What's the difference between a dedicated and cloud server?


Dedicated server:

A dedicated server is a physical server that you can buy or lease from a provider. Paying a monthly charge. When you purchase a dedicated server there is normally a waiting (set-up) time required for delivery and installation. Which can take up several weeks.


Cloud server:

A cloud server, is a virtual server that runs on a virtualized environment. A virtualized environment consists of different enterprise servers (hardware nodes). This cluster of hardware nodes produces instances or virtual servers. For the user, it looks like a dedicated server but in reality, there are several different cloud servers running on a hardware cluster. Basically, the same as a dedicated server but the user does not know which hardware his server runs on because it is virtualized. Of course, the user does know where his data is stored and where the server runs. The user can indicate in which region and availability zone he wants to launch his server.



The difference is that with a dedicated server you have all (hardware) resources entirely for yourself on a physical server. A cloud server also has dedicated resources but on a virtualized platform with multiple hardware nodes that you share with others.

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4 reasons why a cloud server is better than a dedicated server.

#1 Flexibility in resources

If you need a large constant amount of computing power or RAM, then a dedicated server might be a good choice. Because the power of a dedicated server is its high performance. However, the inflexibility of a dedicated server requires you to make an accurate prediction of the resources that you going to need in advance. Because there are minimal to no options for scaling up the server in the future.

Cloud servers offer the possibility to easily increase your resources on the fly when needed. If you no longer need them, then just scale them down again. This way you don't have to predict the required resources in advance and you only pay for the resources that you actually use.

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Titel: #2 Performance

The performance of both dedicated and cloud servers are comparable. Cloud server offers, like a dedicated server, great amounts of compute power (CPU) and memory (RAM).

It is normal for a server to slow down over time. This is due to the many unwanted program files and temp files that run on a server. This causes the server to slow down and a decrease in performance.

Cloud servers make it easy to switch to a new cloud server. You just deploy a server with a clean installation. Migrates your application and removes the polluted server. This keeps your server from delivering optimal performance.

#3 Hardware independent

All hardware breaks down sooner or later, which in most cases leads to unpleasant situations. This allows all kinds of business processes to run completely smoothly.

If the hardware of a dedicated server fails, it must be replaced as quickly as possible. In the worst case, the recovery time can be delayed for days because the needed hardware parts are not in stock.

Cloud servers are hardware independent and therefore not tied to physical hardware. You can easily start your server on a different hardware node. After all, cloud platforms have multiple hardware nodes. So you never have to wait for replacement hardware.

#4 Risk spread

Cloud servers offer you the ability to easily spread different processes across multiple servers. For example, by placing the application and database on two different cloud servers. You can easily link them together through virtual networking. 

You can also separate your data storage from the server using volumes. The advantage of this is that your server data is stored in a highly redundant data cluster. Because the data is written 3 times over different hardware nodes, you minimize the chance of data loss. If hardware breaks down in the data cluster, he repairs himself because he has spread his data across different nodes. If a hardware node fails on which your cloud server is running, simply start a new server and reconnect the volume. You will be fully up and running again in a few minutes.

Not only extreme stable also very powerfull

Single core geekbench score

Beste Compute - De nederlandse Cloud

Volume storage geekbench score

Beste cloud opslag - De nederlandse Cloud

Ephemeral storage geekbench score

Beste cloud storage - Fuga Cloud De nederlandse Cloud

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