Having a website is now essential to companies, organizations, businesses, and even individuals. However, putting up a website on the Web is not as easy as it seems. There is a need for a web hosting and this entails leasing – or ultimately acquiring – a server. Depending on the type of web hosting service the client purchased, he or she may have to be in charge of maintaining, managing, and monitoring the server your website is using. This, in turn, may not be for everyone. Now, a growing trend in the Web development industry is the outsourcing of a Managed Service Provider (MSP) to deal with the technical aspects of managing and maintain a website and its server. Among the most widely offered service is the Managed Server Monitoring.
How does Managed Server Monitoring work?
The Managed Server Monitoring service gives notifications to the client or owner of the server whenever any issues arise within the server. For this to work, the Managed Server Monitoring service provider usually installs a software on the server which enables the provider to see and monitor its status. Managed Server Monitoring can also be done by the provider by accessing the IP address of a client’s server. After the installation, the client would already be given notifications about how his/her web server is doing. These notifications are typically sent via e-mail, but depending on the provider, you may also be given text messages or, with a complement mobile application, push notifications.
What do Managed Server Monitoring Services feature?
There are many Managed Service Providers and, depending on the company, the features of their Managed Server Monitoring services may differ. Generally, these are the subservices under Managed Server Monitoring that may be offered by providers:
- Server performance monitoring 24/7, 365 days a year;
- System and network administrators or experts who are skilled, adept at the field, dedicated, and always available;
- Support for various server operating systems;
- Round-the-clock bandwidth monitoring;
- Ping checks;
- Regular website checks;
- Real-time analysis of error reports and other server system issues;
- Scheduled and timely reports and executive summaries regarding the server;
- Automatic and instant e-mail notifications and other alerts whenever exception conditions or error are detected in the server;
- View and access the condition of your server through a Web application or a Web portal; and,
- Responsive server management;
Some MSP companies also offer Managed Server Monitoring which let their clients choose between 24/7 monitoring or daily checks. There are many other subservices under this area which could be necessary and beneficial to the business processes and transactions done in your website.
What are the benefits of Managed Server Monitoring?
Managed Server Monitoring is a very beneficial service that eases and reduces the tasks that need to be implemented for a server to function efficiently. Other benefits of this service include:
Peace of mind
You can be sure that the people or the teams handling your server are professionals who have much experience with monitoring and troubleshooting monitors. This also saves you the time and energy you could spend on hiring the right people who would serve as your server administrators.
More time to focus on other concerns
You can leave the server technicalities to the Managed Service Provider. This gives you more time to concentrate on your business, your studies, or your family. Also, you need not concern yourself too much on the jargons that server monitoring entails.
Server downtime prevention
With someone constantly and dedicatedly monitoring your server, the risk of having your server and, consequently, your website down would be minimized.
Proactive remedial measures
You would be able to know the errors and problems of the server as they come, troubleshoot them, and fix them as soon as they manifest on the system.