Shared vs Dedicated Cloud Hosting – What’s the Difference?

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Cloud hosting is a secure, flexible and cost-effective option for businesses of all sizes. But when you’re looking to migrate to the cloud, you will find yourself facing a choice: shared or dedicated cloud hosting.

These are the two distinct types of cloud hosting available, with pros and cons for each option. Which is best for you?

Read on to learn about the difference between shared and dedicated cloud hosting and find out which option is best for you…

The difference between dedicated and shared

With dedicated cloud hosting services, your business gets its own dedicated servers. That means unlimited capacity and resources, giving you complete control over how and when you use it.

In contrast, shared cloud hosting refers to several users sharing the same server and same resources. In some cases, that means limits on capacity for each user. However, with the right provider, it can offer all the same benefits of dedicated cloud hosting without the huge costs.

·        Pros and cons of dedicated cloud hosting

Dedicated cloud hosting is ideal for companies who have plenty of time and money to invest. On the upside, it provides unlimited resources. However, this requires significant financial investment, not to mention the time and resources required to manage it.

Dedicated servers require staff with specialist know-how for set up and management. That includes ongoing security and monitoring as well as frequent updates. Should anything go wrong, it’s up to your company to resolve it.

·        Pros and cons of shared cloud hosting

One of the clearest benefits of shared cloud hosting is the cost.  Businesses pay less because they split operating costs between several users. This makes it favourable for small organisations who don’t have the money to pay for typically more expensive dedicated servers.

Shared cloud hosting is also advantageous for larger companies because of the convenience. With shared servers, security is taken care of. Businesses don’t need to manage their own security programs or even monitor their servers. Deployment is fast and easy with all software installed by your provider.

However, there are some potential downsides with certain providers. Some cloud hosting companies will take shared servers too literally, forcing users to share a set amount of server space. This results in a huge compromise, where businesses are limited to the space and bandwidth they can use. If they use more than their allocated share, they could face extra costs or penalties, which would wipe out the initial financial saving.

The best of both worlds

At Green Cloud Hosting, we combine the best of both worlds with a dedicated cloud environment on our shared servers. Businesses are free to scale up and down with potentially unlimited space and resources, along with the very best security and 24/7 monitoring.

Best of all, with our tailored cloud hosting services, you only pay for what you use. It’s the perfect cloud hosting solution for business of any size in any sector. Want to try it out? Get in touch today on 0161 979 0691 or info@greencloudhosting.co.uk to arrange your free 14-day trial today.

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