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  Post #1 (permalink)   05-10-2014, 08:56 AM
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How does a Cloud Server compare with a Dedicated Server?
 
 
 


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  Post #2 (permalink)   05-11-2014, 04:23 AM
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Dedicated is your own server on the cloud, while could server can be share with others. Cloud Servers pricing is based on the exact specification you configure
 
 
 
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  Post #3 (permalink)   05-12-2014, 07:11 AM
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Also, true cloud servers can be quickly scaled and are backed by multiple failover systems (processing, storage, power, network). Whereas, dedicated servers generally don't offer this level of redundancy.
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  Post #4 (permalink)   05-12-2014, 10:10 AM
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The biggest difference between Cloud Server and Dedicated server is Reliability.

In cloud servers, your data are stored and retrieved from multiple machines. Hence, if any single node fails or goes down, your web sites will not go down where in Dedicated Server, all the data are stored in single machine, if unexpectedly server crashes, all the websites hosted in that server will goes down.

The another notable difference between Cloud Server and Dedicated server is Cost.

In Dedicated server, you have to pay the fixed ammount however Cloud Hosting there is no any fixed since it provides you facility of pay per use model in which you just have to pay for the actual usage.
 
 
 


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  Post #5 (permalink)   05-12-2014, 01:06 PM
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In the above post, two important points are mentioned. One point I would like to mention here is - that cloud can easily scale up/down in real time whereas a physical dedicated server remains as it is. If you need more resources on a dedicated server, you will have to upgrade the server resources. In this upgrade process there will be downtime as well.
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  Post #6 (permalink)   05-12-2014, 03:14 PM
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The biggest difference between Cloud Server and Dedicated server is Reliability.

In cloud servers, your data are stored and retrieved from multiple machines. Hence, if any single node fails or goes down, your web sites will not go down where in Dedicated Server, all the data are stored in single machine, if unexpectedly server crashes, all the websites hosted in that server will goes down.

The another notable difference between Cloud Server and Dedicated server is Cost.

In Dedicated server, you have to pay the fixed amount however Cloud Hosting there is no any fixed since it provides you facility of pay per use model in which you just have to pay for the actual usage.

In cloud servers DATA is not always stored over multiple machines/servers. Many cloud providers utilized SAN storage for data, which can be accessed by different servers (real or virtual). This in turn leads to the idea of reliability with cloud. If your "cloud" server goes, down your data is not lost and can be retrieved by starting another "cloud"server.

Cost - this is another thing. Most clouds are of the on-demand design, charging you per hour of use with tiers based on cpu, ram, disk space etc. These costs can quickly add up when compared to a dedicated server of the same specs.

Value - Where clouds are really great at is adding power when additional power is needed. When applications can cluster resources together, then firing up a couple of "cloud" servers during peak demand and powering them down and using your typical dedicated when demand is stable, is in my opinion the major value point of cloud servers.
 
 
 


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  Post #7 (permalink)   05-13-2014, 10:25 PM
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Dedicated server is a stand alone and if there is any issue with Hardware, your entire server will go down. The benefit of dedicated server is, your server will not share any resources with other.

Cloud Hosting is used for high availability. However depending on the hosting providers' setup, you may not get dedicated resources. This depends on the Cloud setup. In cloud hosting, if there is any issue with main server, your VPS will automatically migrated to another host in the Cloud.

Please note, if there is any issue within your VPS which is in cloud, you will still face downtime in Cloud hosting as well. It will not correct any OS related issue (FS corruption, booting issue etc.) automatically.
 
 
 


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  Post #8 (permalink)   05-15-2014, 01:31 AM
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Both cloud hosting and dedicated server are compatible and have unique features and benefits and the correct match between technology and business objectives is critical to gaining competitive edge.

A Dedicated Server is a totally self-contained computer sharing nothing with anyone. The main difference between cloud hosting and dedicated hosting is the cost effectiveness involved. However it will depend on your requirements and configuration.

Dedicated hosting provides the user with a own server that can be customized to user preferences. They are more advantageous based on uptime,Security and Room for Expansion with the privilege to expand in RAM size,bandwidth,processor speed etc. You are not sharing the system resources such as processor power, memory and disk space with other sites on the same server.

Could hosting allow you to host on a virtual partition with sharing the system resources such as RAM, processor with other sites on the cloud server. However some hosting provider provide better redundancy and performance Redundancy where there is a fail over for all the hardware components Eg: HDD, RAM, CPU, Network card etc and the transaction is transparent to you.
 
 
 


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  Post #9 (permalink)   05-16-2014, 02:11 AM
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If one prefers to deal with virtualization, then Cloud instance is better. Physical Dedicated should be cheaper compared to a Cloud instance that has the same computing resources.
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...Physical Dedicated should be cheaper compared to a Cloud instance that has the same computing resources.
That's not always the case, but it's more likely the case with larger instances. That's been my experience anyway.
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Practically speaking, the difference is the same with vps and dedicated, except in many cases hosts charge more for the word "cloud."
 
 
 


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Cloud VM is different concept as compare to normal virtulization. It is not a just virtulization but it provides you 100% uptime in case of hardware failure too and it is scalable.

In case of normal vps you can not have uptime for your vps if the hardware node fails.
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Cloud servers provide you quick scalability and are highly flexible compared to Dedicated machines. It saves you time as well as money .
 
 
 


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Cloud VM is different concept as compare to normal virtulization. It is not a just virtulization but it provides you 100% uptime in case of hardware failure too and it is scalable.

In case of normal vps you can not have uptime for your vps if the hardware node fails.
We are comparing dedicated versus cloud server. Not vps versus cloud server, thus my post still stands:

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Practically speaking, the difference is the same with vps and dedicated, except in many cases hosts charge more for the word "cloud."

But since you bring it up, the differences between vps and cloud server you highlight can be eliminated with traditional vps.
 
 
 


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A Cloud server is just a VPS on some kind of cluster.

If a "Cloud-Server" which is in essence a VPS, with it's storage on a Storage Area Network fails, this gets spotted quickly by inbuilt cluster monitoring.
Your VPS is then booted on another node in the "Cloud" cluster.
There should be many nodes in a cluster and the cluster should, at least in theory, have the capacity to handle it's biggest node failing over.

This way your server will not be down for long, which is how they can offer high availability.

However!!

Since multiple machines are running on a node, their is an increased likelihood that a node becomes unstable or slow due to something outside the control of the VPSs owner. This means there is likely to be ups and downs in performance, small periods of downtime if a node fails over, and a performance overhead of being a virtual machine functioning through a Hardware Abstraction Layer.


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A dedicated machine, is completely under your control, you get 100% of the performance, you also get 100% of the cost. Again through if you are a reseller, a machine could be brought down by a single website or user if their site gets busy, or is badly written.
This is why many hosts are now using CloudLinux or BetterLinux, as it gives VPS like performance controls per user to the host.

If you want guaranteed performance levels, then dedicated is the way to go.

If you want guaranteed performance levels, and ease of deployment, you can always do what we do.
Install your cloudserver as the ONLY vps on a given node and give it all of the resources, the cost of the cloud license is pretty insignificant, given you can migrate the service to a bigger server in the future without downtime, take snapshot backups and all the other funky stuff you can do if you have your own cloud.
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