In a modern society where individuals and companies rely on computing for a number of different activities and reasons on a daily basis, it is important that there is an environment where we can host our data that is safe, secure and easily accessible.
The choice between going with a cloud hosting provider and investing in a dedicated hosting service is one that can puzzle most companies but is one that should be considered carefully before taking the plunge for either hosting services.
Cloud Hosting – What is it?
As previously mentioned in past blogs, cloud hosting is a service that is provided online by multiple servers in a virtual real time environment. It provides many benefits for companies that choose this service. As a hosting service, it is considered to be extremely reliable due to the fact that multiple servers are hosting your data. If one server goes down, this will not affect you gaining access to or using the cloud hosting service. There are no hardware or maintenance costs associated with cloud hosting and you also have unlimited opportunities for scalability. One aspect that companies find great benefit of is the fact that you can access your data for anywhere and at any time. This is great for those companies and employees whose profession may require them to travel quite often.
However, the main disadvantages of cloud hosting have been found to be that of lower performance and lack of control. Some companies feel that there is a lack of control over how their data is handled and that there is a certain element of data transparency associated with cloud hosting. As a service, it can also be prone to cloud hacking due to the service nature. The only way to ensure that your data is truly secure and that hacking will not be an issue is to be aware of your cloud service provider’s security procedures and policies.
Cloud hosting is considered to be more suitable for those companies that need to optimise their IT performance without huge costs associated with purchasing a hosting infrastructure. This may be more suitable for smaller and mid-sized companies.
Dedicated Hosting – What is it?
Dedicated hosting refers to when a company purchases or rents a server from a hosting company in order to manage all their data. A dedicated server can have many advantages for a company who avails of this private hosting service. It is considered to be much safer and offer better levels of performance due to the direct connection provided by hosting your data on a private server than that of cloud hosting. All of your server’s resources goes towards keeping your website up and running which provides companies with a sense of reliability. A dedicated server provides you with administrative access to the server and your data. This allows a company to install programs and monitor usage of server resources. A company can also be safe in the knowledge that the hosting company will provide them will offer priority technical support. This means faster response times, expert technical advice for website issues and many beneficial support resources.
One of the main disadvantages associated with dedicated hosting is that it is more expensive to run on a monthly and annual basis than that of other hosting options. Also, while you may have administrative access to your server, you do not have physical access to it. This means that you are heavily reliant on the hosting company to ensure that the physical server is maintained on a regular basis.
Dedicated hosting is considered to be more appropriate for companies that manage highly sensitive information such as financial data or personal details of individuals such as address, name etc. It is also a great solution for larger companies that will require that their servers run 24/7.
So, what is the main difference?
The only differences between cloud and dedicated hosting lies in the security and accessibility of the servers and the running costs. As mentioned above, cloud hosting requires very little running costs but there is the risk of data transparency for companies, as it does not provide you with much control over what happens to data or how it is handled. However, dedicated hosting provides you with root access to your data and server ensuring companies that their data is safe and secure. On the other hand, this sense of security comes with a price tag to match. So, it is important to ensure that you have the financial resources needed for this hosting service provider.
Both hosting services offer companies many advantages and benefits. As to which is better suited to your company depends on your hosting and data storage needs.