It has always been debated whether cloud hosting is better than dedicated servers. The main point of cloud hostings is its scalable ability while dedicated servers boast cheaper costs. But if you are the client which would you choose?
In this article we will try to point out the salient and advantageous features of both. First let’s start with the basics. What are servers? What is a dedicated server? What is a cloud server? How are the two different and what are their pros and cons?
What are servers?
Servers are computer programs that await the requests of client programs and fulfills them. It serves as a repository of data and programs where users can share. In the web, the server hosts websites and delivers each web page to clients.
Web servers usually use the client/server model and the WWW’s Hypertext Transfer Protocol or HTTP. Dedicated servers were once the ultimate choice of many, however, when cloud computing gained attention in the late 90’s and early 2000’s (finally gaining traction a couple of years later), the world wide web started to get divided in their views.
A dedicated server is often advisable for websites that get 10,000 or more hits a day. Its advantage over a shared server is the fact that shared server start to get disadvantaged once it picks up traffic. Shared servers share bandwidth while dedicated servers don’t. But how will dedicated servers fare if compared to cloud? We will check on that later.
For now, let’s get all the info on dedicated servers:
- Reliability. Dedicated servers are immune to sudden sources of traffic to the sites. Thus it becomes reliable and can withstand resource demand. There will be less performance loss and less outages.
- Root Access. Dedicated servers give their clients the chance to customize their server. One can tweak their set up; build, tear down, launch or configure things any way they want. It also allows you to choose operating systems.
- Abundant disk space. Compared to shared host, dedicated servers have more disk space. You don’t share it thus you have all its space for your needs.
- Privacy. Privacy issues are always present. In its rival, privacy issues are littered with assurances from hosting companies. In dedicated servers, there is a physical segregation of the client’s information. This offers stronger security and less chance of a breach of data. One can configure firewall rules, user roles and file permissions options.
- Accessibility. Non-shared options for dedicated servers makes it possible for you to access the server whenever you like. No waiting in line for a good connection.
- Server Management. Since it is purely dedicated to your website and your data, you can manage it fully. You can prioritize things that you deem important. It also gives you the leeway to offer your service and lease shared hosting services to other people who need it.
- Cyber attacks. Dedicated servers are deemed to be less susceptible to attacks. You own your own IP which others can’t drag into blacklists and other wrongdoings.
- abundant and inexpensive disk space
- cheap bandwidth
- has room to grow
- the SQL storage is cheap
- high performance
However, no matter how good the benefits of this type of server are,there are also some cons in its performance. They are as follows:
- rigid specs
- limited physical disk space
- limit to physical scaling
- susceptibility to hardware failures
- requirement of high level technical knowledge
- Expensive compared to shared hosting
Cloud servers work virtually. They are software independent and do not need a centrally installed software to run. Literally, it’s like having your data in the cloud, floating up in space. Cloud servers are virtual but real-time environments hosted by multiple servers that are connected. And with its various benefits, many companies are turning to cloud for data storage and for servers.
Vivek Kundra, former federal CIO of the US, defined cloud computing as “far more secure than traditional computing, because companies like Google and Amazon can attract and retain cyber-security personnel of a higher quality than many governmental agencies”.
Pros include the following:
- Faster service. Since cloud servers need not be configured, it yields faster service compared to dedicated servers. Those who are short on time and need something right away are always advised to choose cloud servers.
- Security. The cost of the server in cloud servers are shared by many. However, this does not compromise the security. It has firewalls that are customizable and an isolated disk space.
- Performance. Cloud server performance is predictable as well as reliable. There is a well regulated environment complete with secure resources.
- Control. Cloud servers offer users a sense of control in terms of root access, technical support and guaranteed resources. Cloud server also allows control of the server and lets you choose the software you want to install.
- Disaster recovery. When companies started migrating to cloud, they needed less and less complicated disaster recovery plans. Most companies can resolve cloud server issues in an average of 2.1 hours compared to the 8 hours of non-cloud server users. There is generally a fast recovery from glitches and cloud doesn’t incur much downtime.
- Automatic software updates. Cloud server suppliers do the cloud computing security and software updates automatically. No need to waste time on on-site employees during updates.
- Free from capital expenditure. All cloud servers require a pay-as-you-go policy which doesn’t require capital expenditure. It has little project start-up expenditures and doesn’t have unpredictable ongoing operating expenses since all payments were all stated prior to the start-up.
- Work from anywhere. Internet access is what anybody needs to be able to access the cloud server. This increases flexibility as well as it increases productivity. It’s very advantageous for companies with worldwide linkages.
- Document control. With cloud servers, employees all over the world will have the chance to make changes at the same time, making collaboration better.
- Environmentally friendly. Cloud servers minimizes the carbon footprint. There is less consumption when it comes to electricity and carbon emissions from servers.
Cons includes the following points:
- Bandwidth limitation
- Downtime when internet is out
- A bit expensive
- SQL storage is expensive
- NO hard drive
- Data ownership
We can’t give a very specific verdict but we will point out the advantages of each based on the mentioned pros and cons. The dedicated server seems stable but cloud server offers more scalability. The cloud server offers more pros and it has been taking the world by storm. Dedicated serves are still reliable but will seem to have been overtaken by cloud servers in the near future.
Your options depend on the type of business you have and the kind of management you can give. Dedicated server is best for websites that expect heavy traffic; a very popular site, or site that has a large customer database. Cloud servers on the other hand are very useful for companies with 100 or fewer employees since it cuts down upfront costs.
But with good reviews and the huge number of businesses migrating to the crowd, we say that cloud is gaining a lot of traction. Now to cap off the debate, here’s a final word for you.
“If you’re the kind of small business that has employees who work from different places–or has remote employees, board members, or vendors who need access to your data–cloud computing is the only way to go,” says Rosenfeld of Fanminder as cited from PcMag.
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