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Cloud or dedicated server, which is right for you?

April 29, 2024

As your business grows, so do your hosting needs. With so many hosting options available, choosing the right one for your business is not a decision to take lightly. Two popular choices are cloud hosting and dedicated server hosting. Each comes with its own set of considerations.

In this article, we explore a few of the key differences to help you decide which is best for your business.

What’s the difference between cloud hosting and dedicated server hosting?

Cloud hosting makes use of a shared cloud platform to provide virtual infrastructure services such as compute, storage and network. Your application is hosted across a network of virtual servers, allowing these resources to be dynamically allocated based on demand.

In comparison, a dedicated server, also known as a self-managed server, involves leasing a physical server from a hosting provider and having exclusive access to its resources. This makes them ideal for resource-intensive applications that need consistent performance.

Scalability and cost

Think of the cloud as a large pool of resources that you can tap into on demand. You only pay for what you use, making it ideal for applications with fluctuating requirements. In cases where you need to handle a sudden increase or decrease in usage, the cloud allows you to scale your resources up or down as needed. 

A dedicated server is a physical machine reserved solely for your application. This offers consistent performance at a fixed monthly cost. At the outset, your server may be configured for your immediate resource needs – needs which may change over time. Many hosting providers offer the flexibility of allowing you to upgrade your resources when needed, which would change your monthly cost. 

Management and control

Cloud providers manage the cloud infrastructure for you, taking this responsibility off your shoulders and providing you with access to interfaces and tools for provisioning and managing your cloud resources. 

Dedicated servers offer a higher degree of control and customisation than cloud hosting. While hosting providers do handle hardware maintenance, you have full root access to manage the server.

Security and reliability

Both cloud and dedicated server hosting providers invest heavily in providing secure and highly redundant hosting environments, which include backup power and hardware to avoid disruption.

Cloud platforms are inherently more redundant than dedicated servers. Cloud providers typically take on more responsibility for securing the shared cloud platform, while with a dedicated server, security would be yours to manage. 

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So, which solution is best?

Cloud hosting is best suited for applications with variable usage, or those requiring high availability. So if you’re looking for scalability and availability, you may want to consider the cloud for your hosting needs. 

Dedicated server hosting is a good choice for applications that require consistent performance with a high degree of control over the environment. If performance and control are important considerations for you, you may benefit most from dedicated server hosting. 

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Ultimately, the choice between cloud hosting and dedicated server hosting depends on your application’s specific requirements, budget, and long-term goals.  

Try xneelo Cloud beta free

xneelo Cloud beta is a self-managed cloud service that allows you to deploy and manage your compute, storage, and network resources on demand. The product is currently available to a limited number of existing customers with at least one paid invoice. During the beta programme, you will have full access to the product and all its features, free of charge. 

If you’d like to take part in the xneelo Cloud beta programme, simply click on the ‘Try xneelo Cloud’ button in your xneelo Control Panel and follow the on-screen prompts.

Learn more about our xneelo Cloud beta programme here.

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