Ever feel like the technology world has gone cloud crazy? Cloud here, cloud there, cloud everywhere! Despite the buzz, the term itself is rather ambiguous and many business owners have a cloudy (sorry, we really couldn’t help ourselves) understanding of how the cloud works when it comes to hosting their online infrastructure and their website.
Are you one of them?
Perfect, you’re in good company and you’re exactly who we’re writing this post for. We already covered how a VPS is different from a dedicated server. If you need a primer on either one of these hosting options, zip over to that article first and then head back here. We’ll wait.
OK, now let’s take a look at what cloud hosting means and how traditional VPS and Dedicated hosting offerings differ from the cloud model.
With a cloud hosting environment, the customer has access to a virtual network of resources and hardware, making the cloud model scalable and completely redundant thanks to the self-healing nature of the infrastructure.
Cloud hosting is probably starting to sound pretty good. Are you wondering if there are any downsides to it? There are some aspects of the cloud model that don’t work for all business, such as:
|Traditional VPS||Traditional Dedicated||Cloud infrastructure|
|Scalable resources||Minimum base allocation guaranteed. You decide how much you need up front. If you find that you need more resources than your plan can offer, you must upgrade.||The resources that you have at your disposal all depend on the server you have leased. If you require more, you may have to purchase new servers or upgrade to match your requirements.||Resources, generally speaking, are guaranteed and scalable on demand. If you require more, you can get more. If you then need less, you can easily scale back. You pay accordingly.|
|Redundancy||Not fully redundant. If something goes down, such as a node, it needs to be fixed.||Not fully redundant. If something goes down, such as a node, it needs to be fixed.||Fully redundant. If something goes down, such as a node, there is another component ready to step in. No downtime.|
|Cost||Costs are fixed based on the plan you have purchased. You select the plan based on projections for your peak usage.||Costs are fixed based on the server you have purchased. You select the server based on what you need to handle your peak usage.||Costs are variable depending on what you need in a given period and what you consume.|
|Management||Requires expertise to manage the set-up and configuration of the server. Simpler and easier to control than Dedicated.||Requires expertise to manage the set-up and configuration of the server. A more complex undertaking that requires advanced skills.||Management is generally easy and intuitive – advanced technical knowledge and abilities for the most part not necessary to administer the environment.|
All businesses are unique and as such will require different types of hosting to meet their specific requirements. Hopefully we’ve helped to shed some light on cloud models of hosting and how they compare to VPS and Dedicated. With your decision made about the kind of host you need, start your search for a VPS, Dedicated or Cloud hosting provider here.
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