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    Dedicated server or Cloud Hosting?

    When hosting a website with huge traffic on the internet

    Should I chose a dedicated server, cloud hosting or a VPS?

    What factors should I consider when choosing?

    I am looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Thanks in advance.

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    a dedicated server would surely be the best choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfharris View Post
    a dedicated server would surely be the best choice.
    Could you elaborate on this? why you think a dedicated server is better than a cloud hosting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Worner View Post
    When hosting a website with huge traffic on the internet

    Should I chose a dedicated server, cloud hosting or a VPS?

    What factors should I consider when choosing?

    I am looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Thanks in advance.
    It depends.

    Is this an established site, or a new site?
    How much traffic are you receiving?
    What is your current resource usage?

    Cloud hosting can give you the benefit of being instantly scaleable as well as being redundant.
    BUT, you have a to be careful!
    A) Too many companies use "Cloud Hosting" as a marketing term, when really it is just a standard shared hosting or VPS.
    B) Some companies like Amazon that do have true cloud hosting, can stick you with a very high bill at the end of the month if you have a spike in traffic (resource usage)

    With a dedicated server, you have less 'moving parts' and therefore less components that can fail. You also have a set amount of resources, all to yourself, and your completely isolated.

    If you have very large fluctuations in traffic, or need to be instantly scaleable to handle massive loads, then cloud hosting can be beneficial. Otherwise, sticking with a dedicated server is usually better in the long run. If your worried about downtime and want redundancy in case of hardware failure, then you can always use 2+ dedicated server behind a loadbalancer.
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    2U Dedicated server with of 64GB RAM, 2TB Fast hard disk, bandwidth [international and local combination] can fulfil it. Use branded server like Dell, HP, Cisco, or IBM.

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    I would say dedicated server, only because in my opinion they are better. Are you experienced in cloud servers , or dedicated servers

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    Cloud hosting should be use only if you need to be quickly scalable. Because in fact, an hosting can be describe as cloud only if it run on a top of baremetal servers, which mean using a system like openstack to manage VPS with dynamic size and network.

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    This is true when you go with cheap options. Cloud computing is similar to VM but on high level. but a dedicated server is a solid server!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Worner View Post
    When hosting a website with huge traffic on the internet

    Should I chose a dedicated server, cloud hosting or a VPS?

    What factors should I consider when choosing?

    I am looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Thanks in advance.
    I would like to recommend you Dedicated servers, if your site facing high traffic on daily basis else go with cloud so that you can increase and decrease the server resources as per traffic expectation on your website, it will help you for cost cutting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macklong View Post
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    This is true when you go with cheap options. Cloud computing is similar to VM but on high level. but a dedicated server is a solid server!
    Solid yes ! but hard to backup and with no way to access to it if it's down. Even with a dedicated I always run my server in virtual server. If needed I can move a VPS between two host without downtime. Working without an urgency escape, never again ^^
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    Quote Originally Posted by leto12 View Post
    Solid yes ! but hard to backup and with no way to access to it if it's down. Even with a dedicated I always run my server in virtual server. If needed I can move a VPS between two host without downtime. Working without an urgency escape, never again ^^
    Exactly! That's why I pick dedicated servers all the time!

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by RDO Servers View Post
    It depends.

    Is this an established site, or a new site?
    How much traffic are you receiving?
    What is your current resource usage?
    Of course it is an established site, to be honest, it was a site of my group who built it 2 years ago and now it is getting around 1800+ visitors/day from Google analytics, sometimes it was overload when traffic increased fast. Where to find current resource usage on my hosting?

    Quote Originally Posted by sabrinalee View Post
    2U Dedicated server with of 64GB RAM, 2TB Fast hard disk, bandwidth [international and local combination] can fulfil it. Use branded server like Dell, HP, Cisco, or IBM.
    I saw dedicated server offers but they are very expensive and hard to reach out to some.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marc A View Post
    I would say dedicated server, only because in my opinion they are better. Are you experienced in cloud servers , or dedicated servers
    Quote Originally Posted by praveenk View Post
    I would like to recommend you Dedicated servers, if your site facing high traffic on daily basis else go with cloud so that you can increase and decrease the server resources as per traffic expectation on your website, it will help you for cost cutting.
    What do you mean for increasing and decreasing the server resources on the server. Please elaborate this.

    I could not know when the traffic increase or decreasing time by time.

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    It actually depends on your need.
    If I may ask:
    Is it a new website or existing one?
    What volume of traffic is your website generating per month?

    If it's a new website and you are just building your traffic, VPS & dedicated is a good start. You can go for cloud hosting when you are are getting massive traffic, for speed and effectiveness.
    IMPORTANT NOTE: Note that some people do claim they are offering cloud hosting whereas it's just a shared VPS.This fake cloud hosting is usually cheap, so look out for this.The cloud hosting I recommend is Amazon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Worner View Post
    When hosting a website with huge traffic on the internet

    Should I chose a dedicated server, cloud hosting or a VPS?

    What factors should I consider when choosing?

    I am looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Thanks in advance.
    As said that you are expecting huge traffic, I will suggest you to go for dedicated server.
    The best performing server when you have huge traffic on your website.

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    Nice discussion. Any physical server (Dedicated server) comes with certain resource limits. Any genuine Cloud based server would get additional resources assign from a shared pool. However, it depends of the underlying infrastructure and the Cloud computing technology in use.
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