Update: This article was last updated on 30th July 2019 to reflect the accuracy and up-to-date information on the page.
With the growing popularity of cloud among the businesses as well as individual users, the demand for cloud hosting services is increasing at a very high pace.
While some cloud solution providers offer application hosting on shared server only, there are also those who host applications on dedicated servers.
Here is what you need to know about the difference between the two –
Shared Vs. Dedicated Hosting
When the data (or websites or application) belonging to several users or businesses are residing on the same server, then it is commonly known as shared hosting.
On the contrary, when a server stores data of only one user, it is known as dedicated hosting and the server in action is known as a dedicated server.
Dedicated hosting is an expensive option out of the two. But it has some advantages as well.
Of those, here are the top four reasons why you should opt for a dedicated server –
1. Improved Performance
Server performance includes several factors, including memory, system type, processor, storage, bandwidth, etc.
Sharing these resources with other users can have an impact on the performance of hosted applications.
But when you are the lone user on a server, the resources do not get shared. It minimizes the risk of performance issues, that may arise in case of shared hosting.
2. Higher Security
Sharing a server with other users can be a cause of concern. It is because any damage to the server from their end can pinch you as well.
So, not having multiple clients accessing the same server simply means a lesser risk of data loss.
But given the strict security measures that most service providers offer with dedicated hosting, even higher security can be expected.
Dedicated hosting assures that the server belongs to you and thus, no other user will be given the authority to access it.
Over a dedicated server, you get the administrator rights that would otherwise remain in the service provider’s hands in case of a shared server.
Owning these rights can help you use the server as per your specific needs and requirements.
You can host several applications on your dedicated server as far as its technical specification allows.
Similarly, personalizing the access details, controlling the bandwidth, etc. can come in very handy for you.
4. Business Continuity
In case more users access a shared server than what it can handle, it is most likely to cause server performance issues. As a result, your business continuity may suffer.
Of course, you know more about how many users you want to create to access some specific data files to be kept on a server.
So, the choice of a server should be made accordingly. It is no less than a myth that only big enterprises need dedicated servers.
To provide authorized access to cloud-hosted data and applications to a good number of users, you are advised to choose a dedicated server. The cost of choosing dedicated server hosting is indeed higher than shared hosting. But the benefits you get with it are worth the price you pay for it.
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