Managed services hosting is essentially where another company other than your own handles various parts of your business applications. This form of co-operation works for businesses large and small and has surprisingly been around for a quite a while. If you have been running an online business for any length of time you will probably be familiar with the different forms of managed applications and managed services available.
A lot of the bigger companies almost always use managed services hosting to some degree or another in areas like data back up, data storage, system management, help desk management and technical application support to name but a few.
Managed services on the other hand can encompass a whole array of assisted business development in all areas of your company online and off. The biggest benefit for any company using managed services is the freedom it gives them to concentrate on the most important aspects of the business which will further their progress and profitability into the future. This is all too easy to see if you take a step back to look at your own business and add up the time wasted on menial tasks that all too often take more time than they need to.
On a smaller but much wider scale your typical hosting provider offers managed services hosting for your website and millions of other sites so they can be seen on the world wide web.
Many web hosts will run managed services for you when you upgrade to a server of your own. By having your server managed you avoid the hassle of having to install programs, implement various measures and govern the general maintenance of your server which can be a serious headache if you don’t know what you’re doing.
A quick tip: Something I learned the hard way but you don’t have to.
When choosing web hosting for your business ask customer support if they offer managed services on their dedicated server plans. By doing this now, you will avoid down the road, the painful task of having to move the entire site to another hosting provider when you realise you can’t handle the complexities of dedicated server management.
Managed services and outsource services are essentially the same thing except that the managed services provider is usually just one company that hires its own professionals to work together and achieve their objectives for larger scale businesses where as outsource services can relate to an open marketplace of professionals that may run a company with as few as one individual working from home providing a similar service but on a smaller scale.
In essence anyone can set up their own outsource company, go to an outsource marketplace like Elance, Odesk or Rentacoder and offer their talent to businesses or individuals wanting tasks completed within an agreed price and deadline.
These sites have become very popular in recent times and have given you, the individual the power to set up a virtual workforce to assist in many areas of your online business.
Whether you choose to use a managed services provider or go to an outsource marketplace to employ individuals for projects there is one point which is very clear.
There is nothing more important than implementing these services into your overall business plan and making the most of experts that can do those laborious tasks much quicker and much better than you ever will. You will need managed services hosting in one form or another if you plan to build an online business and the smart people cotton onto this idea very quickly.
So you can see that it makes sense to use other companies to your advantage rather than trying to do everything yourself otherwise you could end up as the saying goes “jack of all trades, master of none” or is that you already.
Food for thought as they say.