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Cloud Hosting Providers versus Traditional Dedicated Servers

Thursday, November 19, 2009 By: Gabriel
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Cloud hosting is definitely something more and more people are talking about these days but there’s unfortunately a fine line between marketing hype and performance-based fundamentals which recommend one service or another as effective. The Differences between Cloud Hosting and Dedicated Servers. As far as dedicated servers are concerned, the concept is extremely simple: you pay for a server and it’s yours. You pay the same amount each month regardless of how many resources you use. The owner of such a website has a difficult decision to make: normally, a Virtual Private Server or even shared hosting is enough if you’re only receiving 1,000 visitors daily. On the other hand, you can get in trouble if your websites receives sudden spikes of traffic. Cloud hosting, in theory, represents the solution to such problems. If you receive a lot of traffic once per month, you’ll pay a lot more once a month (only for that day or those days). As a concept, cloud hosting is extremely fair because the customer only has to pay based on how demanding his or her site is in terms of resource. But there’s more to cloud hosting than meets the eye and the fact is that this type of hosting is still in its infancy infrastructure-wise. When it comes to support, things get problematic. With a dedicated server, everything is as simple as it gets. Whenever a problem occurs, you can simply pick up the phone and call support. Assuming that you’re dealing with a responsible company, the problem will be identified and taken care of in a matter of minutes. At the end of the day, going with a managed dedicated hosting solution will give you the possibility to always be able to pick up the phone and get things sorted out. You will unfortunately not have this luxury if you choose to work with a cloud hosting provider. As a concept, cloud hosting is definitely innovative and if companies will have the desire to keep on improving their service, we’re definitely in for a bright future. But given the fact that we live in the present, managed dedicated servers will have to do for now (unless, again, you’re an expert when it comes to server management).

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