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Dedicated servers or cloud computing: The infographic

Jenny Harrison
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Choosing between your own dedicated servers or cloud computing is a tough decision. Luckily for you, Jenny Harrison explains how you can make this choice by going over the pros and cons based on variables like performance, speed, cost differentials, and scalability.

Cloud computing is, undoubtedly, the next big thing in the tech-hosting world. Along with the potential to become the only solution to future data storage, cloud servers can provide levels of performance and security similar to those of dedicated web server hosting.

However, it is important to understand the difference between the two systems. Each operator is best suited to particular scenarios. The latter, instead of being part of physical hardware, entirely ‘dedicated’ to the user, shares a virtualized environment, hosted by the cloud service provider.

Performance and speed

Objectively, if performance is taken into account, both systems are equally comparable. As sold and configured by many web hosting providers, cloud hosts share networks that underlie storage between customers, resulting in disk 10 rather unpredictably. On the other hand, when it comes to disk 10, a properly constructed dedicated hosting service offers impeccable performance on a per-dollar basis.

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Compared to their cloud competitors, dedicated hosts are much faster. While the former is great for increasing storage capabilities, the latter with RAID 10 usually outperforms more complex and expensive cloud services.

Migration pathways

Usually prospects don’t consider the minute changes in their migration path, as soon as the requirements alter. Some of the cloud service portions might remain the same among providers; however, stuff like data abstraction object based storage and database abstraction have different APIs.

If you’re using a dedicated server with cPanel for instance, migrating to an alternative provider is relatively easy.

Cost differences

The usual per-month expense for dedicated servers ranges from $100 USD to $1000 USD.  If you are a startup offering development and web design services in conjunction with Plesk or cPanel, dedicated hosts will definitely provide you more perks on your buck.

In case of cloud computing, the cost solely depends on usage; unlike dedicated servers where service is capped. A user is only charged for what he or she uses on the cloud, whether it is the data store cost or data transfer expenses.

Scalability process

Businesses that especially rely on annual sales for their revenue, cloud does make scalability easier for them. The only slight glitch on the system is that you can’t add your personal operations in the main provider’s network, expecting it to function without problems. Forcing to fit in apps onto the cloud framework would only result in a disaster.

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Once you thoroughly browse through the potential perks and mishaps of cloud hosting and dedicated servers, the decision-making process would become simpler. While making most of the infrastructure, choosing the best platform can help any business increase work flexibility and reduce overall costs.


Infographic by ProlimeHost, originally found here.



Jenny Harrison

Jenny Harrison is a blogger by choice. She loves to discover the world around her. She likes to share her discoveries, experiences, and express herself through her blogs. Currently, she is an associate with Sales Pipeline.

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