The Benefits of Using Cloud Servers
Nowadays, more and more companies are moving from traditional to virtual servers “in the cloud,” and many new service-based deployments are starting. However, despite the overwhelming popularity of the cloud here, deployments in the cloud look a lot like deployments on traditional servers. Companies aren’t changing their systems architecture to take advantage of some of the unique aspects of being in the cloud.
The key difference between remotely-hosted, virtualized, on-demand-by-API servers (the definition of the “cloud” for this post) and any other hardware-based deployment (e.g., dedicated, co-located, or not-on-demand-by-API virtualized servers) is that servers are software on the cloud.
Software applications traditionally differ from server environments in several key ways:
- Traditional servers require humans and time to launch, ranging from hours to days. Software, on the other hand, automatically launches and on demand, in minutes or even seconds.
- Physically, traditional servers are limited. Companies have a finite number available to them. Software, on the other hand, as a virtual/information resource, has no such limitation.
- Traditional servers are designed to serve many functions (mostly because of the physical limitations). Software is generally designed to serve a single function.
- Traditional servers are not designed to be disposable. Software is built around the idea that it runs ephemerally and can be terminated any time.
Cloud Server Benefits
Freedom to modify all the server software to your needs. This includes the operating system kernel which is not always the case with other virtualization solutions such as private virtual servers.
- Stability and security because a software problem is isolated from and to your environment.
- Other people’s cloud servers can’t harm you and you can’t harm them. If other users overload their cloud servers, this will have absolutely no impact on yours because resources are dedicated and your stability is guaranteed. In addition, cloud servers don’t suffer from hardware problems.
- For stability and cost ratio performance, cloud servers are the best choice, as they do not suffer from the usual server hardware problems and they have all cloud computing benefits. They are stable, fast and secure.
- On the other hand, cloud servers are economically more efficient than the standard dedicated servers. For a similar price, with cloud servers you will receive more resources and your server will be faster. In web hosting terms, your site will run faster on a cloud hosting server if you compare it to a traditional server with similar price.
In this regard, we should also mention that cloud servers scale very well. It is very easy and fast to add upgrades (CPU, Memory, disk space) to a cloud server just as it is more affordable, of course.
On the cloud, these differences can disappear. The operative word is “can”– a look at the current mainstream discussions and advertisements of cloud services shows a distinct lack of interest in taking advantage of the crumbling wall between server and software.
Many hosting services that provide “cloud servers” have IT support staff who have to allocate the servers. Others have pricing plans (e.g., large monthly minimums) that essentially force the cloud servers to have the same physical limitations as traditional servers. And finally, very few triumphal case studies for the cloud focus on how the ephemeral or single-function possibilities of cloud servers have led to better, cheaper, faster, more fault-tolerant, and more secure infrastructure designs.
That’s why cloud servers are very popular and sometimes preferred to the traditional dedicated servers. This is true especially for the low to mid-level servers where they excel in all aspects.
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