So, we’re assuming, because you’ve ended up here, that you’ve entered the weird world of debate revolving around which one you should get: Cloud server hosting or dedicated server hosting. Now, it can all be a little confusing – we won’t even begin to mention that you can have a blend of the two. So, which one should you choose?The reality is, both options have their advantages and disadvantages, and ultimately, your decision will be entirely subjective to your business, your objectives and your needs. Don’t worry, we’re here to guide you to make the best decision. The following will lay out the advantages and disadvantages of having both a cloud server and a dedicated server. From this, you will (hopefully) not only understand the two a little bit better, but also be able to determine which one would be best for you and your needs.
Cloud ServersAs you probably guessed, a cloud server is a virtual server rather than a physical server. They are built and hosted virtually through the internet, and can be accessed anywhere. The whole purpose of a server, especially for businesses, is to store and share data and distribute files and folders across a network of computers. Hypothetically, a cloud server would allow remote workers to have access to the same files and data, through the cloud service provider.
Benefits of a cloud serverThe big benefit of a cloud server is that you can share hardware, files and data easily, wherever you are. This would be great for a business that possibly has a lot of remote workers. But that’s not the only reason to favour a cloud server. Cloud servers have the added benefit that you only pay for the exact about of server space that you used up. So, if demand is low, your cost will also be low. This brings us onto the next benefit; it doesn’t matter how much your demands or workload fluctuates, your server will just adapt to your business at that time. This allows you to easily to manage your server, without cost implications.
Dedicated serverOn the other hand, you have a dedicated server. These are physical servers, you or your business will purchase or rent one of these, purely for your own needs. Don’t worry, you can still upgrade your dedicated server, it just has to be carried out by an expert – something that most businesses have.Many big businesses and organisations opt to purchase a dedicated server, and those with steady but high demands, find that they work the best for them.
Benefits of a dedicated serverThe main benefits that come with a dedicated server revolve around the fact that it is your server. You have the full resources of a single server, with no worry about other websites, spammers or scripts slowing down your server. With it being just your server, you also have a better sense of security. You can be completely sure that you aren’t sharing a server with any malicious website. This is particularly important for large businesses with sensitive data. Something which is important for many is the IP address too. With a dedicated server you get your own unique IP address, instead of sharing one with other websites. In short, if you arr sharing a server with a spam website then your website might not rank high, just because of this factor.
Which one is best for me? Obviously, your decision will depend on many different things. Below we have listed some of the top factors people look into before choosing their server. By exploring these points, you will optimistically make a solid decision about your server. These factors are; cost, security and uptime.
CostCloud servers give you the option to pay hourly or monthly, depending on the resources you use. This means you will only pay for what you use; perfect for businesses that might not be able to estimate their capacity, for whatever reason. Dedicated servers require you to assume just how much capacity you’ll need, investing in a server that will meet these assumptions. That being said, providers could give you a much better deal on a long-term contract with a dedicated server.
SecurityWe’ve mentioned that a dedicated server is great for security – you don’t have to worry about sharing anything with anybody else. Basically, when you’re in a shared hosting, like with a cloud server, you are more vulnerable to hackers. Once a hacker has access to one of the websites on the shared hosting server, it has easier access to the others. If security is at the forefront of your business (maybe you have very sensitive data to protect), a dedicated server would probably be the best choice for you.
UptimeWith a dedicated server, your uptime is heavily dependent on one single server. This basically means that, in the event of failure, there’s not really a backup plan…unless you have a second server. On the flip side, with a cloud server, your uptime could possibly be affected when other sites, on the shared server, get a peak in traffic. That being said, for those who are quite dependent on uptime, a cloud server would probably be your safest choice.
Make the decision
We hope we have shed a little bit of light on the advantages and disadvantages of cloud and dedicated servers, so that you can make the best decision for yourself or your organisation. Both have amazing qualities, it’s just about picking the right one for you, still not sure which one is best for you? Contact us and we’re happy to help you find the perfect fit.