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What is a cloud server?
It is like sharing a house with other tenants – you don’t have to own a house, or get an electricity connection, or water supply, all that will be seen by the owner. You just have to pay for the room and resources you use. When we say cloud server, we usually mean a logical server that is delivered through server virtualisation, that is, when a physical server is distributed into many logical servers, each one has its own interface, OS, and apps, while physically sharing the same hardware like the CPU, RAM, and bandwidth. You just have to
pay for the logical server you are using, and in this way, multiple customers can share the cost of a physical server.
Cloud servers – advantages and disadvantages
Here are a few advantages and disadvantages of cloud servers:
- Cost Savings: This is perhaps the most significant advantage of cloud computing. With several clients sharing the same resources, it becomes a very cost effective solution.
- Scalability: It is most convenient to increase or decrease resources allotted to you like RAM, bandwidth, etc on a cloud server.
- Security – You have to trust your cloud service provider with all your data on a cloud server.
- Control – You do not have complete control over a cloud server, as it is owned and managed by the vendor.
Will cloud servers help my business?
Cloud servers are just perfect for small businesses. Almost every business, be it a start-up or a multi million dollar company, uses cloud in some or the other way. It enables you to augment or streamline your business by bringing convenient scalability and mobility to it. You have access to your information from any remote location, and there is always a back-up of your important files in the cloud.
However, if your business requires complete control and security, and there are stringent compliances to meet, dedicated (physical) servers may be more suitable for you. That is why massive corporations go for dedicated servers.
What are my cloud server options?
There are a number of cloud service providers in the market. You have the option to choose between public clouds and private clouds. You also have the option to go for a hybrid. Public (cloud services) can be used to move most of the resources while reserving the
sensitive ones for private (on site) servers.
So should you go over cloud servers? Well, that’s completely your call and depends upon the investment you are ready to make, the level of security you want, and the extent of control you want to exercise. However, a cloud server will serve most of your need as a small business.