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Cloud Hosting Vs. Dedicated Hosting

Cloud Hosting Vs. Dedicated Hosting

Cloud hosting is in great demand these days. Granted, there are a few hiccups here and there. This is to be expected because it is a relatively new technology. Most experts agree that the migration has something to do with a shift in the business paradigm. This is in relation to noted advantages.

The Goal

This article will discuss cloud hosting vs. dedicated hosting. The goal is not to convince you of one over the other. Indeed, for now, it is still a question of preference, requirements, and budget.

Operating Systems

The popular misconception is that cloud hosting means letting go of a dedicated operating system. This is rubbish. You still maintain your dedicated operating system or systems. The only difference is that with cloud, there is a bigger chance that you can run multiple OS. This depends on the compatibility of your required OS with the Cloud host. Also, the type of subscription you have may limit your options.

With A dedicated server, it is harder to have multiple OS. Yes, this is possible and relatively easy to work out. However, the fact still remains that your chances of compatibility and resource capabilities are lower.

Software Application

In this regard, there is very little difference. In both cases, the administrator has the capability to remotely manage or install compatible software. This is common in both the ways since remote access already comes standard.

Server Snapshots

A server snapshot is like a restore point. Take a snapshot of the server. Then make alterations. If an unexpected error occurs, you can either fix it or revert to the server snapshot. Most dedicated servers have no server snapshot feature. On the other hand, most Cloud servers come standard with this feature. Why? First, Cloud usually means more resources. Second, being relatively new means it comes standard with newer, in demand features.

Server Performance

A standard Cloud account will usually provide better performance than low end, standard, and middle upper dedicated servers. In other words, all but the best dedicated servers will match what Cloud can provide in terms of raw performance. So the question it, why not go dedicated high end? The answer is simple; it’s too expensive and requires more maintenance.

Hardware/Resource Scaling

Scaling happens during an upgrade or extensive maintenance. You and/or host can add or remove resources and hardware while the system is running. This is usually not possible with dedicated servers wherein you need to shut down, reinstall, and re-tweak.

Server Crash

Your server crashes. With Cloud server, you can utilize the backup server image. Downtime is several minutes. Worst case scenario, you will waste 30 to 45 minutes. If you have a dedicated server, and you have no snapshot, then you would have to reinstall and recover the hard way. You’d be lucky or extremely proficient if you can get a standard server running in a couple of hours.

Physical and Immediate Control

Some call this the great equalizer. Publicly hosted Cloud servers require you to give up physical control of your server. If you feel there is something physically wrong, you can’t just go to the server room and check. You have to call support.

By Aditi Tyagi

Aditi Tyagi, Editor-in-chief at MyRealData loves to write about QuickBooks Hosting and her keyboards spend most of the time in describing how cloud hosting is changing the way accountants and other business professionals work. When she is not writing about the ‘cloud’, she spends her leisure time reading novels.

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