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You’ll eventually come to a decision point where choosing your ideal hosting environment requires choosing between a cloud service provider or a physical server.
Today, almost every industry has some level of online presence, so hosting providers have adapted to provide products that address many of the problems that businesses are currently facing. Business owners typically have two options from which to choose when it comes to these products: cloud computing or on-premises servers.
It can be difficult to decide which environment best suits the needs of a given business because dedicated servers and cloud servers each perform specific roles. You must comprehend each environment and its benefits and drawbacks before deciding which one is best for your company. Let’s start by looking at cloud servers.
What Is a Cloud Service Provider?
A cloud server or a virtual server is a collection of centralized server resources that are housed and made available across virtual networks (usually the Internet), and that many users can access at any time. We frequently do not conceive of cloud services in terms of actual computers while discussing them, since they are more alike with a virtual machine and data center, with its own operating systems and disaster data recovery managed services.
The idea goes beyond the physical constraints of a conventional workstation or server arrangement, though. Client data and other resources are more effectively dispersed by cloud service providers over numerous devices in various places under this new paradigm.
Advantages of Cloud Servers
You will discover that both types of servers have characteristics in common that make them suitable for particular circumstances when contrasting cloud servers with physical servers. Particularly a cloud provider offer the following distinctive benefits:
- Agile Data
- Simple and secure remote BDR
- Scale simply and rapidly
- Simplified user interface
Cloud computing has rushed into a new era of agile data that is flexible and can be moved easily between parent servers. The operations that regulate where and how your information is used are handled behind the scenes by the cloud service. Your data travels fast and easily among the physical resources that make up the cloud infrastructure because the cloud server runs an application layer that also helps with cloud migration.
Simple and secure remote BDR
Since copies of your data are automatically distributed over several virtual servers by your cloud service provider without human interaction, data redundancy and backups are easier to build. Additionally, by effectively storing backups in a place far from their primary facility, users can significantly lower the risk of unforeseen data threats and plan for disaster recovery.
Scale simply and rapidly
The scalability of resources can also be achieved with a single mouse click. You can control the quantity and distribution of resources used at any time because your data is controlled by an application layer distributed across multiple servers rather than a server that is exclusively yours. You can also establish the precise number of resources you plan to buy.
Simplified user interface
Options are directly managed using a managed service provider interface. Other options include the ability to scale up or down the number of CPU cores, the amount of allotted RAM (memory), and the amount of disk space. When specific events, like an increase in traffic take place, your cloud service provider can upgrade your resources automatically to meet your business demands.
Challenges of Cloud Services
Even while the right circumstances can make a cloud environment incredibly productive, there are several downsides to take into account:
- Noisy neighbors
- Difficulties with latency
The virtualized operating system (OS) is a component of a parent server that several cloud service providers may share, increasing the possibility of excessive physical resource allocation. This could have a negative impact on how well your app or website performs if it is not anticipated or compensated for.
Difficulties with latency
Your Internet connection speed has a significant impact on how quickly you can access data in the cloud. Even if you are accessing your virtual servers from a physical office location with a quick, dependable, and secure Internet connection, you might still have latency problems. This is primarily due to the possibility that you are sharing server resources with other organizations that use a lot of data and your cloud service providers can’t do much to help you in these situations.
We know that your business needs an IT solutions partner who can deliver on all of its fronts and make sure that your cloud presence doesn’t suffer from noisy neighbors or latency. That’s why we partner with our clients to ensure they get unparalleled consulting, backed by world-class service and support for the long term – so you never have to worry about losing revenue or face severe consequences due any downtime!
What is a Physical Server
A physical server is a piece of physical hardware that has been assembled by hand from physical parts that are placed in a particular configuration to perform a specific purpose for a company. They are very reliable computer tools that allow for complete customization. You will almost definitely be granted privileged user access to the entire system as the owner, allowing you to access, install, and configure your preferred applications.
Even while it can seem silly to inquire what a physical server is, the idea is very different when compared to the cloud. Computers that are specifically intended for private use are known as physical servers, also known as dedicated servers. Sadly, not all service providers provide physically dedicated servers.
Advantages Of Physical Servers
Small and medium-sized enterprises have traditionally preferred internal servers over cloud servers for file sharing and hosting services such as email and software. However, it’s crucial to keep in mind that purchasing the necessary software and equipment for internal servers can be expensive at first. Physical servers, like virtual servers, provide a variety of advantages:
- No noisy neighbors
- Sharper insights into system performance
- More control and effectiveness
- Simple customization
No noisy neighbors
This server doesn’t have a problem with noisy neighbors because the physical resources are dedicated to it. You are granted complete, unrestricted access to the hardware unlike with cloud services, where your managed service provider can limit your access. With physical servers, you can fully utilize the CPU’s thread count, the network interface card’s full throughput, and the read/write capabilities of the disks, which you can’t do with managed services.
Sharper insights into system performance
This design has major advantages for determining the amount of equipment required. You can see exactly how your application is using the hardware and whether it is producing the expected outcomes, unlike with virtual servers, where knowledge is limited.
More control and effectiveness
Physical servers are set up to exact requirements for the kind and speed of the CPU, the amount of disk space, the amount of RAM, and the video options (if necessary). With such fine-grained control, you can create a server that is completely tailored to your needs and excels at carrying out the particular activities you have in mind. When compared to cloud service providers, these configuration choices also offer more flexibility than cloud services or a hybrid cloud.
Because a server can be devoted to a specific set of functions, unlike cloud service providers, more hardware alternatives, technical support and computing resources are available (such as dedicated firewalls, routers, and switches) to aid with business needs, which may not be available in cloud-based services. This further increases the level of customization in your server environment.
Physical Servers Disadvantages
Manual hardware alterations
Dedicated server modifications often necessitate some downtime. Any upgrades need physical changes to the hardware itself, leaving your company at the mercy of your IT technician’s schedule because there are no new resources to be unlocked or activated for your use during a hardware swap.
Upgrades require taking the server offline
While some server case designs can enable hot-swapping and hot-plugging components, specific changes cannot be made without shutting down the entire machine. Additionally, your application or website may suffer if your infrastructure depends on a specific machine without a backup or a highly available partner machine.
A Physical Server Or A Cloud Server—which Is Best For Your Business?
A solution that can be used by everyone is essentially difficult to create from an IT standpoint. Liquid Web’s solution engineers will evaluate your needs and help you decide how to best use your available resources to meet them. You can decide that a flexible and scalable cloud-based environment is best, or that you need a dedicated server configured to fit your specific needs for the best performance.
Combining physical and cloud servers can be beneficial in some situations since it provides the best of both worlds. If you’re unsure which questions to answer, GreenLoop is here to help you decide. With GreenLoop, you’ll get all the IT support you require in addition to a host of other benefits like knowledge, safety, and considerate advice.