Cloud Servers vs Physical Servers: A Comparison
Comparing the similarities and differences of a cloud server vs a physical server.
Cloud servers and dedicated servers each perform distinct tasks
based on use-cases, and can be a challenge to determine which environment will
satisfy the requirements that a business requires. we will compare the
similarities and differences of a cloud server vs a physical server.
What Is A Cloud Server?
The concept of
a cloud server is one that cover ups the physical limitations of a traditional
workstation/servers setup. In the new paradigm, client data and other
accessible resources are spread through multiple devices in different
are usually hidden from us by an “application layer” operating on those parent
devices. Accessing your cloud server is done either via a “management portal,”
which is an interface that gives you access to services on your cloud server,
or via FTP (or a similar file transfer program).
What Is A Physical Server?
The Theory behind a physical server is
fundamentally different from that of a cloud server. Physical servers are the
dedicated computers specifically purposed for private use.
These types of
servers are usually hand-built hardware, arranged in a specific designed
configuration and purposed to meet a particular goal for a business. They are
extremely powerful and fully customizable in every way. In this you will certainly be given privileged user access
over the entire system and can access, install, and set up according to your own
Features of Cloud Servers
- Your data
is easily transferable between physical “parent” servers. Basically, the
cloud service handles the processes that control storage and usage of data.
Because there is an application layer working on the cloud server, your
data can quickly and easily be moved among actual physical resources that
make up the cloud infrastructure.
redundancy and backups are also more easily achievable since copies of
your data can be spread across multiple physical machines automatically
without human intervention.
- The benefits of having your data
controlled by an application layer running across multiple servers rather
than a dedicated-to-you host are as follows.
client can control the amount and allocation of resources used at any
- A client can determine the exact
amount of resources they want to purchase
- The scalability of CPU cores, allocated RAM
(memory), and disk space can be
easily increased/decreased as needed.
- Additional services that can be provided are external file storage, load balancing, and databases can be added with a few easy clicks.
- Since the virtualized operating system is part of a parent server that may be shared by multiple accounts, the risk of over allocated physical resources is increased due to additional accounts on the parent.
- This could create poor performance for your application or site. These
“noisy neighbor” concerns are inherent in most cloud-based environments
and are considered one of the significant drawbacks of this type of
Features of Physical Servers
- Because the
physical resources are dedicated to just this server, there is no “noisy
neighbor” issue. This option ensures that you receive the full, undivided
use of the hardware. i.e. all the hardware is available for your
servers are configured with exact specifications in terms of the CPU type
and speed, disk space, memory, etc. This level of control allows for a
custom-designed server to excel at performing specific tasks you want to
perform. Also it provide for
additional flexibility of configuration that may not be available in a
a server can be dedicated to a unique set of tasks, additional hardware
options (e.g., dedicated firewalls, routers, and switches) are available,
which may not be available in a cloud-based system. This further increases
the degree of customization your environment can employ.
single-tenant environment of a physical server is usually the most secure
type of platform you can get. Because of the limited number of admin users
and the increased permission settings, there is less worry about attacks
from “neighboring accounts” in a cloud platform that may be sharing the
circumstance also precludes any additional performance issues for your
server. Also, there is less worry about a malicious user attempting to
exploit the parent server. These limit privileged access to the
application layer running the cloud-based hypervisor system.
to dedicated servers typically require some degree of downtime. Because
there are no additional resources to be “unlocked” or enabled for your use
during a hardware swap any upgrades involve the physical modifications of
the hardware itself.
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