• 14th Mar 2017  / 
  • by Shaun McKay

Cloud Hosting vs. Dedicated Servers

The cloud is the future! The cloud is the new way forward! You need the cloud!

…But do you really?

When it comes to hosting your application or website, you have a number of choices. Every hosting option has its own pros and cons. Some solutions will suit your business needs better than others. Capacity, cost of set up and maintenance, security – all these factors come into play when it comes to deciding where to host your business offering.

So let’s compare cloud hosting to using dedicated servers.

Cloud Hosting

The cloud – that mysterious place where Apple and Google send all your information – is actually a virtual real-time environment that is hosted by multiple connected servers all at once. Cloud hosting has many advantages, which is why it has become so popular.

Cloud Hosting Pros

  • No hardware to buy/maintain
  • Pay for what you use
  • Dynamic/Elastic scaling
  • Unlimited instance & disc scaling
  • Resilient and Redundant

Cloud Hosting Cons

  • Bandwidth limited
  • High storage allowance cost
  • Lower performance in many cases
  • Lack of control

Dedicated Server Hosting

Dedicated server hosting provides a robust and reliable solution. They work in controlled, fixed values and are more reliable than cloud hosting. Dedicated servers are reliable and offer greater control.

Dedicated Server Pros

  • Full admin control
  • Lots of initial disc space
  • Inexpensive bandwidth
  • Inexpensive storage
  • High performance

Dedicated Server Cons

  • Always paying for maximum power
  • Limited physical disc space
  • Physical scaling limit
  • Threat of hardware failure
  • Configuration and management needed

As a general rule, if you run a business and your bandwidth and storage are known quantities, dedicated servers are better. If you are in a fast growth market and anticipate spikes in demand, cloud hosting provides a more flexible solution.

Ultimately, as with so many things, when it comes to the question of web hosting, it depends. Every business has a unique set of needs and circumstances. If you would like to discuss hosting options and find out which hosting solution is right for you, give us a call.

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