One of the most important decisions to be made for an organization is choosing between a cloud server and a dedicated server. Every day we see a lot of debate around the same topic, which is more budget friendly, is cloud more cutting-edge, do dedicated servers provide better performance over cloud server, what are the similarities and differences.
Why should you know the difference between these two servers?
Let’s say if you plan to create a website or web application someday, you may want to understand what a server is. Plus, what makes it possible for your website to be accessible to the people on the net. So, here’s the simple answer. Every website or web app needs a server to be published and make it accessible on the internet. The role of a server is to link your website or application to the internet, allowing people across the globe to connect with it.
However, it’s not enough to know about servers when you decide to run a business. Setting up a website and setting up the success for your business go hand in hand. Now, here comes the confusion of choosing among the various web hosting servers available on the Internet that people face. This article gives you a good idea of which server you should go for and which has more advantages.
Cloud Server and Dedicated Server
Here’s a brief comparison of the two most popular servers: dedicated server and cloud server describing their advantages and disadvantages along with their features.
A dedicated server is a physical server where the customer can buy the complete server to themselves instead of having to share the server space and resources with other customers.
This server allows web developers to install custom programming languages, tools, utilities, and third-party frameworks to program complex, database-driven applications. Big firms handling a lot of traffic usually go for dedicated servers due to the advantage of customization it offers.
Cloud hosting or cloud server is a way of distributing data among multiple servers in different locations, using cloud computing technology.
In other words, cloud hosting uses multiple virtual servers and uses various systems to manage your website thus offering you high scalability and resources. Since it’s a virtual platform, you pay only for the resources and space you need which saves you unnecessary additional costs.
Cloud hosting is usually preferred by both small and big firms to host their applications due to the security, analytics, ease of scalability, 24×7 support, on-demand infrastructure and some examples of cloud hosting providers include AWS, Google Cloud, Digital Ocean etc.
Cloud vs Dedicated server – Key differences
If a business wants fast processing and retrieval of information, a dedicated server will fulfil this need as it processes data locally. Dedicated servers perform functions faster without facing lag and thus become the ideal fit for businesses where speed is an important factor.
Whereas the processing with cloud servers becomes slow as it goes through the SAN to access data which can slow the performance. A working internet condition is most important for cloud servers to show maximum performance.
It’s easy to increase or decrease resources in cloud hosting as the server is partitioned in a virtual environment. This makes it easy to add additional computing and storage resources.
Scalability is one of the main reasons for the cloud’s increasing popularity and demand in businesses. Not only can data storage capacity, processing power and networking be adjusted as per needs using existing cloud computing infrastructure but scaling with the cloud is also super quick and easy.
However, dedicated servers cannot scale easily because of their rigid specifications. The change of processors on a dedicated server without maintenance also requires more time and resources.
Dedicated Server & Cloud Migration
If you decide to migrate with a dedicated server, you will need more planning as compared to the cloud server. Without a full-scale plan on how to create and execute the migration, it won’t be possible to have a seamless migration using a dedicated server.
On the other hand, the important question to ask when it comes to cloud migration is whether or not your application is compatible with the cloud. Plus, if they have enterprise licensing that would be impacted differently by a multi-tenant environment. Only after considering all these factors, you can make your decision to switch. You must also ensure that you have backups until the new environment becomes fully functional. However, a cloud expert can definitely help you with data migration in a faster way as compared to data migration in dedicated servers where data loss is a major issue.
Operations & Server Management
Cloud servers shine when it comes to maintenance and monitoring. While the responsibility to monitor and manage your server rests on you with dedicated servers, cloud servers come with multiple dashboards and tools allowing the customers to set up alerts and alarms to monitor individual components such as memory, compute, and networks. Usually a cloud service provider handles all this and becomes much easier to stay on cloud than dedicated servers.
Server Cost Comparison
The cost of hosting depends on a lot of factors including server set-up timeline, compliance requirements configuration, management, and support.
When we consider all these, cloud computing is more cost-efficient than dedicated servers as the model involves the billing of only those computing resources you use. However, despite having lower entry costs than dedicated servers, over time, the cost-efficiency of cloud hosting reduces. This is because the storage keeps filling up with each file added, and it keeps getting expensive until there’s no difference in the dedicated and cloud server with respect to the cost.
Which Server Is the Right Fit For Your Business?
Each server has its own advantages and disadvantages. So before you select a server for your business, it’s important to invest enough time to understand the specific needs and goals of your business, and the kind of customers it caters to.
However, owing to the features that come with cloud hosting, the majority of businesses today are moving to the cloud. And this shift has some valid reasons. Cloud is not just cost-efficient but also offers scalability, and flexibility and allows you to use much more technologies than possible with a dedicated server. Cloud servers are also preferred for e-commerce websites with unpredictable and fluctuating demands, for SMB websites looking for cost efficiency and for testing new websites in general. Put simply, cloud hosting has become the go-to server for businesses today as it helps them meet the customers’ requirements most optimally.
Yet, as mentioned earlier, selecting the right server business depends completely on your business goals. So, make sure you consider which server would be most suitable to meet your business goals!
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