So called managed hosting is a popular tendency appeared in the web service industry almost simultaneously with virtual private servers. These servers suffer from one grave shortcoming – a person needs to have appropriate skills and plenty of time on its administration. The point is that inexperienced users often face severe difficulties concerning technical management of virtual servers; therefore host providers offer such additional services as monitoring and notifications sending, storage and database administration, security and load balancing. Thus, managed web host is an optimal decision for unpracticed web-developers.
Looking for reliable managed host provider, a beginner has to know some important points. First of all, you should pay attention if host company provides system management services that are used on a virtual hosting the most frequently, viz. security, firewalls, monitoring, notifications, and data backup.