What is the Difference between Cloud Server and Dedicated Server?

The varieties of Web Hosting available for today’s business are too complex. The entire blog focuses on the clear explanation of two of the most popular types of infrastructure hosting that are: Cloud Server and Dedicated server.

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Cloud Server:

Cloud Servers are virtual servers; they built, hosted and delivered through a cloud computing platform over the internet. But in preference of being hosted on physical hardware the server is singularly used by you, they lie in a shared “virtualized” environment that’s handled by your cloud hosting provider.

Dedicated Server:

Dedicated Server also identified as bare metal servers, which are purchased or rented entirely for your own business needs. Dedicated servers are commonly used by big businesses and organizations that require exceptionally high levels of data security, or organizations that have consistent, high demands for server capacity.

WHAT ARE THE BASIC DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DEDICATED SERVER AND CLOUD SERVER?

EXAMPLE 1

Expenditure

A cloud server basically works on a Pay as a Service based cloud service module. The User is only required to pay how much he had consumed. You are required to pay on hourly basis.
And if you own a dedicated Server, you are bound to pay at least for a month. A bare metal server offers you a fix RAM into a Fix 30 day’s value.

For Example: If developers are required to make some changes into the application and they only need to be using that platform for an hour, if they avail Cloud servers they will only pay for the time, they had utilized the server services.

If they would have used bare metal server, they have to pay for at-least a month.


EXAMPLE 2

Memory

If you had own a dedicated Server that is consisted by 16 Giga Byte RAM, that holds a storage capacity 16 GB, Suddenly, the concurrent visitors on your application are increased and you only have limited resources for the same, then the application will got stuck due to exceeding the visitors that could not handle that much of traffic.

In that Case, if you would have owned a Cloud Server, Those virtual servers’ offers you a scalable feature, which allows you to fix your resources consumption in a slot from Minimum to Maximum usage. The consumption will totally depend upon the number of concurrent visitors, for example: If you fix a slot as: Minimum: 4 GB and Maximum: 64 GB, The consumption will be automatically and your application will not stop.

EXAMPLE 3

Ownership

Bare metal servers essentially means that you have your own server to run your website. The entire resource required to efficiently run your website belongs to you only, which offers limitless flexibility and power. Perks of using a Dedicated server could be:

  • Administrative Autonomy
  • Optional Performance
  • Advance security

Whereas, In Cloud servers, Your Hard Drive is on shared basis, Your website could run slow as so many websites are running on the same server. In this case security is not guaranteed, If any of the website running on the server got leaked or hacked your site will be affected.

This is especially true when it comes to disk IO.  With most cloud systems, the network and underlying storage are shared among customers. This can cause disk I/O to be unpredictable.   If another customer starts to send large amounts of write requests to the storage array, you may see slowdowns.  The upstream network is shared so you can encounter bottlenecks there too.

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