What is a managed server?
With managed server hosting you get exclusive access to your own dedicated server, complete with a specific hardware configuration and its own IP address—all made available by 1&1. You can trust us with the management of your server: we'll take over of the management and maintenance of hardware, software updates and the security architecture. This level of service lets you concentrate all your attention on your project, as our experts will take care of the technical side of things so you don't have to. You will still have complete access to your managed server—for setting up domains, email addresses, mailboxes and databases, or allocating resources for various projects. You can install the applications required to run your website or project via the 1&1 Control Center. You can allocate hardware resources, like processor capacity, RAM, and hard disk storage as and when you need them. Our managed dedicated server is available in a number of formats. That way, you can find the right solution for your individual needs, together with high performance, comprehensive features and no red tape. Managed servers from 1&1 are also comprehensively equipped with the relevant software. For example, you can install software for content management or shop systems like WordPress, Drupal or Magento—we'll also take care of the software updates for these applications. This also applies to all the other tools that are available to you: databases, interfaces for various programming languages, Cron Jobs, Click&Build applications or website builders. Domains and email inboxes are also included. Your managed server is equipped with extensive security features and is located in Kansas City in one of our ultramodern data centers.
What's the difference between a managed dedicated server and shared hosting?
Server hosting with the 1&1 webhosting package is sufficient for small to medium-sized projects—and it's budget-friendly too! A managed dedicated server is better suited to larger, more complex projects, or for when you want to accommodate multiple projects or applications on your own server. Since you get the exclusive use of a dedicated server's resources to yourself, its entire hosting performance capacity and all IP addresses are made available solely for you and your projects. Selecting one of our dedicated managed server options means that 1&1 will take care of the maintenance of the hardware resources, all software updates, and server security. Ultimately, it is the better performance and flexibility of application settings which makes a managed dedicated server a better solution for demanding projects over shared webhosting. However, with either server hosting option thanks to 1&1's leading standards of reliable performance and security you can rest assured your projects are in good hands.
A managed server does not necessarily have to be a dedicated server. It is also possible to have a managed virtual server—a so called vServer Managed. In contrast to a dedicated server, which is based on a hardware that you use exclusively, with a virtual server you share hardware with other users. A managed cloud server also presents the possibility of saving data in the cloud so it is easily accessible for everyone, therefore making working processes within a company more efficient. However, when it comes to larger, complex web projects where hosting performance is paramount, then a managed dedicated server with 1&1 is the smarter choice.
What are the advantages of a managed server in comparison to other server hosting options?
With 1&1, you can book a dedicated server option with Linux as a managed server. If, for example, your project involves a large online store or a website with lots of traffic, then it is worth choosing a managed dedicated server for your hosting. The hardware resources of the server are reserved for your needs—processor power, RAM and hard disk capacity. However, dedicated servers require you to take responsibility for keeping the chosen software up to date—from the operating system to the apps. That means you have to take it upon yourself to regularly manage software updates and the security of applications. With a managed server 1&1 will do this for you, providing server security and ensuring the reliable performance of the hardware. This type of server hosting is as easy and convenient as any of our webhosting packages, but offers significantly better performance and the possibility to individualize resource allocation. All of your configuration and management can be conveniently carried out in the Control Center. This is an advantage you also have with our other server solutions—virtual and dynamic cloud—but with these options, you must take care of software updates and other security measures yourself. Our Linux-based managed hosting server comes with a wide range of apps and tools which you can install as required—leave the software updates for us to take care of.
What are the advantages of Linux for a managed hosting server?
The managed hosting server from 1&1 comes with Linux distribution. Over the years, this operating system has proven itself around the world thanks to its efficiency and stability for use on servers. Linux systems are compatible with various programming languages, such as Perl, Python, Ruby, and what's more, can also manage MySQL databases. In addition to this, the newest versions of the script language PHP are able to run reliably on Linux servers. Furthermore, our servers are compatible with a large number of apps, which are all a breeze to install. Various applications, like WordPress, Joomla!, Drupal, TYPO3 or Magento, are all available to you free of charge. These features make our managed hosting servers perfectly suited for setting up your own content management system or running your own blog—even setting up an online store is simple. Take full advantage of the power of our managed hosting servers and rest easy when it comes to updates and more—we'll ensure your server is always up to date.
How do I install a CMS on my managed hosting server?
A content management system is a vital tool for managing different content on a web platform. Manually installing a CMS is usually quite elaborate but with our managed hosting server offer you can install the system you want with just a click in the 1&1 Control Center. In just a few simple steps you can start enjoying your chosen applications, without the complicated and elaborate installation process. The following programs are available:
There are two methods of installing these applications with our managed hosting server offer.
Safe mode installation
With this method you benefit from increased security, because we will automatically complete all general and system-relevant application updates for you. This mode allows you to only use plug-ins specified by us. Your own plug-ins, which can sometimes lead to a change in the system data, cannot be installed. It is also not possible for the coding to be modified. Safe mode is particularly useful for beginners who are yet to become familiar with the programs.
Free mode installation
Free mode, on the other hand, affords you complete freedom, as your CMS application is equipped with a variety of configuration options that are also available with manual installation. As such, you have the possibility to customize your website and install your own plug-ins.
What are the benefits of SSD storage in a managed hosting server?
Solid state disks (SSD) have made great headway in recent years, and are now considered the disk of choice over mechanical disks, also called hard disk drives (HDD), or optical disks. With our managed hosting server offer you can additionally book SSD storage of 240 GB. The biggest advantage of a flash memory is its speed. In contrast to traditional hard drives, SSDs rely on chips that use electronic impulses. This allows data to be written and read much faster, and allows speedier access to your data too. What's more, flash memory is more energy efficient and quiet than other options. If you opt for additional SSD storage with your managed hosting plan, then you're guaranteed the best performance for your server. This is, in part, thanks to special enterprise hardware that is based on an INTEL DC S3500 storage system.