Three Reasons Server Monitoring Should Be Your Top Priority

By CertifiedHosting 11/21/2011

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If you’re serious about your online presence, you probably value high-availability and a glitch-free website more than anything else. You know that slow loading pages, server errors, and extensive downtime are all problems that drive visitors away. And, in today’s ultra competitive online environment, every click and every page view matters.

So, what can you do to protect your investment – your time, your energy, and ultimately your money? How can you keep your website running flawlessly, day in and day out? The answer is managed dedicated hosting. But not just any type of dedicated managed server will do. Find a hosting provider that offers quality, round-the-clock server monitoring services. Here are the top three reasons you should invest in a managed dedicated hosting solution that includes top-notch server monitoring.
Less downtime

Fact: dedicated managed server monitoring means less downtime. Servers have the nasty habit of crashing at the worst possible moment. And chances are the disaster will strike in the middle of the night. Without a managed dedicated server hosting service, you will have to wait until morning to solve the problem. At best, if you or your server admin receive an alert message, you can call support and ask them to have a look. But this can take a lot of time, and time is valuable in these situations.

Some may argue that a few minutes or even a few hours of downtime are no big deal. But when your website generates revenue, one hour of downtime can mean lost clients and lost sales. If your website caters to an international audience, every hour of the day can be considered primetime – even a small period of time can deprive you of many pageviews.

By opting for dedicated managed server hosting with server monitoring, you can sleep more soundly at night. Your dedicated server is monitored 24/7 by a trained professional. If something goes wrong, the response time will be minutes instead of hours. Instead of relying on dark of night phone calls, a full-time server admin will begin addressing the issues that caused the service interruption right away. In the long term, fully managed dedicated server hosting can save you many hours of downtime and potentially, a lot of money.

Better protection

Hacking attempts, Denial of Service attacks, and viruses can strike at any moment. No website should be considered safe from threats, no matter how small or inconspicuous. Good dedicated hosting managed server providers will harden your machine to prevent intrusions and attacks. But only great hosting providers will proactively monitor your server and respond accordingly when an attack is detected.

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are among the hackers’ favorite weapons for taking down a website. Without adequate protection, even a powerful dedicated host can fall in minutes when confronted with a DDoS attack.

With server monitoring, you get an extra layer of protection. The technicians monitoring your dedicated managed server are able to detect the telltale signs of an impending DDoS and intervene to mitigate its effects. Although there are protection solutions that can stop a large-scale attack, a managed dedicated host is more likely to withstand day-to-day malicious activities.

Good server monitoring will protect your managed dedicated server against other threats as well. Viruses, including worms, bots, and trojans, should be a major concern of any website owner. Malware infections can have devastating effects on your website, and some problems can even expand in the real world. For example, data stealing bots can collect the private information stored on your server, leaving you exposed to fraud or even extortion. Moreover, if you collect information from your users, you have the legal duty to protect it. Failing to do so can land you in trouble, including law suits and regulatory scrutiny.

A quality managed dedicated server hosting solution is your insurance against malware and other threats. Professional server administrators have the experience needed to spot suspicious activity, investigate, and act accordingly.

Money well spent

Although fully managed dedicated server hosting services are more expensive than solutions that don’t include server monitoring, you might find that you get a better return on investment by opting for a managed service.

Think of the flat monthly fee paid for the managed dedicated hosting as the insurance you pay to protect your assets. When your website is a primary business tool, the premium may very well be justified. In some cases, the lost revenue caused by a few hours of downtime may exceed the expenses with the dedicated managed server for several months. And even if you don’t suffer a concrete financial loss when your website doesn’t work within parameters, the costs of investigating and fixing the problem yourself can be substantial.

When you take into account the financial risks associated with having your website hacked or your private data stolen, it’s obvious that safety measures are a smart investment.

Plus, fully managed dedicated servers hosting can be more affordable than you expect. A little market research can reveal great bargains, including bundled dedicated managed hosting services and other special promotions. For the monthly cost of a cell phone data plan, you can ensure that your website works great, with no exception.

Get proactive server monitoring with any managed dedicated server from Certified Hosting

Certified Hosting employs some of the best specialists in the industry to monitor servers round the clock. No matter what plan you choose or what components you select for your managed dedicated server, at Certified Hosting you will get the full attention of a technician with extensive experience in Web hosting. If your server becomes unavailable for any reason, an alert is instantly issued in our network operations center and a technician begins addressing the problem right away.

The dedicated managed server hosting services from Certified Hosting let you minimize downtime and forget about maintenance headaches. And it costs you less than a hundred dollars per month.

To find out more about our leading dedicated managed servers or to get started with an impressive hosting solution, please call 1-909-498-4415 or visit us at certifiedhosting.com.