Want to know what it all actually means?
Keeping up with technology is almost a full time job in itself. In order to save you a little bit of time, we have a list of the differences between the more traditional Dedicated Server and the newer trend of Cloud Computing.
|Dedicated servers||Cloud computing|
|Physical piece of equipment stored somewhere||Virtual environment in a secure purpose built facility, no storage necessary|
|Large capital setup cost required||Limited setup costs|
|Provider supplies and runs server hardware and applications for you, meaning that server hardware and software requirements need to be managed and maintained||Provision of technology-based resources on demand|
|Upgrades & downgrades require high costs in licensing and hardware||Upgrade and downgrade quickly without huge costs|
|Build for highest possible volume which may be small percentage of usage overall||Update capacity on the fly without any forecasting|
|Lack of scalability or allowance for widely varying usage||Allows for variable usage, fully scalable|
|Forecast required to project volume||Simple to tailor for individual requirements|
|Possible clumsy disaster recovery with a number of variables||High availability & easy fast disaster recovery|
|Regular monthly fee||Fluctuating cost but generally more cost effective than dedicated hosting|
|Updates result in possible downtime||Regular remote hardware updates, no localized hardware issues|
Remember to weigh up what is going to be best for you, and your business.