Cloud hosting has earned a reputation for being a cheaper alternative to a dedicated server. But in reality, the variances are much more pronounced than that. Before you decide on the best option for your business, here’s a quick overview of their differences and benefits.
A dedicated server is a physical server purchased (or rented) exclusively for your business. With a dedicated server, software is installed locally on your organisation’s computers and servers.
Today, dedicated servers tend to be used by larger businesses that have a continual high demand for server capacity and stringent data security requirements.
In the majority of cases, businesses manage dedicated servers in-house. So there are requirements in terms of IT capacity and expertise when it comes to ongoing maintenance, firefighting and upgrades. However, it is possible to deploy a managed option which removes the day-to-day hassle (although this is usually costly)
The most significant difference between a cloud and dedicated server is where they reside. With a cloud-server, everything is hosted by a vendor in a shared ‘virtualised’ environment and accessed via a web browser.
With no upfront investment in hardware and software, cloud servers offer a dynamic and scalable form of hosting that will develop with your business. And you only ever pay for what you use. As such, this approach has become the obvious choice for many SMEs and growing organisations. Furthermore, because you share the hardware with other customers, you’ll benefit from economies of scale.
Offering high resilience and flexibility, today’s cloud servers have come a long way and can even be configured to provide levels of performance and security similar to a dedicated server.
Crucially, with a cloud server everything is managed by your cloud hosting provider.
Combining cloud and dedicated servers creates a custom-built hybrid solution. With this approach, businesses can achieve the best of both worlds; cherry-picking the useful bits from both hosting solutions. Hybrid servers are becoming increasingly common in industries with strict regulations around data protection to ensure requirements are met.
Which option is right for you?
When looking to replace their old server and buy a new one, many businesses are looking to upgrade to the cloud. But, how can you be sure it’s the right option for you?
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When looking for information on cloud servers, the sheer volume of resources available can be overwhelming. Not to mention overly technical. So, how can you be sure you make the right decision?
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Removing the jargon and keeping everything simple, we’ll look at the advantages and challenges of clouds servers, and examine how much they really cost to run.
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