People who intend to make use of the internet for commercial purposes and generate sales need to have a dominant presence online. For this, the best thing to do is have one’s own website. Even if an individual or a company has their own websites, a hosting service is required to keep it going. A dedicated server hosting was how most people used to manage it till now. The new entrant in the field of hosting is cloud computing. There is a lot of discussion about which is better-dedicated server or the cloud server.
For most people what is in short supply is time. On this point a cloud server scores above dedicated servers. Dedicated servers are not ready-made but need to be configured-an activity that calls for time and advanced computing skills. Cloud storage on the other hand comes with a ready-to-use advantage and what’s more there are numerous options to pick and choose from. People for whom time is scarce will naturally opt for a cloud server.
Another point of contention between the two is the point of scalability. Scalability can be vertical where hardware is added. It could be horizontal where network is joined to even out the load. Cloud servers which are virtual server have the advantage of scaling fast. Dedicated servers can consume time because the creation of back up takes time.
Then there is the question of reliability. There are many opinions regarding this. Some swear by cloud servers whereas the advocates of dedicated servers favor them. What matters here is how good the provider of the service is. Both cloud storage and dedicated server hosting are comparable in this aspect but the provider can make or mar the service.
Cloud servers face immense pressure as the number of clients can balloon and go out of control. But that does not happen in dedicated servers as the numbers are manageable. The management of virtual servers take on more customers than they can handle and are found wanting in crunch situations.
Cloud servers have the advantage of pay as you use service. This means that you spend far less on the service. Dedicated servers are paid for whether one uses it or not. So in terms of money, cloud servers give better value for money. Dedicated servers mean loss of resources too as the servers may not be used all the time. Cloud servers are virtual servers so there is no loss of resources.
Both these have individual advantages and it is difficult to say that one is better affirmatively. This is perhaps the reason why many are going for hybrid systems that combine the benefits of the two without most of their drawbacks.