 90% or more. Considering that a desirable bounce rate sits between 40% and 55%, a bounce rate of 90% will definitely hurt your business. "In short, speed equals revenue." - Google said. However, keeping your response time low is not always an easy task. For instance, let's say you’re running an online store and expecting your sales to peak on certain dates a year. Is your online store prepared to keep a low time response when being accessed by thousands of users at the same time? This is when scalability comes into play. Auto-scaling is a cloud computing feature for automatically tracking and adjusting the compute resources needed to maintain desirable performance. For instance, in the case of a web traffic spike, the number of active servers will be increased as needed to meet changing demand.
Unmanaged hosting is one of the most common hosting types. In unmanaged hosting scenarios, you are responsible for managing your applications as you are just paying for available space on a web server. It means that you must take care of tasks such as setting up the application and its database, creating and restoring backups, uptime monitoring, SSL monitoring, and application updates, just to name a few.
With a managed hosting plan, on the other hand, your hosting provider will take care of most of those tasks for you. In a managed hosting scenario, as mentioned above, you are renting an available space on a web server and paying for the management of what you store in it.
At Teisoft, we enhance the Managed Hosting Service by merging it with an Application Management plan, resulting in perfect mix of Cloud Development.