Cloud vs. Dedicated

Choosing a dedicated server or a cloud hosting package depends on what you wish to run. A Dedicated Server would provide you with complete privacy, while Cloud Hosting offers you high scalability at a fraction of the cost.


Dedicated Server: The major difference between Cloud and Dedicated hosting is that a dedicated server is a physical piece of equipment housed in a datacenter. The typical dedicated server comes with one hard drive, which means one disk failure and you will lose all your data. Added redundancy comes at expensive costs, and deployment is usually not instant, resulting in disruption to website.


Cloud Hosting: on the other hand, is a virtual server. Cloud hosting offers more-or-less the same features as that of a dedicated server, but is much more affordable as the architecture cost is shared among other users on the cloud. Unlike dedicated servers, cloud is based on a shared hosting methodology where multiple servers are connected in a network and the resources of all are pooled together to serve the requirements of websites and applications hosted in the cloud. With resources readily available, users are not burdened with costly hardware and deployment is instant.


If you are already using a dedicated server and are happy with its performance of if you have specific requirements of hardware or software necessary for the functionality of your website, a dedicated server would be an appropriate choice. However, if you do not have such expectations and are more concerned with the uptime, scalability and reliability, choosing a cloud hosting plan will be the more viable solution.