Why you should choose Managed Hosting
For a long time hosting has been considered to be a commodity in the world of digital. You need to have it, but you don’t really want to have to pay for it. However, for those agencies and brands wanting to take their business to the next level, and provide an online experience that is both innovative and reliable this couldn’t be further from the truth.
With the advent of cloud hosting, and all the extra services the three big hyperscale clouds are able to offer hosting is now a vital part of the design and construction of an effective digital platform.
However, as hosting becomes more and more complex, companies that have always managed it themselves are now turning to managed hosting providers.
In this article we will look at what managed hosting is, and why you should be considering it to allow your business to grow at its true potential
So What is Managed Hosting?
What managed hosting is, is a surprisingly difficult question to answer. It is a fairly ambiguous term that varies in definition from company to company. So for the purposes of this article I am only going to refer to what we at Wirehive mean when we talk about managed hosting.
So with that proviso well and truly out of the way, lets get back to the original question.
What is Managed Hosting?
In the world of modern hosting anyone with a credit card can set up their own hosting with any of the three hyperscale cloud providers: Microsoft, Amazon, or Google. Whatever your preference, you just create an account, and you’re good to go.
However, it really isn’t quite that simple when it comes to it. Amazon Web Services alone offer over 60 different products that you may or may not want to use. There are seven different AWS products relating to databases alone.
So instead of setting up your own hosting account and creating your own architecture, you may choose to employ a specialist to do it for you. That is exactly what Wirehive does.
We employ a team of accredited cloud hosting engineers to manage your hosting as efficiently and effectively as possible, so you don’t have to.
If you’ve ever tried to set up your own hosting with a hyperscale cloud, then you probably don’t need to know any more than that: being able to relax because a specialist is on the case is worth a lot. But, if you haven’t tried to do it yourself, and you are still wondering why you might want to, then here is a list of reasons you should be seriously considering managed cloud hosting with a company like Wirehive.
We touched on this earlier, but specialist cloud hosting knowledge is an extremely valuable thing. Knowing a bucket from a container, or even a snowmobile from a lumberyard is undeniably specialist knowledge. But it is exactly the knowledge you need to have if you are going to create a cloud hosting architecture that is both optimised for the platform you are going to be running, and also for your individual business needs and financial requirements.
Whether you are looking to use Sitecore on Microsoft Azure, or WordPress on AWS, or build your own custom site from scratch on Google Cloud Platform then there will be an architecture that is best suited to you.
Do you need a load balancer? What kind of code deployment are you looking to utilise? Are you looking to utilise dynamic storage? Will your site be using the functionality of the available AI or machine learning services?
Our tech team here at Wirehive know exactly how your hosting should be set up, and how to do it for you. They can recognise a data lake at 20 paces, and are able to apply that knowledge to any cloud provider you may wish to work with.
There is little point in using some of the most powerful infrastructure available in the world if you aren’t going to set it up properly so it can do what you want.
And even if you want the safety and security of cloud hosting, but don’t want to use the extra features of the big three hyperscale clouds then we can set up a hosting package on our very own fourth generation public cloud.
We’ve talked about the reliability of cloud hosting previously, but reliability goes so much further than whether your server is running and your site is up.
Is your load balancer working optimally? Does your code deploy from Github as it should? When a new instance spins up is the old one killed efficiently? What sort of database set up works optimally with your platform? Has your site grown beyond the architecture that was created when you first set it up? Does your staging server push changes effectively to the live site?
There are whole raft of things that you can do for your site to ensure it is working as reliably and efficiently as possible. Wirehive’s managed hosting set up process ensures these things are all done from the very beginning. There is no retro-fitting of systems you should have had at the beginning. No playing catch up to fix the issues caused by incorrect deployment.
Just well designed, efficiently deployed, reliable hosting environments for each and every customer based on their individual needs.
It is very easy to get carried away with the capabilities of cloud hosting. The facilities that are offered are many and varied, but each one costs money. The scalability of cloud hosting means that you only pay for what you are using, but the downside of this is that it can sometimes be difficult to predict exactly how much you will be charged until it is too late to do anything about it.
Recognising that this can create a difficult choice for digital marketers running to fixed budgets Wirehive created special Manager products which allow us to offer hosting solutions on the three main hyperscale clouds at a set monthly cost. In today’s economy when finances are so tight, and margins so important this can be the difference between success and failure.
You may already be paying too much for your hosting. Until a specialist looks at what you have and how it is running you may never know.
From the point of view of Wirehive, our personal, first-name support is the benefit our managed hosting customers value the most.
Yes cloud hosting is more reliable than on-premise servers, but issues still occur from time to time. Whether it is a site suddenly running slower than you expect, or an unexpected issue when updating to a new version of software, having a genuine expert on the end of the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is an amazingly reassuring thing. Knowing that you aren’t alone when something goes wrong on a Friday night just as you are packing up to leave for home is extremely valuable.
But with our SysOps level of support we go a long way further than that.
Not only can you expect to get all the normal things you would from any top-level support option, but you get a named Customer Solution Manager, monthly performance reviews and reports on your site, as well as optimisation work.
You also get proactive work carried out by our most senior and experienced engineers on a weekly basis in order to ensure that your site is functioning as well as possible. That it runs as quickly as possible, that your hosting set up is doing exactly what it should be doing, that updates are carried out for you, that security patches are installed, that anything and everything that you might possibly want from your managed hosting is done.
So whether you are a digital agency building beautiful online experiences for your clients, or a growing brand wanting to save money, improve efficiency, and free up your technical staff to do what they do best then you should be looking at managed hosting.
If you would like some advice about managed hosting, particularly if you don’t know which platform is the best for your project, give us a ring. One of our lovely team will be happy to talk to you about what we can do to help you make more money, drive innovation, and free up your time.