The growing popularity of managed hosting means that more and more businesses are looking to take advantage of this type of solution, but if you are in this category of interested parties, how should you actually go about implementing such a service so that migration is smooth and the benefits can quickly surface?
Picking a Provider
Managed hosting is relatively easy to adopt because it is something that allows you to outsource most of the administrative concerns that are usually associated with this type of IT service and hand over responsibility for them to a third party.
The upshot of this arrangement is that you need to think carefully about which managed hosting provider will be able to offer the most appropriate levels of service for your business.
It is arguably most sensible to opt for a company that deals with managed hosting and related products in a dedicated manner. This is because providers with more diverse portfolios can see managed hosting as a means to sell you other services further down the line and might not necessarily have the focus and drive to make the quality of your adopted platform a priority.
This is by no means universally true, but it is a point of view that can help you to be a bit more discerning during the procurement process. Do not be tempted to opt for the cheapest, most generic package because of its cost alone.
Choosing a Migration Schedule
The nature and timeline of your migration to a managed hosting service will depend entirely on the individual circumstances of your business.
For start-ups that have no pre-existing IT infrastructure to get in the way of adoption, things will be particularly easy, because you can start benefiting from this type of platform as soon as the provider is able to get your package up and running.
For companies that already have established solutions, perhaps in the guise of an on-premises server or a restrictive shared hosting package, the process is a little trickier. In this instance it might be sensible to think incrementally and make the leap in stages rather than going for a one-off, all-out migration that could leave you with a significant period of downtime.
It is important to establish just what you can expect from a managed hosting package and how much involvement is required from your business when it comes to the technical aspects.
The main thing you want to look for is a provider that is able to give you assurances when it comes to the levels of support you will be receiving as a managed hosting customer.
This type of platform is only valuable if it is able to remove the usual burdens of dedicated hosting and colocation from a business and allow a third party to take care of everything, but you also want to be able to establish a dialogue with your provider and engage with the service on an appropriate level so that your needs are being met.
If you are being kept in the dark about things like server monitoring, access control and security, you may not be confident in the new system that you have implemented.
You should also be able to invest in a solution that is bespoke, fitting in with the exact requirements of your company. This can only be achieved through provider transparency and the sustainment of a good relationship with its clients.
Implementing managed hosting need not be daunting and is indeed designed to be a service that removes the most problematic elements of adoption from the equation. You just need to plan appropriately so that your business is prepared.
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