what is a managed network? arent all networks managed to an extent?
simply put the main difference between a managed network and an un-managed network is that the maintenance, upgrades and patches are performed in a pro-active manner as opposed to a reactive manner. furthermore, all functions of the network performs by design and not by chance or a default configuration that happened to work at the onset but may not work after a routine modification.
the other aspects of a managed network is a pre-defined set of procedures for support and problem resolution along with standardized support applications that have been tested against the network applications that are running on the customers network to insure a quick resolution.
a managed network to the business operator ultimately means greater uptime, performance and functionality. all business people know that this in almost all cases translates to a better bottom line and higher customer satisfaction.
if a business is worth operating it deserves a managed network.