Is it the death of the dedicated server?

Is it the death of the dedicated server?

Virtualizing and cloud computing technologies deliver services that work just like a dedicated server. However, they are more reliable, flexible, adaptiveness, offer more management features and cost less than usual.

A dedicated server often requires more hardware and functions during peak season periods and when traffic falls down, such hardware not only takes time to be shelved off but also can cost a lot additionally. Apart from that, keeping and maintaining old technology is costly and not worth the effort.

With cloud computing being something new and attractive, development of virtual cloud servers helps technology become adaptable, easy to push forward and easy to push back. It also does not cost as much as the dedicated server due to flexible charging rates and methods.

As more and more web services and applications move over to cloud-based virtual servers, one wonders if this is really the end of the traditional dedicated server. If so, let us find out which type is the best.

Flexibility & adaptiveness

Dedicated servers do not scale the way a virtual machine can (when it is on a good cloud platform); because they are designed to provide a set amount of resources and the only realistic way of scaling their computing power is to add additional servers and balancing that load across multiple servers.

This often requires some changes to your application.

Or this can increase the resources on the dedicated server (which involves downtime while the physical components can get changed).

Cloud hosting is known to be adaptive. Adding more RAM, CPU or storage can be down with zero downtime and through the user’s own control panel. Similarly, adding additional virtual servers can also be done at the click of a button.

Ease in management and top reliability

Server management can be a costly element. Hardware maintenance usually requires additional service level agreements for part replacements, while for more availability businesses may need a second dedicated server as well as load balancers, multiple firewalls, switches and other related equipment.

When a business moves to a virtual server hosted on a cloud platform, a lot of additional features needed with dedicated servers are already included as basics. If underlying physical hardware fails, then your server should automatically move to a new machine.

The storage can be duplicated with a high level of RAID and a loads of firewall & load balancing functions can be taken over by virtual machines.

This allows users to take advantage of the resilient nature of cloud platforms instead of increasing the hardware. It also means lower costs on hardware.

Peak loads

This is perhaps the most convincing fact for businesses to move towards cloud hosting. Through dedicated servers, businesses have to make provisions for the resources. Because the server needs a lot in order to match the highest load expected for the website/app and businesses hope it does not fall down in the busiest periods.

However, the website can only experience such kind of load for a day, an hour or in short, a short period of time. The rest of the time, that additional server capacity will be left unused.

With hosting on a cloud platform, the virtual server can have either extra resources added to it in an instant before peak loads. Or, it can automatically adapt to it and react to changing demands by automatically increasing the CPUR or RAM as needed (with a per hour charge usually that is).

Conclusion

Cloud hosting has a lot of benefits to offer as compared to a dedicated server. It often does so either at the same cost or less than the monthly cost. However, there are still some applications that are best suited to run on dedicated servers.

However, the time of cloud technology is rising. Cloud technology is developing fast and since it also develops things on its own, it can also adapt to certain needed and run in an adaptive environment as a resilient virtual server.

Dedicated servers are still available and running, but they are running in conjunction with cloud technology because not just of cutting down unnecessary costs but also streamlining technology so it can come on the path to excellence.

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