Posted by Anna Nicholls on 22-Jul-2020 09:53:38

What is the difference between cloud servers and dedicated servers?


When it comes to making the decision between cloud server and dedicated server hosting for your business, it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons of each solution to work out which is best for your needs. The advent of cloud means that businesses don’t necessarily have to follow the traditional routes that they might once have taken. Cloud opens up more options, however both solutions have their place dependent on requirements.

Cloud server hosting 
With cloud server hosting, instead of data being hosted on physical hardware that's solely used by you, it sits in a shared, virtualised environment that's managed by your cloud hosting provider - they provide the management, patches, updates and security. Cloud hosting should still be incredibly secure - assuming you choose a good provider - and can provide businesses with increased flexibility and scalability compared to a single physical server hosting solution. As a cloud hosting customer, you benefit from economies of scale by sharing hardware with other customers. Each customer’s data and applications remain hidden and completely segregated from other customers for security, but overall network resource is shared. And, you only pay for the exact amount of server space used. Cloud servers allow you to scale resources up or down, depending on demand, so that you're not paying for unnecessary infrastructure costs when demand is low. Cloud server hosting allows you to spin up servers in a matter of seconds, optimising IT performance without the capital costs of setting up a dedicated environment. It’s often best suited for businesses with variable demands and workloads.

Dedicated server hosting 
Dedicated server hosting is still a type of cloud computing, but it takes its name from the fact that data sits on a server dedicated to one customer. It’s essentially a private cloud setup. Data is isolated from any other environment around it, and that dedicated server is used entirely for your business needs. Dedicated server hosting is often utilised by companies that require particularly high levels of data security or compliance, or which have a high demand for server capacity. This is different to regular cloud hosting, where your data would sit on the network of shared servers that make up the cloud. Dedicated server hosting can give more control than cloud hosting, as it has the potential to have just a single client on a physical server. All of the server resources would be available and customised to the needs of that particular client, including storage, RAM, bandwidth and processor. 

If you have any questions about cloud server hosting or dedicated server hosting, or would like to talk about which option would best suit your business, get in touch with one of our experts here and we’d be pleased to offer our advice. 


Topics: data centre, dedicated server hosting, cloud server hosting

Written by Anna Nicholls