What is Sitecore Managed Hosting?

Sitecore is a leading digital experience platform (DXP) provider that offers a range of hosting options to fit clients' specific needs. One popular option is Sitecore Managed Cloud.

What are managed cloud services, you ask?

In a nutshell, they’re a fully managed hosting solution. Sitecore Managed Cloud service hosts, monitors, manages, and maintains the installation of Sitecore Experience Platform (XP) and Sitecore Experience Manager (XM) while ensuring high security and brand reliability. With Sitecore Managed Cloud, businesses can enjoy the benefits of a secure, scalable, and high-performance hosting environment without the hassle of managing infrastructure. This managed cloud service option is ideal for organizations looking for a turnkey solution that allows them to focus on delivering exceptional digital experiences.  

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Sitecore’s Full Suite of Hosting Services

In this blog post, we will be delving into the world of managed hosting for Sitecore. Specifically, we will focus on Sitecore Managed Cloud, the fully managed hosting option. Sitecore also offers two additional hosting options, self-managed and on-premises deployment, which we will briefly touch upon for a comprehensive understanding of the available choices.

Managed Cloud

As mentioned, Sitecore Managed Cloud is a comprehensive managed hosting option offered by Sitecore. One of the main benefits of this hosting choice is that Sitecore takes care of all the infrastructure and maintenance tasks for you, allowing you to focus on creating exceptional digital experiences for your users. Sitecore Managed Cloud is available for both Sitecore Experience Manager (XM) and Sitecore Experience Platform (XP), providing a tailored hosting solution for different customer needs.

So, whether you are using Sitecore for content management (XM) or for a complete end-to-end digital experience (XP), Managed Cloud offers a scalable and secure hosting environment that ensures optimal performance and reliability. By opting for Sitecore Managed Cloud, you can leverage the expertise and resources of Sitecore to streamline your hosting operations.

Self-Managed Cloud

If you want to manage Sitecore software on your own without having your own data centers, self-managed cloud deployment may be the right option for you. You’ll get the software license for your environment and can self-manage it in the cloud.

On-Premises Deployment

If you’re looking to manage Sitecore software yourself and have the infrastructure to host it, on-premises deployment is a viable option. You’ll get the software license for your environment and can then deploy it in your data centers. 

The Connection Between Sitecore and Azure

Now that we’ve discussed Sitecore, let’s take a look at Azure, a powerful cloud computing platform and service from Microsoft. When it comes to Sitecore Managed Cloud, Azure serves as the reliable and secure underlying cloud infrastructure. With Azure, you can enjoy the flexibility and scalability required to host Sitecore applications. By choosing Sitecore Managed Cloud, Sitecore takes care of the deployment and management of its applications (such as XP and XM) on Azure's solid foundation. In other words, Azure forms the essential backbone for hosting and operating Sitecore applications within the Sitecore Managed Cloud service.

Azure is widely regarded as a market leader and a strong choice for hosting due to several key reasons, including the following:

  • Extensive Global Presence
  • Scalability and Flexibility
  • Broad Range of Services
  • Integration Capabilities
  • Strong Security Measures
  • Cost-Effective Pricing Structure
  • Strong Customer Base
  • Continuous Innovation

These are just some of the factors that contribute to Azure's position as a market leader in hosting services, making it an excellent choice for organizations seeking a reliable, scalable, and secure cloud hosting solution.

Why Choose Managed Hosting?

There are some compelling reasons why managed hosting may be the best option for your website.

Managed hosting is a solution that can significantly free up your time to focus on other critical aspects of your business.

Here are some reasons why you may choose managed hosting:

  • Limited Technical Expertise: Managed hosting allows you to leverage the expertise of professionals who specialize in maintaining and optimizing hosting environments so you can direct your attention to your core responsibilities within your organization.
  • Time Constraints: Managing hosting maintenance can be time-consuming, requiring regular updates, monitoring, and troubleshooting. With managed hosting, these responsibilities are taken care of by experts, allowing you to allocate your time and energy where it matters most.
  • Scalability and Growth Needs: As your business expands and experiences growth, managing hosting infrastructure becomes more complex and demanding. Managed hosting providers have the necessary infrastructure and expertise to seamlessly handle these needs.
  • Security and Compliance Requirements: Managed hosting providers offer advanced security features and ensure compliance with industry standards.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: By outsourcing hosting management, you eliminate the need to hire additional staff, invest in infrastructure, and handle maintenance expenses.  

