Managed hosting, colocation and cloud provider Host Color
has announced the launch of a new managed web hosting service which targets small businesses. The company, which was established in 2000, has headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, USA and operates a data center in South Bend, Indiana, USA. It offers a range of services including VPS, dedicated hosting, disaster recovery, and Video on Demand (VOD), and maintains a network which includes companies like Level 3, Cogent, and Hurricane Electric. Known as Fully Managed Shared Account (FMSA), the company's new managed service is provided as an additional option to its current hosting, or as a standalone service.
Fully Managed Shared Accounts (FMSA) provide “up to 4 hours” of management service, enabling small businesses to jettison many IT responsibilities and refocus efforts on core competencies, safe in the knowledge that Host Color's team is managing their websites, apps and web hosting accounts. The service includes an "initial web hosting account technical audit, review, setup and optimization" and also offers options such as uptime monitoring, resource utilization, and optimization analysis. It also covers installation and management of WordPress websites and plugins, and provides Website Traffic Analytics options. In addition, the service extends to debugging software and "database, file and email setup management", strengthens security, and provides domain and DNS management options.
“As more businesses go for virtualized instances instead of using physical dedicated servers, managed hosting refers now a bundle of computing resources, SaaS (Software as a service) and system administration services, specified in a certain IT Hosting service agreement,” suggested Host Color's Vice President of Operations, Martin Andreev, explaining why the company moved from unmanaged to managed services. “Back in 2000, when Host Color has started as web hosting provider, the Internet world was quite easy to understand. There were no software automation tools or those available were very few and immature. Ten years ago, all IT operations required certain skill set. The web hosting industry has changed a lot within the last decade, however. Many software automation products have been introduced on the market. They have simplified the process of designing, managing and supporting websites and applications at provider's end."Do you know of any other providers offering managed services? Let us know the details. Add your comments below.