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Dedicated Servers vs. The Private Cloud

By on November 19, 2013

Security and compliance can often limit the options available to a company when deciding where to store its data and website, and even run virtualized software. Dedicated servers and private clouds are two of the most appealing options, given that they both have specific space for a company’s sole use. Companies can set up their software, systems, and data storage as they like on both dedicated servers and private clouds, and both of these storage solutions come with a set amount of space and computing power. Although some people think they’re synonymous, these storage solutions have key distinctions to consider when making the choice.

The Pros and Cons of Dedicated Servers

Dedicated servers are advantageous for businesses because they have a lot of disk space available, a large amount of dedicated computing power, and inexpensive bandwidth. In addition, they’re rented rather than purchased, which is beneficial for companies that don’t have the financial resources to purchase servers.

Dedicated Servers vs. The Private Cloud

One of the key distinctions of dedicated servers that can be either a pro or a con is that they’re located offsite. This means the business doesn’t need to have the physical space for a server, nor does it have to pay the direct costs of operating one. However, the business also doesn’t have easy access to the server if the IT staff needs to make changes to it. Another disadvantage of dedicated servers is that they can sometimes be difficult to configure and manage, and the rented hardware may fail, which leads to downtime if another solution isn’t in place.

The pros and cons of private cloud computing

When a business creates a private cloud, it’s advantageous for security because the cloud is completely onsite, under the watchful eye of the IT department. At the same time, the company can run it all based on virtualized software to allow employees easy access to the applications they need from any work station, providing lots of flexibility. Private clouds are also scalable, which is helpful for growing businesses that are likely to need more computing resources in the future.

The main downside of private cloud computing is that the company needs to have the funds on hand to purchase the physical servers, plus the staff and expertise to set them up and create a private cloud. This process is both expensive and time-consuming, putting it beyond the scope of many businesses, even those with dedicated IT staff.

Making the Choice

Based on the pros and cons, one of the options will stand out above the others. In some cases, a company will want the advantages of both the dedicated server and the private cloud. In this situation, a combination of the two may be useful. A managed dedicated server allows a company to avoid infrastructure purchases by renting equipment, but it allows for the equipment to be onsite for more control over compliance and security. It’s much easier to set up than a private cloud and is ideal for a business that’s not ready to tackle a private cloud project. Whatever your choice will be, it’s worth taking advantage of the benefits a cloud-based IT strategy can offer any sized business.

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