What is Server Management? Like many other terms in the server management and managed services industry, server management is vaguely used and can mean different things when used by different server management service providers.

Some companies may offer a set of managed support services in their server management plan, but a different company may offer a completely different set of services. Although there are some guidelines and definitions that still hold true for any managed service provider.

This will guide you through what server management is, who needs it and why you should use it. After our intro, you should have a solid understanding of the basics.

Broad definition of server management

Server management can be defined as the tasks and services that are done on a server in order to manage it. This usually entails:

  • Monitoring of the server and apps running on the server. Checking their status, uptime, and monitoring for any new or recurring issues.

  • Updating the server and software installed on the server. Although most server management companies offer this as part of their services, some still don’t. Nevertheless, it’s still considered as part of the ‘server management’ process.

  • Setup and configuration. The actual server setup and configuration of software and services running on the server. Again, this may not be a part of the server management plan offered by some companies, but it most often is.

  • Other. This is where the issue in defining what server management actually is arises. Every provider offers totally different services, although they are still considered as part of the server management process, they are not the same among several different providers and thus cannot be considered as the “default” definition of server management.

It is highly recommended in the IT community globally after 5 years, every company should plan on replacing their Server.  Especially, if the warranty has expired and cannot be renewed.