Businesses in need of network and hosting services would often find themselves with two different options—the traditional server hosting through a dedicated server computer or the newer, flourishing cloud hosting. Both can service multiple computers remotely in secure, efficient, and reliable ways. But which one would work best for you?
The original: server hosting
In the world of hosting, getting the job done through a reliable host server computer is the pioneer technology. A dedicated server basically “serves” other computers by fulfilling the requests of other programs through a local or remote network. It offers the following benefits to users:
- Security of files and the network, allowing definition of users, restriction of access, and assignment data usage roles.
- Reliability of a network, ensuring it will run in case of hardware malfunction in a user’s computer.
- Centralized data storage in multiple hard drives.
- Virus Management by monitoring and regularly updating anti-virus programs in all computers to ensure the protection of the network.
Unraveling the Cloud
Cloud computing or hosting is the newest hit in the technology marketplace to provide the same need as the server computer. Unlike the dedicated server which is physically set up by its provider, the cloud server is run through virtual software. Also known as cluster hosting, the network services are provided by multiple connected servers running in this virtual environment to create the “cloud.” Given the nature of the cloud, it allows for greater flexibility and customization based on the user’s needs and demand.
Cloud versus Ground
New technologies often beat out the traditional ones, by simple virtue of being new and having updated, more efficient features. It is time to see if this observation will hold for cloud hosting versus the physical dedicated server by checking how they compare:
- Costing and set up. A dedicated server requires hardware setup and implementation, costing users a fixed fee depending on the package selected, the price ranging from $100 up to $1,000. The price varies based on the features and the usefulness of the chosen package. A cloud server is easier to deploy with less cost, as it charges the user based instead on usage and consumption. Think your monthly mobile phone or electricity bill. The storage space and time used by your network determines your bill, which starts at a minimum of $50 and goes from there.
- Speed and performance. Dedicated servers suffer from the “dirty” instance wherein the network slows down due to many unwanted program files and temporary files. Although the same happens to cloud servers, the cloud can drop the dirty instance and get a new one without interruption, ensuring a more seamless usage for the end users.
- Reliability and scalability. Although a server computer ensures that your network keeps on running in case on computer falters, once the server computer itself falls everything else crashes along with it. This is avoided with a cloud server since it works in a virtual environment where data is stored and served in many other servers in the cloud, and also its ability to perform cloud balancing through software and hardware updates allows cloud hosting to handle immense server load. Although slowdown of the website can still happen with the cloud, the risk of the website going down is low to nil.
- Ease of use and customization. Dedicated servers are set up based on the chosen set of features of the user, and is kept that way until a new package or new features are ordered. With cloud hosting, its virtual network of servers allows for customization of storage and size when you need it, accessible through remote control. Both hosting platforms offer 24-7 customer support to provide round the clock troubleshooting to users.