Cloud services have transformed our IT industry like no other technology has ever transformed. The amount of hype surrounding the cloud is somewhat worth it. As an IT professional, I remember the days when the cloud was first rolled out. Back then, it had sparked another level of craze not just among professionals but also individuals.
Though robust and cost-effective, the cloud isn’t for everybody. I mean, as an enterprise, you may find cloud worth watching but it won’t add too much value to your business unless you know where and how to implement.
So, the most pressing question I hear is – should I move to the cloud and ditch my dedicated hosting?
And to be honest, I cannot comment on that, nobody can. But what I can do is mention a few parameters that will help you make an informed decision on whether or not you should move to the cloud.
Dedicated hosting needs heavy down payments every month. Unless you have a team of technicians, you will have a hard time managing activities on your server. These factors together account for an expensive hosting service. Although most organizations readily pay for dedicated servers, the cost is often prohibitive for budding entrepreneurs. Put simply, if you can afford an expensive dedicated or colocation service, go with it but if you just can’t, the cloud might be the thing to look into.
When you co-locate your servers, you are bound by a service agreement that holds you responsible for all the damage repair and sometimes also for maintenance. With clouds, you eradicate hardware dependency of all sorts. Cloud hosting crunches large data by deploying numerous VMs (virtual machines) without actually using large amounts of hardware.
Fast-changing businesses need even faster deployability. Traditional hosting services aren’t near as scalable as clouds. With cloud computing, you get the option to scale your computing environment as and when needed. Cloud automates bandwidth and storage scaling so your host will scale itself when it needs to.
4. Technology trends
Most data center services in India purchase pre-owned, outdated hardware. Upgrading to newer technologies is essential. Without upgrading to newer and better tech, you would soon get outdated and outpaced by your peers. Technology trends that are now in the development stage would soon be fledgling. If you are looking to deploy trends such as Big Data, Blockchains, and PaaS, the cloud is what you should be aiming at. The founders of cloud technologies were prudent enough to incorporate such technologies that will make the platform future-ready.
7 out of every 10 companies I am in touch with have moved to the cloud to leverage Virtual Machines. Virtual machines are imaginary computers – or workstations – that make use of pooled resources to make computing easier and more affordable. Thus, say if you need a computer with 64 GB RAM and 128 GB storage but lack the financial resources, you can still procure this workstation by signing up on a cloud server. This will save you a lot of money because you aren’t actually buying anything but only renting a virtual segment of the resource.
Do not completely ditch dedicated servers or colocation
Cloud has existed for over a decade now. Despite it being more affordable and friendlier than dedicated hosts, the latter continues to exist in large numbers. While most people believed that cloud will eventually phase out the VPS and dedicated hosts, it just did not happen. Why, you ask? Here are some of the advantages of dedicated servers you are sure to miss out on:
1. Stable environment
colocation and dedicated hosting are the two most stable environments to ever exist in the domain of computing technologies. With these services at the place, you can maintain immensely huge databases in highly secure environs. Dedicated servers aren’t just more steady but also more robust, and yield high-performance when compared to their cloud counterparts.
2. Customization & Control
Dedicated server plans are now more customizable than they were once. So you can now control how much you spend and on what. This isn’t the case with the cloud. Even though clouds allow you to customize your plan, you cannot control any other aspect of your web hosting because it is entirely provider-managed.
Perhaps the only reason you are planning to switch to clouds is economics. The pay as you go model may seem economical but as your website grows, clouds may cost you equal to (even more) than dedicated servers with the same specifications.
4. No shared resources
dedicated servers ensure that all the resources is for your website(s) alone. Cloud hosting, on the other hand, will give you access to a fixed portion of the resource while sharing the overall server with several other customers.
Do you still want to ditch your dedicated server? Are you willing to compromise on key characteristics like control and performance for the sake of accessibility and convenience?
Let us know in the comment section below the reason you are moving (or not moving) to the cloud. If you have any query or need assistance choosing colocation, VPS or cloud, drop a question and we will answer back in no time.
So, should you ditch dedicated hosting and move to the cloud? You will be the best judge of that!