When making big infrastructure decisions for your business, there is a wealth of options to choose from. Below we will discuss the available setups and how they could benefit your company.
Firstly, shared hosting. This is by far the cheapest available hosting service as it involves multiple websites and resources sitting on one server. It means that you have a “section” of a server reserved for your requirements, whether that’s hosting your website or storing data or applications. The problem with this service is the shared element. If the server is under heavy load elsewhere, you could see that the performance declines. It’s a good option for start-ups, or small less critical requirements.
Owning your own infrastructure is a big advantage of dedicated hosting as it gives you far greater control. It means that you own the full scope of the server and the resources allocated, making it far better in terms of potential performance and resilience. If you’re using physical dedicated hardware, it can be costly to keep up with technology if you have resources that are quite load heavy, or a large infrastructure to support. What we noticed during the pandemic, is that a large number of businesses came to the realisation that their existing infrastructure was fine for those who were in the office, but when put under load from people working from home they hit a technological plateau. Servers just couldn’t cope with the many VPN access requests, for example. Providing the location and power resilience for this type of solution can also be costly too, so while you may own and control the whole infrastructure – doing so on an ongoing basis can prove expensive. Using colocation could help in these instances, as it will fall to your data centre operator to provide the power, resilience and physical security.
A virtual private server (VPS) is an infrastructure setup that works in a very similar way to shared hosting, but it’s more cloud based. It means that one server exists to meet the requirements of all the business operations. Resources are still shared, but virtual servers are isolated from each other and can be rebooted individually with new instances. This is a solution most businesses go for when they need to provide their clients with better control over their resources or infrastructure. VPS does have a limited resource when it comes to processor power, RAM and disc space as it doesn’t share across the server. It’s a segregated instance on the one server shared by other VPS infrastructures.
Cloud hosting can be broken down into public cloud and private cloud. Public cloud is very similar to shared hosting where multiple businesses can use the one server resource and the technology is spread across all equally. Private cloud allows a user the freedom of dedicated, the utility of VPS and the peace of mind that it’ll keep up with the technological constraints that dedicated hosting can present. Ultimately, there is, and will continue to be a seismic shift towards cloud as we all evolve into the new workforce in the future.
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