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Cloud Server vs. Typical Dedicated Server

The new revolution of dedicated servers is here. Cloud servers powered by the latest Linux KVM technologies offer the same affordability and ease of management for you, with added granular scalability and full redundancy.


Cloud Servers Typical Dedicated Server
Storage Location
Servers are stored on a redundant central iSCSI enterprise storage server with thousands of gigabytes of storage ready for instant use. The majority of dedicated servers come with only one hard drive, which means a single disk failure and you lose all your data. Added redundancy comes with an extra cost.
Storage Tolerance
The central storage system can sustain at least 7 simultaneous drive failures (which is almost impossible) and any VPS node hardware failure doesn't bring your server down. With the majority of dedicated servers, any drive failure means that all of your data will be gone and you'll have to restore them from backups. This translates to less reliability and long downtimes.
Server Scalability
Ability to configure every aspect of your server without limitations, RAM can be upgraded with low storage. Any upgrades are instantly completed from an online control panel. Dedicated servers can be scaled to your demand, however, upgrading them involves long downtimes as servers are un-racked, upgraded, tested and re-racked, which doesn't always go smoothly.
High Availability
Cloud servers have full redundancy. If the host server fails, the cloud server instantly restarts on a new host seconds after detecting a failure, effectively decreasing downtime and increasing redundancy. Dedicated servers rarely have any redundancy in place. Any power, network or hardware failure could bring about long and costly downtimes, unless you have paid the premium for redundancy.

Cloud Server vs. Typical Virtual Server

The new revolution of dedicated servers is here. Cloud servers powered by the latest Linux KVM technologies offer the same affordability and ease of management, with added granular scalability and full redundancy.


Cloud Servers Typical Virtual Server
Storage Location
Servers are stored on a redundant central iSCSI enterprise storage server with thousands of gigabytes of storage ready for instant use. Servers are stored on a RAID-10 array located on the same server. This limits the amount of resources that can be allocated to your server.
Storage Tolerance
The central storage system can sustain at least 7 simultaneous drive failures (which is almost impossible) and individual VPS node hardware failures don't bring your server down. All of your data would be lost if a total of two simultaneous hard drive failures occur, the array would be irrecoverable after. If any other hardware of the VPS node fails, the server goes down.
Server Scalability
Ability to configure every aspect of your server without limitations, RAM can be upgraded with low storage. Any upgrades are instantly completed from an online control panel. Dedicated servers can be scaled to your demand, however, upgrading them involves long downtimes as servers are un-racked, upgraded, tested and re-racked, which doesn't always go smoothly.
High Availability
Ability to configure every aspect of your server without limitations, RAM can be upgraded with low storage. Any upgrades are instantly completed from an online control panel. There are a set of plans which are created by the hoster to fill their servers, not fulfill your needs. Therefore, you are forced to pay for more disk space if you need more RAM, etc.
High Availability
Cloud servers have full redundancy. If the host server fails, the cloud server instantly restarts on a new host seconds after detecting a failure, effectively decreasing downtime and increasing redundancy. VPS servers have zero hardware redundancy. This means if a main VPS host server fails, every VPS hosted thereon will be down until the VPS host is repaired and brought back online.
Server Pricing
Cloud servers are much better priced. The ability to control specific resources and order specific amounts of disk space, CPU, bandwidth or RAM allows you to get the server you need for the best price. VPS servers tend to cost more due to plans. Service providers maintain a ratio of storage and RAM in order to fill their nodes. This makes it more expensive to acquire specific resources in a VPS.

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