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Comparison of Cloud Servers and Dedicated Servers

by Josipa Štrok9. October, 2015

For newer companies that are still in the process of starting, cloud hosting is the better choice. Read below to view the difference between cloud servers and dedicated servers.

Cloud Hosting

In essence, if you are a start-up company and to a large extent you rely on your web-based technology, and do not have the necessary funds to invest in on-site hosting, but are planning significant business growth in the very near future, then you will benefit from the cloud hosting. Since your business is primarily web-based, you really can not afford to experience a significant amount of down-time because your site takes too much resources on the server, but at the same time you need to save funds and rationally invest them.

Cloud hosting is a very flexible option which allowing you to customize your hosting plans, quickly and easily in response to changing needs. Many cloud hosting providers have a choice of Windows or Linux, and will provide you only – the serving of flexibility through a dedicated hosting, billing and flexible API.

All in all, you can save money by paying only for what you need and when you need it, while at the same time using a reliable, stable hosting plan. Such scalability is ideal for companies that do not have the resources or the need for a comprehensive and dedicated hosting packages. Of course, this all means that your IT department will likely have to spend a lot of their time managing the server configuration because your traffic will always change, so that server configurations will not remain static.

Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated hosting works in a different way. As with cloud hosting you just buy a part of the server space, and perhaps share space on that server with other companies, with dedicated hosting you have complete control over your server or more if you have a need.

Dedicated hosting has three distinct advantages. First, the server is located in a safe and secure data center, which means that your business does not have to spend anything to invest in hardware or infrastructure or additional space that is required when you have your own server. Second, dedicated hosting means that you do not share space with other users on the server but is fully dedicated to applications, web sites and platforms of your company. Unlike shared hosting, dedidacted hosting is more flexible because you have complete control over the server, including choice of operating system, hardware, and nothing should affect the load time. Finally, with dedicated hosting, your IT department has full reign and able to fully customize the server performance to perfectly suit the needs of your business.

Now, if you are wondering for which type of business is dedicated hosting right solution? The answer is, in fact, to a large and stable business that relies greatly on its online presence (and thus its hosting), so that customers have access at any time to products or services. So, dedicated servers are for online stores or on-line advertising networks. If your business fits that description, then this is probably the type of hosting you are looking for.

To help you in decision, below is infographic from discountdediservers.com which show the differences between Cloud Servers and Dedicated Servers and lets users see the benefits and disadvantages of both:

Cloud Servers and Dedicated Servers