More and more businesses are going the online way. Not only is this the new “in” move, this is also a cost effective and performance driven one. While most businesses have experts to guide them when it comes to choosing the right type of server to host their website, there are a few that seek help and advice in deciding on the best hosting option for their requirements. There is a deluge of hosting providers plying their trade in the market and the sheer range of options available for the average punter is mind-boggling. This leads to a lot of confusion in the mind of the client who can’t make up his mind whether to go for cloud hosting or dedicated hosting.
If you are seeking the right solution for your web hosting needs, you must first understand the difference between cloud and dedicated servers so that you can take an informed decision.
The biggest difference
There is a major difference between cloud servers and dedicated ones. With cloud servers, the client does not have to make any capital intensive investment related to the purchase and maintenance of hardware. It is the provider’s duty to take care of all those aspects.
This is not the case with a dedicated server since the client has to buy or rent the hardware, including the server, and other resources from the web hosting provider.
However, there are several other factors that play a big role in determining the differences between cloud and dedicated servers. Let us take these up one by one.
While the main point of expenses regarding the purchase and maintenance of server, whether cloud or dedicated, has already been discussed, the related point is cost-effectiveness. In cloud hosting, you have to pay on a usage basis. This is calculated hourly. You pay only for the amount of computing resources you use, which is inclusive of disk space, storage, bandwidth, etc.
In dedicated hosting, you have to pay a fixed amount every month (generally), which gives you access to a set amount of resources. You have to pay this amount whether you utilize the resources or not.
This is a major advantage of cloud servers. They never go down. If there is a server issue and it fails or goes down, its workload is immediately and automatically taken over by another server from the network. What this means is your website or application will never see any downtime.
In dedicated servers, there are no additional servers to take over if your server shuts down. So, there is a risk of downtime or hardware failure in case of server issues.
With cloud servers, it is the duty of the provider to ensure adequate safety and security of the client’s mission-critical data and sensitive information. They usually employ tools such as firewalls, encryptions, backups, recovery solutions, IT support, etc. to make sure of the robustness of their safety measures.
This is not the case with dedicated servers where the client is completely and totally responsible for securing their server. They also have to take care of upgrade the server as and when needed to keep up with the changing technologies.
With growth comes the demand for further resources. Cloud servers provide resources on demand, at the click of a button or mouse. This is extremely helpful when battling sudden, unexpected website traffic spikes or business growth spurts.
In dedicated hosting, the client may have to face troubles with scalability since there are rigid specifications in place that disallow expansion or availability of resources at will.
Now here’s where dedicated servers rule. This is because with a dedicated server, the client has complete control over the server. They can add or remove applications and modify the computing environment to make it suitable for their computing needs.
With cloud servers, this facility is not granted to the client and they have to adjust to the offerings provided by the hosting company.
So, now that the main differences are clear, it will be easy for you to decide which option to go for. Just take a good look at your business goals and objectives and then take a call on the right hosting solution.