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					Managed hosting entails the provision of a server for organizational use. A client, the
organization, leases the server from a hosting provider. The hosting provider provides
monitoring and other support of the server while the organization is leasing it. Hosting
provides beneficial services to the organization leasing the server and the services provided
could go towards increasing an organization's efficiency.

Hosting typically entails storing an organization's information and data in a server. The
information is meant to be accessed over the internet. The access ranges from organizational
access to public access. Managed hosting gives the organization the power to control certain
components of the server. Since the organization leases the server for the organization's
specific use, they are able to control the softwares, applications and hardware that accompany
the server. This includes choosing the operating system to use with the server and connecting
hardwares like printers to the server.

All computers within an organization are usually hooked to the server allowing the
employees to share work with each other using softwares, which enhance data sharing. The
efficiency of the workers is enhanced since they can all simultaneously work on documents
accessible through the server. The hardwares hooked within these server networks are shared
among the employees of an organization. This saves up on the cost of buying several
computer accompanying hardwares to hook up to individual computers within the
organization.

The organization requires the server to function at all times to allow the employees to
undertake their different duties. Servers just like any other available technologies are bound
to face malfunctions or break downs. The organization is simply a user of the server and may
not have the knowledge to handle the break downs or malfunctions when they occur.
Managed hosting provides monitoring and evaluation services to ensure that the server and its
accompanying hardwares function optimally throughout. Monitoring the server allows the
detection of any problems and they can be immediately fixed before they affect the entire
system. Intrusions into the system can also be detected and prevented.

The management of the server also extends to ensuring that the server is accorded the highest
level of security at all times. The server contains organizational information, which is usually
sensitive and should not be accessed for malicious use. The hosting services ensure that the
server's firewall is up and running throughout. Anti virus softwares are also installed to the
server and updates are carried out to ensure that the software provides the server the highest
level of protection.

Managed hosting services also extend to updating the server and its softwares in line with
technological advancements. An organization may not necessarily be aware of the latest
technological advancements, which can enhance how the server performs. The hosting
service providers take it upon themselves to carry out the updates as part of the services they
offer.