Cloud Vs. Dedicated Hosting Server: Which Is Best For Your Business?

Shraddha Singh

Sep 17, 2019

Every company needs a website and a fast server to host it on. Selecting the perfect hosting server has many implications for a far-reaching business. A study by Neil Patel stated that even a one-second difference in page response could cost a company 7% of its customers.
Since Google has updated its algorithm to including page speed as a ranking factor, consider the loss with your rankings suffering and customers leaving your pages due to load time.

Load-time is just one of many examples of the importance and impact of hosting servers. Whether you're a small business or a booming enterprise, the question remains: what is the difference between Cloud Servers and Dedicated Servers and which one is the best solution for you?

To understand this better, Here's a brief neutral comparison without being biased towards Cloud Hosting… So, let us also kick-start the comparison with the basics of these major hosting technologies.

What are Cloud Servers?

Cloud Hosting is the most modern form of hosting services and is the current big thing in the hosting market. A cloud server rather than a physical server is a virtual server operating in a cloud computing environment. It is developed, hosted, and distributed and can be accessed remotely via a cloud computing platform via the internet. Cloud servers are also known as virtual servers. Cloud servers provide all the software required to function and operate as independent units.It actually runs on a large number of different servers and is exceptionally resilient. So even if one component fails, services will continue processing from the other servers.

In the near future, the cloud has the huge potential of becoming the sole solution to data storage and hosting. Cloud servers do not require any upfront investment and are more cost-effective in the purchasing and maintenance of infrastructure. Cloud services are billed like a utility, so you only pay for what you use. But this also means that the cloud, while a genuinely useful and powerful option for many organizations, can rapidly degenerate into an expensive, budget-busting plan without proper management and planning.

How does Cloud Server work?

In simple terms, Cloud Server Hosting is a virtualized hosting platform.
Hardware known as bare metal servers provides the base level support for multiple cloud servers. A Public Cloud is usually made up of many bare-metal servers. These are kept in a secure facility like a Data Centers. Each of these physical servers operate as a host to various virtual servers.

A virtual server can be created in a matter of seconds and can also be dismissed as quickly when it is no longer needed. Sending resources to a virtual server is simple as well. It requires no in-depth hardware modifications. Flexibility is one of the main advantages of a cloud hosting server, and it is a component that is fundamental to the idea of the Cloud.

There can be many web servers providing resources to the same virtual space within a single cloud. Even though each physical unit may be a bare metal server, the virtual space is what clients are using and paying for ultimately. Customers do not necessarily access the operating system of any of the base units.

Advantages of using cloud hosting services:

  1. Highly flexible and resilient. Allows for the infrastructure to scale up quickly to deal with sudden traffic surges
  2. No need for you to buy, house, and maintain your own hardware
  3. Reduces capital expenditure, Only Pay for what you use
  4. Dynamic/Elastic scaling
  5. Unlimited disk and instance scaling
  6. Advanced automated redundancy
  7. Better performance And Higher Availability. Means, more time than managed server

What is Dedicated Server?

Dedicated servers are physical servers that you have solely for your own websites. The service providers will give complete administration over the server and full management rights to one customer only. They are better performing and highly protected. They give users full control and provide the availability of technical experts at all times to monitor the servers for any glitches. Servers maintained by the service provider are housed in climate-controlled data centers with 24/7 monitoring and backups.

Each dedicated server will have a unique IP address along with the option to have more than one IP address. With bare metal server, you have the opportunity to move into the cloud once it's time to scale out. Managed servers provide you an abundance of room for growth, plus the freedom to customize your hardware and software while you're sorting out your product. Also, there is one clear operational advantage to a managed server: It is well-built, stable, compatible, and offers predictable billing based on a contract, rather than usage-based pricing structures that can confound budgets.

How does Dedicated Servers work?

Dedicated hosting servers are the most influential machines in the cloud market and often contain multiple processors. Dedicated hosting has the potential to have just a single client on a physical server. All of the resources of that server are available to that specific client that rents or buys the physical hardware.

Resources are customized to the needs of the client, including storage, RAM, bandwidth load, and type of processor. A single client may require a cluster of servers. This cluster is known as a "private cloud."

The cluster is built on virtual technology, with all the dedicated servers contributing to a single virtual location. The resources that are in the virtual space are only available to one client, however.

Benefits of using Dedicated Server hosting:

  1. Good customization and faster access.
  2. Excellent reliability, exclusive usage, and a good security system
  3. Abundant and Inexpensive disk space (to start)
  4. Bandwidth and SQL storage is cheap
  5. High performance and excellent stability as there will be full control over the server
  6. Highly Scalable and opportunity to grow
  7. High-grade flexibility as the clients can install any application and software they need

Deciding between the cloud and dedicated server

Choosing your server solution necessitates taking stock of your organization: what are its long term goals? What sort of IT requirements does it have? Where do you see its internet presence in 1- 5 years?

With both server types, you have to choose your initial server setup. Initially, both will perform just fine on a single instance of a cloud or a single managed server platform. For most companies, a well-featured bare-metal server can take you well beyond an initial launch, but a small cloud instance may be an affordable and reasonable strategy in the short term.

Our Opinion

Both Cloud and Dedicated hosting servers have the option to have fully managed, unmanaged, or, self-managed server types.

We would suggest you use Dedicated Servers because In this hosting your website hosted on a server that you lease in the data-center of a web hosting service. In simple words, you pay the web hosting service a fixed amount to rent a server that only you can use. You want to use this server alone to fulfill your business needs and for better performance. At the same time, you want to keep away from the many security risks with shared hosting.

RedSwitches has experienced system architects that will work with you to develop a reliable and consistent dedicated server or an affordable and reasonable strategy for scalable and flexible cloud hosting.

Have Questions?
Still not convinced about which hosting option to choose? Need guidance in resolving the challenge of finding the right hosting strategy for your business? Contact us and receive a free consultation by one of our hosting service experts.

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