Dedicated Servers For The Cloud Shunned
Businesses are increasingly turning to cloud hosting as an alternative to dedicated servers, according to reports. Cloud hosting solutions are becoming a popular option for those requiring dedicated web hosting, relieving the administrative burden from company IT teams and allowing for quicker, more efficient website hosting.
Dedicated servers provide a dedicated, standalone hosting environment for single websites or hosting accounts – unlike shared hosting, which places the account side by side on the same server with other websites. Dedicated servers give a dedicated space on which websites can be built, free from the increased page load burdens and security issues that can commonly arise with low-cost shared hosting solutions.
Cloud solutions take hosting online. Rather than configuring a dedicated physical server, cloud solutions enable website owners to benefit from the security, setup and maintenance of a third-party provider. This leads to more reliable hosting with a lower ongoing management burden, and website owners are increasingly viewing the cloud as a more convenient option.
Unlike cloud hosting, physical servers are mechanical (with a propensity to break down), and it may be the case that the physical server is managed on location by the organisation that uses it. Switching to the cloud removes the possibility of the server issues and downtime associated with managing a single, dedicated server. For organisations of any scale, the cloud is proving to be a more effective option for meeting their hosting needs.
Tech writer Ed Bott said the ease with which cloud solutions can be set up and maintained makes it the natural choice, over a dedicated server.
“If I can pay a fair price to have someone else set up, maintain, secure, and support an online service for me that eliminates the need for me to own my own hardware and manage my own server software, I will take that offer every time. Consumers figured that out long ago, which is why the big three of free web-based mail services, Hotmail and Gmail and Yahoo, collectively have more than a billion mailboxes in use.”
According to Bott, the advantages of cloud hosting are apparent when website owners know how cloud servers work. Cloud servers are operated remotely, and rather than logging in to the server directly, the admin functions are controlled through a web-based interface. Multiple different employees can access the hosting control panel at one time, and there is no need for costly software or licenses.
With cloud-based web hosting completely eradicating the need for network maintenance and downtime, it can save organisations money on the costs of IT support. Because of the cloud nature of the server, backup servers are run simultaneously to prevent downtime and ensure data remains intact in the event of a single server error, so the experience for website users is also improved.
Cloud hosting services range in their specification and scope. Organisations that choose to host in the cloud do not require a dedicated server, and there is no complex set-up or installation required to use the space provided.