Technology is constantly changing, and that means that computer servers are changing, too. There are also two types of servers: A Cloud Server and a Dedicated Server. The type that you use can have major implications for you and your business.
What Is A Cloud Server?
A cloud server is not a physical server. Instead, it is a virtual server that operates in a virtual environment. It is built in such a way that it can be accessed from any place that has internet access. Creating a cloud server means that people can access their work files anywhere, anytime, anyplace. It also means that people can use programs on the server from anywhere, even without physically downloading those programs to their computers.
As computer processing power has increased over the past few years, cloud servers have become increasingly popular. However, they are not without risks. Cloud servers can be hacked or broken into if they do not have ample security, and a technical problem or security breach can cause catastrophic damage to a business.
There are also some business-specific cloud server concerns. For example, if you have a medical business, you have to make sure that your cloud server is HIPPA compliant. Joe Oesterling, Chief Technology Officer at Liquid Web, reminds users that, “HIPAA compliance is an integral part of your business.” This is particularly the case for cloud servers, as they must meet multiple requirements, including an encrypted network, firewalls, and more.
What Is A Dedicated Server?
Many business owners have to ask, “What is a dedicated server and how does it benefit my business?” A dedicated server is a physical server, as opposed to a cloud-based server. It usually resides in the same physical location as a business and can be accessed by anyone who is physically hooked up to that server, either by a hard connection or a WiFi network. While there may be limited internet options to join the dedicated server, they are usually smaller and have less processing power.
What Are The Differences?
There are many differences between the two types of servers. Virtual servers are built around remote access, while dedicated servers may have limited remote access options or none at all. Physical servers can also crash, and if the server is not backed up on a regular basis, you may lose all of your data. It is almost completely impossible to lose all data with a remote server versus a dedicated server. Dedicated servers have been around for decades and are generally easier to manage. Cloud servers may be more complicated, depending on the size of the server. Finally, if a dedicated server breaks down, you may be out of luck. By contrast, the only way you lose access to a cloud server is if the entire system crashes – an extremely unlikely possibility.
Both servers may have perfectly valid uses for you and your business. Make sure to talk with a technology professional before deciding what server is right for you