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Dedicated hosting vs Cloud hosting

BudgetVM-Winnie

New member
Is dedicated hosting cheaper in the long run compared to cloud hosting? Which one should I opt for when hosting high traffic sites?
 

ITivan80

Member
Cloud hosting is where the company runs your website or service on a server with other web sites or services. You generally get no control over the server itself; you get to upload files and administer the service, but the hardware and OS is the host's responsibility. Dedicated Server hosting is where the host rents you a complete server in their data center. They provide the hardware and OS, internet connection and bandwidth. You are responsible for whatever else you choose to install and run.
 

BudgetVM-Winnie

New member
Cloud hosting is where the company runs your website or service on a server with other web sites or services. You generally get no control over the server itself; you get to upload files and administer the service, but the hardware and OS is the host's responsibility. Dedicated Server hosting is where the host rents you a complete server in their data center. They provide the hardware and OS, internet connection and bandwidth. You are responsible for whatever else you choose to install and run.
Thanks. Suppose I have the right technical expertise in configuring everything from the ground up, which is the cheaper of the two? Would you vouch for Cloud or dedicated hosting?
 

S4 Hosting

Active member
The problem is that most of the terms used by different hosting companies are not very exact in meaning. They all have a definition you can look up, but whether the individual company is strictly following those definitions or making their own interpretation is a different thing. Nowhere is this more true than with the terms 'cloud' or 'shared', they can mean vastly different things depending on who is applying them.

The best thing to do is to not start out with a decision that you need a specific kind of hosting, but to identify what your actual needs are.

  • How much traffic are you expecting?
  • What are you going to be running, resource intensive apps, or just serving static pages?
  • Do you need a specific OS?
  • Do you need high availability and failover?
  • Do you want to split your resources over multiple separate server instances, i.e. a separate database server?
  • and etc. and etc.

Talk to potential hosts with that list of what you want to build, what the expected traffic is, and see what they propose. There truly is no one size (or type) fits all solution.
 
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