To be clear, we’re not talking about server offloading: moving the security and performance functionality of the server itself to an application network infrastructure device. Rather, the self-management tactic of offloading the more time-consuming and less mission-critical server administration tasks to a third-party provider like Liquid Web.
Liquid Web has many ways to make your job easier – from implementing the managed hosting tools you need to stay in control of your infrastructure to providing experts who can lead the project and ensuring your efforts to offload server administration tasks don’t end badly. . .
That being said, if you’d like to explore data architecture changes such as server offloading, we can help you with that as well.
What is server management?
Server administration is the maintenance of the hardware and software of a hosting environment.
Chances are, you depend on your server infrastructure for more IT features than most people realize. Of course, hosting your website is the most obvious part, but what about data storage, internal email, and running all the applications that make your operations possible? You can have your server in-house or use a remote or cloud server in an external third-party data center.
Either way, you’re involved in managing the server: keeping hardware up and running smoothly, updating and patching software, taking care of security and data protection, actively maintaining data backups, and ensuring that all your operations comply with the regulations and its Terms and Conditions.
Good server management means minimizing downtime and ideally eliminating unscheduled downtime. It means building and maintaining a secure data environment while making sure your servers have everything they need to meet the demands of your business today and for the foreseeable future.
Finally, server administration can be handled both internally and by an external provider.
Outsource server administration to a qualified professional
As you can imagine, using a trusted third-party provider is one of the fastest, easiest, and most reliable ways to offload server administration tasks without compromising performance or reliability. Ideally, this company already provides your server infrastructure, but this is not always the case.
Server Administration Tools
Server administration tools are a subset of managed hosting tools that help you manage your server in some way, usually by automating part of the server administration process. For example, troubleshooting is an important task for a good server management toolset, as is automating security updates and backups.
Server Administration Features
Depending on the size of your business, server administration tasks can be divided into several different functions. For example, a specialist might focus solely on assembling new hardware and software systems. Another might be in charge of troubleshooting. And a third party could be in charge of installing and configuring new workstations.
In all likelihood, one person handles two or more of these responsibilities. But you might consider outsourcing some of these roles if you have more tasks than your internal team can complete in a day and you can’t easily increase the size of your team.
Use managed hosting services
You may be thinking that you handle all of these roles and more, and that the workload is unreasonable. Well, the download, in this case, might not cost as much as you might expect.
What are managed hosting services and what do they offer?
Managed hosting can be anything you need it to be. For example, Liquid Web could take care of something as simple (but vital) as updates and backups. We could become your server troubleshooting team, or we could take over server administration entirely. We could even upgrade to a dedicated server or some other type of advanced data architecture.
Delegate Routine Tasks and Maintenance
Of course, there are other ways to download server administration. If you have a local team, you can separate one or more of the server admin roles you currently occupy and give them to the most capable team members with time available.
Automate as many processes as possible
You can also implement a bit of automation. Liquid Web could, for example, put a full range of the best managed hosting tools in your hands. If you have a large number of servers to service, automating tasks that require little or no judgment can take a lot of weight off your shoulders with almost no hassle.
Prioritize your time
If you can’t offload server management, the next best option is prioritization. Make sure the most mission-critical tasks get done first, and attend to others when you can. This can be risky, of course.
take some time for yourself
Another option might be to hire a qualified server management provider for a set amount of time, anywhere from a few months to a year or more. This will allow you to focus on everything else for a while and demonstrate the practicality of outsourcing. After your break, you can always pick up a full load of tasks, but without that backlog hanging over your head.
So what kind of burden can we take off your shoulders? We are very flexible, as the name Liquid Web suggests. There are more possibilities than we have listed here, of course.
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