Once you have made the decision that the best place for your server and the associated applications and data, the next choice facing you is which is the best platform to utilise – virtualised, cloud-based or your own dedicated server. Since all three options (unlike a shared web hosting package) give you an element of control over the server and OS environment, it can often appear more complex a decision than it actually is.
A virtual server is a good option for people who won’t need guaranteed resources all the time and are happy to accept a lower fixed price for their own secure, hosted server, albeit such that they are sharing resources with other customers deployed on the same platform.
A cloud-based server (which is the current industry darling) is effectively a halfway house between the other two options – you get your own, secure hosted server with some control over the environment and the ability to load your own applications (or should that be apps now ? ) but you also get to upgrade the resources as and when you need them – say, if you’re an online retailer coming up to Christmas – without having to move all your data and configurations onto a new server.
Clearly though, a dedicated server offers the best option for those who require maximum performance and the highest levels of flexibility. All dedicated server customers the world over should certainly also get industry-leading Service Level Agreements from their hosting partner. Its actually a better solution than deploying a dedicated server in your own offices, from both technical and financial perspectives – dependant upon your exact configuration, there’s less likely to be a huge upfront investment in hardware and software required, so that’s good for your cash flow. You also don’t need to worry about staff training, as we do all that as well!