Dedicated Servers vs. Cloud Servers
December 28, 2010
Dedicated Servers vs. Cloud Servers When looking to acquire a server to host their e-commerce site, many people will find themselves deciding between a dedicated server or cloud server. Before making a decision, it is important to understand the differences between the two systems so you will know that you are making the best decision that meets all of your specific server needs. Cloud Servers Cloud servers deploy an easy and fast server that is ready to be utilized. There are different types of cloud servers available. You just have to select your required software and in just a couple of minutes the cloud server will be deployed, configured, and ready to be used. When it comes to billing for a cloud server, most providers will charge by the hour allowing you to pay only for what you use. With cloud servers, it is very simple to scale the server vertically, All that you have to do is choose the resource amount that you want and give it to the cloud server, As well, you have the capability to resize the cloud server which gives you the ability to easily and quickly add or remove memory, computing power, and hard drive space. Once you have provided the cloud server with your specifications, it will make the modifications quickly. As well, you have the ability scale horizontally. This is achieved by load balancing over many web server front ends. To do this, you just have to make a template of the server’s front end to make an identical front end cloud server which is used for load balancing. You can also test a code change and not have it affect the original cloud server. A cloud server contains many important tools such as monitoring, firewalls, backups, private networking, scaling, restoration, and scaling. These tools can be managed within your browser using the provider’s cloud portal. As well, these tools and features do not need extra charges other than the hard disk storage that is used. Dedicated Servers It can be quite a time-consuming task to deploy a dedicated server. It also can take a considerable amount of work to deploy the server. For instance, you have to choose all of the hardware and then install it which includes plugging it into the network. Then, you have to install the software.  The operating system also has to be installed which includes system upgrades. Software applications must also be installed and configured.  The entire installation process can take days or even weeks. When it comes to costs, a dedicated server usually requires a set-up fee and a monthly or yearly contract. It can also be challenging to add and remove resources which can result in significant downtime. As well, upgrading a dedicated server requires building a new server and going through the entire installation process. This can take days to accomplish and can be very costly. For instance, a new firewall will require leasing a dedicated hardware firewall. Connecting to other servers will require leasing a private switch or paying for private network connections. Dedicated Servers and Cloud Servers have significant differences that must be considered when choosing a server. It is important to research and consider your server options so you will ensure that you have made the right choice.