By opting for managed hosting, you can reclaim your time and dedicate it to core business functions, innovation, and growth. It allows you to offload hosting maintenance tasks, leverage specialized expertise, ensure scalability, enhance security, and optimize cost-efficiency.  

The Benefits of Sitecore Managed Cloud

While we touched on some of the reasons why managed cloud hosting services may be right for you, here’s a comprehensive list of the key benefits of Sitecore Managed Cloud:

  • End-to-End Security: Managed Cloud providers prioritize security, implementing robust measures to protect your data and applications with comprehensive security features, including encryption, firewall protection, vulnerability scanning, and proactive threat monitoring.
  • Reduced Downtime: Managed Cloud providers proactively monitor the infrastructure, promptly addressing any issues to minimize downtime and maximize uptime for your applications and services.
  • Expertise and Support: With Managed Cloud, you gain access to a team of experienced professionals who specialize in managing hosting environments; they have extensive knowledge and skills to optimize your infrastructure, troubleshoot issues, and provide timely support as needed.
  • Scalability and Flexibility: Managed Cloud offers scalability, allowing you to easily scale your resources up or down based on demand.
  • Performance Optimization: Managed Cloud providers focus on optimizing the performance of your infrastructure with advanced caching techniques, content delivery networks (CDNs), and performance monitoring tools to ensure fast loading speeds and optimal user experiences.
  • Regular Backups and Disaster Recovery: Managed Cloud includes regular backups and disaster recovery planning to protect your data and applications, allowing for quick recovery in the event of data loss or system failures.
  • Cost Efficiency: Managed Cloud eliminates the need for upfront investments in hardware and infrastructure. This cost-efficient approach helps optimize your IT budget and reduce operational expenses.
  • Focus on Core Business: Using Managed Cloud allows you to offload the responsibility of managing and maintaining your infrastructure so you can focus on your business.
  • Compliance and Regulatory Requirements: Managed Cloud providers understand the importance of compliance and regulatory requirements, ensuring the infrastructure adheres to industry standards to meet data protection, privacy, and compliance obligations.
  • Continuous Monitoring and Updates: Managed Cloud providers continuously monitor your infrastructure, applying necessary updates, patches, and security fixes to keep your environment secure and up-to-date.

How Do I Get Started with Sitecore Managed Hosting?

Americaneagle.com is very experienced with enterprise Sitecore hosting. We have teams to support every aspect of your project, and it’s important to work with a Sitecore Solution Partner for this important aspect of your business. 

Our partner status includes:

Trust Our Azure Managed Services Team for Cloud Hosting

Our experienced team handles Sitecore Managed Cloud hosting and all cloud operations (including cloud architecture, cloud migration, and cloud management). We also handle infrastructure managed services, end-to-end security management services, Azure development and troubleshooting, compliance and data, and DevOps, as well as 24/7 monitoring and support. 

These reasons make Managed Cloud an excellent choice for businesses seeking a comprehensive and hassle-free managed hosting solution.

Trust Our Sitecore Team for Support and Updates

Our Sitecore team can help with every aspect of your site; for example, we can help talk through the pros and cons of Sitecore XM Cloud Migrations, explore wide-ranging solutions like Sitecore CDP, and help you continue to improve and maintain your website. We build new sites and improve existing websites. 

A Full-Service Solution

Americaneagle.com is a leading provider of web design, web development, hosting, and digital marketing services. We offer a range of expertise to help businesses create digital experiences that drive growth. Here is an overview of our services:

  • Web & Application Development
  • Experience Design
  • Digital Marketing
  • Strategy & Insights
  • Accessibility
  • Hosting & Security
  • Client Services
  • Artificial Intelligence Consulting

We have a proven track record of working with a wide range of clients, from startups to Fortune 500 companies, across various industries. We partner with leading innovative technology providers and remain platform agnostic to provide the best recommendations for success.

Also, we urge you to see us at the upcoming Sitecore event, Sitecore Symposium! We’d be happy to discuss how we can help your company.

Get in Touch with a Certified Sitecore Partner 

We hope you get in touch with our team to request a Sitecore Upgrade Consultation, or contact us for a free consultation about Sitecore Managed Hosting or any other Sitecore service. Our partner status, experience, and expertise is all you need.  


About Author

Shawn Griffin
Shawn has been with Americaneagle.com since 1999 in a variety of roles. Currently, Shawn is part of our digital marketing and content team. In addition to editing and producing written company pieces, he produces copy for clients and he also helps to produce our radio and TV spots. He wants to make sure everybody knows that it’s truly a collaborative effort – between many, including the people he’s worked for during the past 20+ years!


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