With the introduction of Cloud technology, many firms and enterprises got skeptical about the future of dedicated hosting. There indeed is a reason for anyone to doubt it – with the fast gaining popularity of ‘as a service’ suffix of nearly everything in the digital space.
The massive hype created by service providing companies forced decision makers to think of decommissioning their dedicated servers and instead switch to cloud based alternatives.
Simply, in a real life scenario the picture that’s portrayed, is different. According to a study conducted by Microsoft, the dedicated servers account for nearly 48% of the hosting facility spending. Furthermore, the company has also estimated and increase of 40% on top of it during the upcoming two years.
Then, why do big brands strongly believe and claim for a positive future of Dedicated servers?
First of all, a dedicated server is still a must have for enterprises. Why?
Designed to deliver set amount of resources – which has its own pros and cons. But many argue over its lack of capabilities of offering flexibility and scalability in real-time. All being true, yet one of the most crucial qualities that only a dedicated server possesses is ‘it’s dedicated’ – unlike other platforms which operate under a fundamental principal of sharing of resources. And because it’s used by a single individual or firm, it’s supposed to be more reliable.
Data Security – With Dedicated and other platforms
Let me re-utter the fundamentals again – one factor that makes the two segments different is ‘SHARING’, one does and the other doesn’t.
In order to achieve scalability and flexibility offered by a public cloud, an enterprise running a mission critical business, cannot compromise on security. Cloud is usually one of the preferred choices because of the cost factor associated with it. Since the computing resources and the infrastructure is shared between different users, the overall cost is shared amongst tenants.
Whereas, in a dedicated environment, the entire infrastructure and resources are used by a single entity.
Outages are common for all the platforms offered by the service providers, hence this cannot be a differentiating factor. This can be supported by one of the recent articles on CIO Insight, which covers the enterprises relying on the big brands such as Google, Amazon and Microsoft have encountered downtime too which even resulted in loss of data at some instances too.
Furthermore, if enterprises are under an impression that Cloud would always help you save on bucks then you are wrong. Having your business moved to cloud may even tend to increase costs in comparison with that of a dedicated server (we’ll discuss on this some other time in elaboration).
Having a dedicated environment allows you to implement custom security settings and follow your own protocols of data security, on the other hand, having hosted in an environment set-up and managed by a service provider leaves you with using the security and access controls.
From this perspective, I’d say that dedicated servers are still standing tall, unhindered with the rising hype for other services introduced in the industry. Enterprises can be rest assured about its efficiency and some incomparable advantages delivered by dedicated hosting environments.
Though, if you still want to test the Cloud, you may think of starting with backing up data over it – this can enhance your data security measures too.
You’d be glad to know that, if you are keen with using the Cloud for your large business requirements, Private Cloud can be a viable alternative. Hence, if you are an enterprise thinking of what to do with your current hardware, evaluate the possibility of collocating it to a reliable datacenter who can help you set them up in a cluster of servers owned by you.