After surpassing a certain threshold in website use, the limitations of shared servers start becoming evident. Especially with the most popular ones, which have really shady rules of etiquette among users.
Even those that offer really attractive features, such as insane amounts of CPU cores and OS flexibility, more often than not end up letting you down as their shared resources are being gobbled up by other users like there is no tomorrow.
The alternative was to have your own server. But it requires having a business, or set of them, generating enough income to justify the expenses, let alone having an IT specialist on your payroll for tweaking or troubleshooting.
In other terms: Having your own server is expensive, and would render your small e-commerce operation unprofitable overnight.
Yes, they are fast, flexible and 100% under your control. But most of its resources would be considered overhead and you would still be paying for it. On the other hand, if you ever get to outgrow it, you won´t enjoy any type of scalability, and will inevitably end up renting space on a shared network AGAIN.
Do you think I’m exaggerating? Think again. It happens more often than you’d imagine, prompting the apparition of bazillions of host services all over the web.
So. What´s your best option?
These beasts are composed of nicely intertwined servers that act as a giant computing hub. There are many advantages to this particular kind of setup. You can visit togglebox.com to read a detailed guide about the scalability of Cloud hosting.
For example, given that the resources are pooled, cloud servers can host a lot more users and even redirect resources right where they are needed. This fixes the problem of resource gouging.
They are totally scalable. You only pay for what you use. You don’t pay for that extra overhead, which means that cloud servers are a lot more affordable than their counterparts. It also means that whenever you need some extra juice, say for that black Friday sale, you can just pay for a little more power to handle the incoming traffic.
They usually are more flexible in terms of operating systems and add-ons. Cloud servers usually allow you to install exotic OS´ or tweak your set up a bit. Dedicated servers also allow for this, but you need to know what you’re doing.
Nowadays, cloud servers are becoming really easy to use and set up. You only need to make sure their CPUs are actually up to date. There is no use going for a cloud server that offers 8 cores of 2nd gen CPUs that they got on a big refurbished sale.
Fortunately, serious players are bringing in the big guns. Kamatera cloud servers have shown great hardware for my projects. I even got some 2019 cascade lake processors that have a great kick, allowing us to pump up to 72 vCUPs and all the ram I ever needed.
I have hosted real big operations on their servers and their uptime is top-notch. Of course, there are other cloud servers out there, but Kamatera holds the number one spot for me in 2021.
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