Which is right for your business – Dedicated servers or cloud?

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Published on: November 13, 2018 by Vinayan C V

Which is right for your business – Dedicated servers or cloud?


There is a rapid increase in the number of businesses getting online. Multiple solutions are now provided by the hosting industry. There are two major hosting options available :

  • Dedicated servers

    Dedicated servers are typically used by large businesses and organizations that require exceptionally high levels of data security, or organizations that have steady, high demands for server capacity.

  • Cloud Servers

    The cloud technology allows an infinite number of servers to act as a single entity. Here, information is stored in the “cloud” it means that it is being held in a virtual space that can draw resources from different physical hubs strategically located around the world.

    The hubs used here are the actual servers in data centers, that connect through their ability to share resources in a virtual environment is called a cloud. Cloud servers use clustered file systems such as Ceph or a large Storage Area Network (SAN) to allocate storage resources. Hosted and virtual machine data are accommodated through decentralization. A hypervisor is also installed to handle how different sizes of cloud servers are partitioned. It also manages the allocation of physical resources to each cloud server including processor cores, RAM and storage space. Cloud servers can be configured for good performance, security, and control similar to those of a dedicated server.

To decide which option is right for your business, it is essential to understand the basic differences between them:

1. Availability

Cloud servers will never go down as in case of any issue, one of the multiple nodes takes over the workload of the failed node automatically and this ensures zero downtime and maximum network uptime for your website and application.

Regarding the dedicated servers, there is a risk of downtime and hardware failure as they do not have multiple nodes to share the load.

2. Scalability of resources

Storage and workload are very easy and simple with cloud servers. ZNetLive’s cloud servers have scalable RAM, CPU, storage and strong technical resources to boost your website performance.

When it comes to a dedicated server, rigid specifications are there and scaling of resources is a bit difficult and time-consuming task.

3. Safety and security

Cloud service providers ensure data safety through dedicated IT support, secure and encrypted solutions, firewalls, and facilitate backup recoveries.

But in the case of dedicated servers, you yourself need to take essential measures from monitoring server resources to upgrading your dedicated server to secure your sensitive and confidential business information.

4. Cost-efficiency

Hourly resource-based billing is among big benefits of cloud server hosting is typically pay as you go, that means you pay only for the computing resources that you actually use. With cloud servers, bandwidth, SQL storage and disk space offered are bit expensive, but they are relatively cheaper and abundant with dedicated servers.

Dedicated servers are generally paid monthly and you have the provision to change or upgrade the plan.

5. Level of control

In cloud server, there is no complete control and is limited for the service provider. However, a dedicated server offers complete control over the server as one can add applications, programs and performance-enhancing measures to the machine.

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Vinayan C V

Vinayan C V

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